Ian Watkins

Welsh Musician
Born Jul 30, 1977

Ian David Karslake Watkins is a founding member and the lead vocalist and lyricist of the Welsh alternative rock band Lostprophets.

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1977 Birth Born on July 30, 1977.


1991 13 Years Old Lewis' and Watkins' mutual enjoyment of rock and metal music strengthened their friendship, leading them, as teenagers in 1991, to form a group called Aftermath, a thrash metal band that played in a shed in Watkins' garden. … Read More
1995 17 Years Old Watkins reunited with Mike Lewis as a drummer in a hardcore band called Public Disturbance, formed in 1995.
1997 19 Years Old By this time, Watkins and Gaze had left Fleshbind to create their own band, Lost Prophets, who made their live debut in May 1997 alongside Public Disturbance, with Watkins as the lead vocalist.


1998 20 Years Old In 1998, Watkins left Public Disturbance to concentrate on the newly named lostprophets (all lower-case letters).


On New Year's Eve 2008, Watkins took part in a concert for Kidney Wales Foundation and stated that his reasons for being involved were as a result of his mother needing a kidney transplant: "Having that direct experience is why I wanted to get more involved with Kidney Wales and organise a fundraising concert on New Year's Eve." … Read More
2012 34 Years Old On 19 December 2012, Watkins was charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a 1-year-old girl, and with possession and/or distribution of indecent images of children and "extreme animal pornography", charges which were heard at Cardiff magistrates court. … Read More
2013 35 Years Old On 31 December, he appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video link from Parc Prison, Bridgend, and was remanded in custody until 11 March 2013. … Read More
2014 36 Years Old Watkins was transferred to HM Prison Long Lartin on 25 January 2014, so that he could be closer to his mother after she had a kidney transplant. … Read More
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