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Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones explains how David Bowie inspired their hit song ‘Dakota’

Kelly Jones, the lead singer of Welsh rock group Stereophonics, has revealed how the late David Bowie helped create one of the band’s biggest hits.

‘Dakota’, the lead single taken from Stereophonics’ fifth studio album Language. Sex. Violence. Other?, was released in 2005 and dominated the charts the world over and remains a staple of the band’s live shows today.

Currently on the road once again, Jones explained during a recent performance at London’s O2 Arena that the song was created after some words of advice from David Bowie when Stereophonics supported the Starman during a string of tour dates in 2003.

“David Bowie would be watching, so we didn’t want to waste too much of his time,” Jones told the crowd before introducing ‘Dakota’.

“So we’d play a song for maybe 45 seconds, and then another song for like a minute, and then maybe another song for a minute, and then maybe 30 seconds of a song.”

He continued: “And then I would walk off the stage and I would walk towards the dressing room, and [Bowie] would put his arm on my shoulder and he would walk with me and say, ‘You know, if you extended a few of those songs, you might be fucking onto something’.”

“So I wrote this song, this is called ‘Dakota’.”