Top tip. If you are starting a band now try choosing a name that begins with the letter B. Think about it. From The Beatles to Blondie via The Bee Gees, Blur and Beach Boys, so many of the greatest bands ever starts with that letter.
You might also consider investing in a season ticket at The Emirates too. For it appears that among Britain’s rock royalty at least, the Gunners have the most celebrity fans.
In a not very scientific survey I took 12 key British bands and noted the footballing preferences of their key members.
Some, like Oasis and Pink Floyd are well documented. For others I had to dig deep into the dark recesses of web chats, local news stories and more. If you have any hearsay, gossip or best of all evidence about the footballing affiliations of the people featured in the pages that follow please add them to the comments.
Anyhow, Arsenal just about shaded it as the most supported team. What is odd though is that Man United have so few big rock stars among their fans. Thom Yorke is rumoured to be a fan as is The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft and a Stone Roses member or two, but that’s pretty slim pickings for one of the most popular clubs in the world. * UPDATE The Happy Mondays too.
Anyhow here is the list. And before you ask yes I know Coldplay and Mumford and Sons should probably be on this list. For the record Marcus Mumford supports AFC Wimbledon and Chris Martin possibly supports Exeter City.
The Rolling Stones - Arsenal/Spurs
I wonder if Andrew Loog Oldham took a leaf out of Brian Epstein's book and told his young charges not to be to specific about which team they supported. Mick Jagger certainly took it to heart and has gone on record as saying he likes both Arsenal and Spurs. Like Macca though his true affiliation has emerged as he has got older. He did an interview with FIFA in 2010 when he said 'My family was always a great Arsenal-supporting family. I support Arsenal, but my eldest son goes every week, and I don’t go every week. We come from a family of keen supporters. As for Keith , well it seems like he has zero interest in the game. His mum once said - Keith was a very artistic child. He didn't like football. If a ball came near him, he'd run away. We'd come to watch him play. He hated being tackled. He didn't like to be hurt. Keith didn't want to be on the rough side of life; just drawing and painting.' According to the Golden Stone biography Brian Jones hated sport, even though he was quite good at it. As for Bill, his wiki page has him supporting Port Vale which seems very unlikely. There are lots of tales of him watching Crystal Palace as a child, which seem a little more believable. Charlie has been spotted at White Hart Lane a few times, so this one works out as North London score draw.