Lostprophets find their way home
Published 20/01/2010 | 11:08
Lostprophets have played a gig at their old school.
The Welsh rockers, who live in LA, returned to their home town of Pontypridd as part of a campaign to encourage people back to South Wales.
Singer Ian Watkins said: "I haven't been back to the school since I left in 1995 but you don't realise how important growing up in the Valleys is until you leave."
The gig was held to promote the Valleys Homecoming scheme to entice people back to communities once synonymous with heavy industry and coal mining.
The band played a live set in the canteen of Pontypridd's Hawthorn High School, including their new single Where We Belong, which frontman Ian said was a "love letter to being home".
"You don't realise what you have until you leave it and after travelling all over the world, nothing makes us more proud than being from the Valleys," he said.
Rhythm guitarist Mike Lewis said: "It was pretty cool actually, to come back here and see all the teachers and just have all the kids here give us such a warm welcome, to be so enthusiastic. It was pretty awesome."
He added: "If we can make something of our lives anybody can. 15 years ago we were the same as all of the kids here, just running around being mental trying to think of what you can do."