Jon Bird, operations manager at The National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said it was "disturbing that there are serious sex offenders who are able to mix with their own kind". Mr Bird added there was a "real concern" about whether Watkins was co-operating fully with his sex offenders treatment and had admitted to the seriousness of his crimes.
Ex-Lostprophets singer, Ian Watkins, faced his sentencing for child sex offences today and received 35 years imprisonment from Cardiff Crown Court. To make things even more grim, it has now been revealed that after admitting to the offences last month, Watkins has made phone calls from prison describing the events as "megalolz" and that he "didn't know what everyone was getting so freaked out about". Read full details of the sentencing here and live updates from the proceedings here.
On November 27, the day after he admitted he was a paedophile, he said of the court hearing: "It was, like, either me go up there and say 'Come on, it wasn't that bad, nobody got hurt', I do my charm. Or do...
After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we'll be forever grateful for all you've given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been.
Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time.
Update #2: The band's website has been taken down and replaced by a short statement from the rest of the band.
Update: Ian was denied bail earlier today in court and will remain in prison until his hearing on December 31st.
Head here to read our interview with Lostprophets, where bassist Stu Richardson discusses their latest album and forthcoming stint on Warped Tour.Weapons is released today in the US and the band will be on Tilly's Stage at Warped from 7/12 to 8/5.
Lostprophets recently did their first U.S. radio interview in six years via x107.5 out of Las Vegas. You can listen to the interview here. The band's fifth studio album Weapons will be available in North America on June 19th via Fearless Records.
Lostprophets will releaseWeapons on April 2nd, 2012. Artwork can be seen here.
1) Bring 'Em Down
2) We Bring An Arsenal
3) Another Shot
4) Jesus Walks
5) A Song for Where I'm From
6) A Little Reminder That I'll Never Forget
7) Better Off Dead
8) Heart on Loan
10) Can't Get Enough
Lostprophets have put a new song up for free download. Grab "Better Off Dead" from their website. Alternatively, you can stream the track here. The band's fifth album, Weapons, is set to be released on April 2 with Epic Records.
Made in Hell, clothing line of Ian Watkins of Lostprophets, has launched the first part of its fall line. The line includes two t-shirts, one hoodie, and a polo. All items are limited to 250 pieces, hand numbered, and signed by Watkins.
Check out L'Amour La Morgue's remix of Young Guns' "The Weight of the World" here. L'Amour La Morgue has recently added remixes by White Lies, Magic Wands, and more to their myspace page and will be doing a DJ set at this years Reading and Leeds festival.
Lostprophets will be doing 3 UK warm up shows in Manchester (Sold Out), Wolverhampton, and Newport before Reading & Leeds. The Dead Formats and Young Guns will be doing support. You can buy tickets here.
1) The Collapse
2) Order Restored
3) All These Changes
4) Take Control
5) Time Erase
6) Haunt My Mind
7) This War Time
8) The Credit "We" Deserve
9) Tap Dancing In A Minefield