Over the past decade or so, Welsh super-rockers Stereophonics have been selling-out shows in all manner of large locations - castles, stadiums, arenas and huge festivals have been the order of the day. But secretly, we're sure Kelly Jones and crew have a penchant for down-sizing and playing a 'proper' smaller venue again, just as they were doing in those heady formative years in the late '90s.
Next year will see the band celebrate the 15th anniversary of the raucous ballsy debut album, "Word Gets Around", but beforehand, there are even bigger matters in hand. After all the huge attendances around the world, Stereophonics have announced a trio of intimate gigs in December and, whilst they aren't in their homeland, fans will still mop tickets up in double-quick time.
The chosen venue is the Shepherd's Bush Empire in West London, the shows are called "The Three Night Stand" and dates are 19th, 20th and 21st December. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday morning and are bound to sell out pretty quickly.
Stereophonics have a habit of selling out their shows, even from the beginning. Their reputation as a crack live outfit hasn't dwindled over the years with many festivals such as Glastonbury, Oxegen, Isle of Wight and Reading/Leeds being the location for headlining performances. At time of going to press, there aren't any details as to what songs the band will be performing but with five number 1 albums to choose from, including "Just Enough Education to Perform" and "You Gotta Go There To Come Back", you can bet these will play a heavy part in these Christmas shows.