Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones on how his child’s cancer inspired the ‘celebratory’ song

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has revealed that his song ‘Forever’ was originally written about the ‘grave and scary’ time his first child was being treated for cancer.

The track is on the new album Oochya! by the Welsh rock band. but emerged when his son Colby, who now attends the prestigious Brit School in south London, was around 18 months old.

Jones rediscovered the unused track while working on new Stereophonics material during lockdown and felt the vibe would resonate with listeners today.


Stereophonics band members Adam Zindani, Richard Jones, Kelly Jones and Jamie Morrison (Lia Toby/PA)

In the downtempo, melodic song, he sings about wanting to “fly away forever” and “take your pain and let go.”

He told the PA news agency: “Forever was lyrically written quite a long time ago and back then it was about confronting something quite serious and scary in my life.

“I didn’t know how I was going to deal with it and I was trying to protect the person who was going through it.

“It became like trying to escape, but you can’t escape because you have to face what’s going on.

“So it’s about freedom and it’s about escapism, but it’s also, I think, about having to keep going no matter how difficult the times are.”

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Jones has two children with his former partner Rebecca Walters and two with his wife, MTV journalist Jakki Healy. Colby, his eldest, is transgender.

He added: “That song was about how my youngest – my first child at the time – got diagnosed with cancer when they were about 18 months, 19 months.

“It was relevant at the time, but I never released the song.

“But throughout life you have other challenges in your life and I just thought the lyrics were quite… It wasn’t ambiguous but open to interpretation.

“I hadn’t forgotten. I had the song there, but it fit the feel of the record.

“Because I think as much as the song was about something very, very personal, the sense of how the song makes you feel is quite celebratory.

“It’s really an odd juxtaposition.”

Ooh yes! by Stereophonics is now available. Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones on how his child’s cancer inspired the ‘celebratory’ song

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