Stereophonics star Kelly Jones has recalled the time his neighbour was left stunned after finding singing legend Sir Tom Jones in Kelly’s kitchen.
Singer Kelly, 49, has been good friends with fellow Welshman Sir Tom, 83, since 1997 and once invited him back to his home for a few drinks after a television appearance.
During his visit, Sir Tom gave an impromptu kitchen performance of some of his biggest hits to his pals while at Kelly’s flat.
However, the moment prompted one of Kelly’s neighbours to bang on the door and ask them to turn the ‘Tom Jones records’ down, only to be left in utter disbelief when he saw the star standing in the kitchen.
Referring to late Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, who died in 2010, Kelly explained on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 this week: ‘He came back to my flat once after doing a Jools Holland show with Stuart. We were having a drink in the house and it was going on a bit.
Epic tale: Stereophonics star Kelly Jones, 49, has recalled the time his neighbour was left stunned after finding singing legend Sir Tom Jones, 83, in Kelly’s kitchen (Kelly pictured earlier this month)
Welcoming: Singer Kelly has been good friends with fellow Welshman Sir Tom, 83, since 1997 and once invited him back to his home for a few drinks after a television appearance (Sir Tom pictured earlier this month)
‘And the guy above came down, and we were singing and stuff. And the guy knocked on the door and he said, “Look, I’ve got really early appointment in the morning. Can you turn down the Tom Jones records down a bit?”
‘And Stuart comes to the door and he goes, “What’s the problem over here then bud?” And he goes, “Look I’ve got to get to sleep for the morning can you just turn down the Tom Jones records?”
‘And we said, “We’re not playing Tom Jones records,” I said, “Tom Jones is in my kitchen singing.” And he goes, “Yeah, right.”
‘I go, “Look, come and have a look.” And he sees Tom in the kitchen and he goes, “Ah right, fair enough.” He said, “Have a good night.”
‘And then I close the door and and Tom goes, “That’s the problem, see. When you have a flat, there’s always somebody above you who’ got something to say.
It comes after Sir Tom Jones has kept his vow to ‘keep on singing Delilah’.
The 83-year-old crooner defiantly belted out the song last Friday at Cardiff Castle in Wales, then again delighted fans with it at Newbury racecourse last Saturday after he publicly challenged a ban on choirs performing his grisly hit about a woman’s murder.
Addressing fans in Cardiff by questioning the Welsh Rugby Union’s decision to stop playing Delilah at Wales matches, he said: ‘Who was the man who didn’t want us to sing Delilah?
Hitmakers: Kelly is a founding member and lead singer of The Stereophonics, seen here (centre) with Richard Jones (left) and the late Stuart Cable (right) in 2010
‘He stopped the choir from singing but he didn’t stop the crowd from singing it. And we will keep singing it too.’
He’s also said to have told fans: ‘You can’t stop us singing Delilah. Can you imagine?… they may stop the choir from singing it, but they haven’t stopped the crowd. Keep on singing it – and I’ll keep on singing it too.’
The 1968 ballad, written by Barry Mason, was removed from playlists at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff due to its lyrics describing a woman’s murder by her boyfriend after she is caught with another man.
Tom’s defiance has been backed by former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey, 64, who says it is a ‘classic murder ballad that goes back to the very foundations of folk music’.
Defiant: It comes after Sir Tom kept his vow to ‘keep on singing Delilah’ after the Welsh Rugby Union decided to stop playing the song and Wales matches (Sir Tom pictured at Newbury Race Course this month)
Tom previously defended the song in 2014 amid calls to have it banned from being sung at rugby matches.
He said: ‘I love to hear it sung at rugby games. It makes me very proud to be Welsh.
‘I think if they’re looking into the lyric about a man killing a woman, it’s not a political statement.
‘It’s just something that happens in life that (a) woman was unfaithful to him and he just loses it.’