‘Nothing else comes close to playing live’: Sir Tom Jones on his concert at Euston Hall
PUBLISHED: 14:03 28 June 2018
Promising a celebration of his six decades in music, Sir Tom Jones takes to the stage in the region for a summer concert. He tells us how fans should expected the unexpected and why he looks performing outdoors.
Music legend Sir Tom Jones wil take to the stage at Euston Hall next week as part of a tour some of the UK’s most historic locations.
His Summer House Sounds tour starts in East Anglia with a date in the grounds of Euston Hall, close to the Norfolk-Suffolk border, just south of Thetford, on July 6.
Sir Tom’s distinctive baritone voice and iconic hits have earned him a place as one of the nation’s best loved artists and the concert will be a celebration of a career that spans six decades.
He first cut his teeth singing in dance halls and working men’s clubs of the Welsh valleys around his native Pontypridd as the frontman for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group and then as a solo performer after cutting some tracks with legendary producer Joe Meek.
But when his second solo single, It’s Not Unusual, was released in 1965 it led to instant international fame.
With more than 100million record sales under his belt - including the instantly recognisable hits Kiss, Delilah and What’s New Pussycat - he has over the decades managed to keep relevant and to continue having hits with an eclectic musical mix spanning pop, rock, soul, RnB, dance, country and gospel.
He has also won over a new generation of fans with his role qas a judge on TV’s The Voice.
His return to the region comes a year after the It’s Not Unusual singer performed against the backdrop of north Norfolk stately home Holkham Hall.
Ahead of his latest concert we caught up with Sir Tom…
What can fans expect from your summer shows?
Fans will experience both the ‘expected’ and the unexpected! This is what gives a show excitement and energy, and the audience will feel it — they won’t know exactly why they are having such a great time, but they’ll leave feeling great and with a big smile on their face.
What is special about playing in the open air?
I think the open air really brings people together, it’s so relaxed and casual and easy to have a great time, even with people you don’t know! People feel more free to express themselves and to share what they’re thinking and feeling. My only caution is to not have too much to drink, as that can spoil it for everyone. So get loose but stay happy and in control!
Your set includes songs from across your career – do you have a personal favourite or a moment of the show that you particularly look forward to?
There is nothing in the show that I don’t love to sing. Every song has a story for me, which makes it special and gives it a reason for me to give it a convincing performance. The arrangements are great and the band are wonderful musicians who love to play — and they’re fantastic, which gives me both a bedrock and inspiration.
You’ve worked with so many legendary names. What makes you keep doing this – going out and performing live?
Well, it’s what I do. When you decide to try and make music a career early on, it takes total commitment, it’s not a part-time thing. So my life is music and the quest for the next level of understanding in performance never stops, just like any artist. There is nothing else I do that comes close, and I don’t want there to be!
What’s next for Tom Jones after the summer?
I have different kinds of engagements throughout the autumn, and the next season of The Voice, which I really enjoy.
Do you have a special message for your fans who are going to see you at Euston Hall?
It is my privilege to entertain and perform for anyone who wants to listen. When an audience reacts to what I’m doing onstage, it’s the most wonderful thing and it never gets old. A show is a two-way street, an exchange between the performer and the people there to experience it. If they love it, I am nothing less than thrilled. So come on — see you there!
• Sir Tom Jones performs at Euston Hall on Friday, July 6. For tickets go to: ticketmaster.co.uk/summerhousesounds