POP superstardom could be on the cards for the son of a South Tyneside-born rock star when he takes to the stage with one of the biggest bands in the country.

John Miles Junior, son of Jarrow-born 70s rock superstar John Miles, is hoping that his new band Fixate will be able to reproduce some of his dad's success, and where better to start than supporting Irish superstars Westlife.

The band will appear with the chart-topping boy band at its five shows in Newcastle, warming up the crowds at the Telewest Arena until Wednesday before hitting the road for the rest of the nationwide tour.

John said: "I've been in the music business for a few years now, and I tasted a bit of success a few years back with the band Jay when we made a Eurovision song.

"I had a good time with them and thought that I could pursue the music career even further with Fixate."

John describes Fixate's sound as a mixture of pop and R'n'B, produced by the people who helped Craig David get his big break.

He said: "It's a sound that is popular at the moment, but with our own individual styles."

The 22-year-old, who was born in Boldon where his dad still lives but now lives in London, can count a host of world-famous pop stars as friends and admits to sharing a few pints with the Westlife boys when they are in the capital.

He said: "They are all really good lads and we have a good laugh when we go out with them, the whole tour just kind of came about through our friendship."

John is looking forward to returning home at the weekend for a show in Newcastle after months away in London.

He said: "My dad is throwing a party at the house for everyone, which should be really good. The show at the arena should be great and I'm really looking forward to it."