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The Welsh group, on tour after the release of their eleventh album Kind, offered a tour of their sizeable hits at the Rockhal on Tuesday evening.

Lately Stereophonics gigs have something to delight fans of the band's earlier material, especially in Luxembourg, where the Welsh rockers have performed six times.

Between legs in Lausanne and Hamburg the band were in fine form - last year saw Kelly Jones and crew tear the Atelier a new one, showcasing crowd-pleasers from all eleven albums to date. Tuesday 11 February was an evening on the big stage of the Rockhal, and the boys applied the same recipe, with a slight emphasis on their eleventh and last album, Kind, released late last year.

Kind is a softer and particularly sincere opus, says bassist Richard Jones in our interview (see below) and of which we got a glimpse with the beautiful strolls through "Fly Like an Eagle", "Hungover for you" and " Don't Let the Devil Take Another Day."


Kicking things off was "C'est la vie", an energetic track from the album Keep the Village Alive (2015). It was only the first of the hits sung by Kelly Jones, who always gives everything on stage but keeps crowd interaction to a minimum.

At the Rockhal, however, Kelly comes a little more out of his shell, playing with self-mockery when he started playing the first notes of "Mr and Mrs Smith" with a badly-tuned guitar, testing several chords and then heading to the piano.

From the ultra-popular "Maybe Tomorrow", from You Gotta Go There to Come Back (2003) and taken up a cappella by the public, to "Have a Nice Day" (Just Enough Education to Perform, 2001) or even "Graffiti on the train "(2012) and the most recent "I Wanna Get Lost With You "(Keep the Village Alive, 2015), Stereophonics largely kept those in their 30s and 40s entertained, despite feedback buzzing throughout the set.

Certainly, some of the group's cult titles, like "Not up to you", which dates from the very first Word Gets Around album almost 23 years ago, are rarely played on stage today.

Others stand the test of time, such as "A Thousand Trees" or "Hurry Up and Wait" (Performance and Cocktails, 1999). And then there are a few revisited titles that exude a lot of charm like "Elevators", played on a ukulele, an instrument offered to Jones the singer by Jones the bass player, best mates and 'Phonics founders.

And to conclude a well-balanced set lasting about two hours, what could be better than going back to the album:Language. Sex. Violence. Other? (2005), and still hugely effective "Dakota"?

Part one is here...

and Part two is here.

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