Stuart Cable was one of the founding members of the Stereophonics and he passed away on Monday, June 7th. He was only 40 years old. Although he left Stereophonics in 2003 amid rumours of disputes with his bandmates over his lack of commitment, both Kelly Jones and Richard Jones have stated that they patched up their differences shortly after and remained close with Stuart.
Stereophonics are one of my all-time favourite bands. I saw them live at Cardiff Castle in 1998 and again at the Virgin Music Festival on Toronto Island in 2008. They are incredible live and often headline music festivals around the world. One of the best performances in the group was always the one given by Stuart Cable – he was known for his high energy drum playing and the crazy faces he made while he played. Here is one of their most famous performances – Thousand Trees live at Morfa.
I found this great documentary that I had never seen before. It includes some terrific interviews and live footage from the bands very early days.
Here they are performing at Cardiff Castle in 1998. I am somewhere in that screaming crowd…
Although I have enjoyed going through all of the concert footage and loved watching the BBC documentary, I wish it hadn’t been prompted by such a sad occurrence.