"I was born like this, I had no choice I was born with the gift of a golden voice And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond They tied me to this table right here in the Tower of Song"
SIR TOM JONES HAS ANNOUNCED A RUN OF INTIMATE UK EVENTS TO INTRODUCE HIS FIRST EVER AUTOBIOGRAPHY ‘TOM JONES – OVER THE TOP AND BACK – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY’ – HARDBACK RELEASE 8TH OCTOBER (PENGUIN)
DATES: FRIDAY 9TH – WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER
In a career that has spanned six decades, Sir Tom Jones recorded an expansive body of work and performed with almost every major artist, from Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Sinatra, to Robbie Williams, Van Morrison and Ed Sheeran, and across every imaginable genre, from rock and pop to country, blues and soul. On the 8th of October Sir Tom will release his first ever full autobiography via Penguin Books entitled ‘Over the Top and Back’. In support of this highly anticipated release Sir Tom will undertake a very special four date run of the UK starting the 9th of October that will see him in conversation with music aficionado and BBC 6Music presenter Matt Everitt followed by an exclusive performance. Tickets are on-sale from 9am on Friday 11th September and are available from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/tom-jones-tickets.
Inspired by the release of his first ever biography ‘Over the Top and Back – The Autobiography’ lucky fans will be witness to Sir Tom and Matt Everitt revisiting his past, exploring the twists of fate that took a boy from wartime Pontypridd to global renown. He reveals the stories behind the hits as well as the ups and downs of his remarkable life and career, while charting the nature of success – from his early heydays to the subsequent fallow years the 1980s to his later period of his artistic renaissance.
Accompanying this discussion will be a very special performance of songs of significance to Sir Tom, including a number of tracks from the accompanying sound track album to the book, entitled Long Lost Suitcase. The opportunity to see Sir Tom delve further into what made him not only a music icon but a national treasure is not to be missed.
IN CONVERSATION WITH SIR TOM JONES DATES:
Fri 09 Oct-15 BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
Sun 11 Oct-15 SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S LONDON LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Mon 12 Oct-15 WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
Wed 14 Oct-15 THE LOWRY, SALFORD QUAYS
Sir Tom Jones tickets are on-sale from 9am on Friday 11th September priced at £50.00, £40.00 & £35.00 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/tom-jones-tickets
About The Voice UK: In good faith, as part of the team, I’d put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I’ve done so for the last 4 years. I’ve supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning. Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change. But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships. This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing. I will always admire the courage of the performers who participate in the show, as well as all the production staff who worked tirelessly to make a great family viewing experience for the audience at home. I wish the show well.
Tom Jones would like to sincerely apologise to all his fans for the abrupt ending to his concert at Alnwick Castle on Saturday evening. A loss of generator power supply at the beginning of the night meant a delayed start to the concert and unfortunately, after continuous problems during Tom’s performance, a further loss of power meant the concert ended abruptly.
Tom really enjoyed performing to the North East crowd and was extremely disappointed that the concert ended in this manner.
Tom looks forward to returning to the North East for a concert in the future.
We are very sorry to announce that Tom Jones has had to cancel his performance at Thurn und Taxis Schlossfestspiele Regensburg, scheduled to take place on Thursday 23rd July. This is due to an ongoing upper respiratory infection. Tom would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to all his fans for the inconvenience and disappointment caused.
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We are very sorry to announce that following doctor’s advice, Tom Jones has had to cancel his performance at Les Soirées de la Citadelle, Saint Tropez tomorrow night (Tuesday 21st July) due to an upper respiratory infection.
Tom would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to all his fans for the inconvenience and disappointment caused.
Tom is expected to make a full recovery and we anticipate that the remaining tour dates will go ahead as planned.
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You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' never really goes away: The Righteous Brothers' Phil Spector-produced 1964 original remains a classic of longing and passion, a standard against which all subsequent pop duets must be measured. Tom Jones and Jessie J revived the song Sunday on the Grammys, and their studio version boasts lavish production inspired by, but not enslaved to, the original, with a sumptuous string arrangement acting as the record's third star. At 74, Jones brings a dramatic and direct earnestness to his performance that Jessie J matches at every step.
Article by Brian Mansfield, USA Today, 9 February 2015 Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA Today
On February 6th, Bob Dylan will be honored as the 2015 MUSICARES Person of The Year. Hosted in Los Angeles, this special 25th Anniversary celebration will see performers paying tribute to Bob Dylan, who personally curated the billing. Performers will include: The Black Keys, Beck, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young, Tom Jones and Los Lobos.
On February 8th, The 57th GRAMMY AWARDS show will take place at the Los Angeles Staples Centre, broadcasted live on CBS Television Network from 8-11:30PM (ET/PT).
With an exciting line up of acts taking to the stage throughout the night, it is set to be Music’s Biggest Night. Performers include duets by current noninees Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, nominees Hozier and Annie Lennox; nominee Jessie J and Grammy Winner Tom Jones; and Grammy winners Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani. There will also be first time Grammy performances from AC/DC, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith, along with seven-time Grammy winning pop icon Madonna and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.
In the UK, Fans will be able to view the GRAMMYS on February 8th at 23.35pm (GMT) on Channel 4, or February 9th at 21.00pm (GMT) on Channel 4’s 4Music. Watch this space for an announcement about an upcoming TV broadcast of MUSICARES.
The Wexford Carols, a collection of 17th and 18th century Irish Christmas songs, mostly lost to history until recently, have, the first time, been recorded together by celebrated Irish singer Caitríona O’Leary along with a cast of American and UK Grammy winners including Sir Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens and producer Joe Henry.
The AFL has unveiled its grand final day entertainment, and as has long been speculated, it will be headlined by Welsh rock and pop legend Sir Tom Jones.Jones, 74, will be complemented by 23-year-old English pop star Ed Sheeran, in an MCG lineup that has a distinctly British feel.
Bringing the curtain down on ten days of British Summer Time shows in Hyde Park, Tom Jones stepped on to the Great Oak Stage and set it alight. Already bathed in evening sunlight, the backdrop was transformed into a flaming inferno as he began with a rocked-up version of John Lee Hooker’s Burning Hell. “When I die, where will I go?” Jones sang, his big, throaty voice accompanied to begin with by only two guitarists and a drummer. It sounded more White Stripes than What’s New Pussycat?. He returned to this gospel-blues theme later in the set with a propulsive version of Howlin’ Wolf’s Evil, a song that Jones recorded in 2012 with Jack White.
Tom Jones as Captain Cat, Michael Sheen as First Voice, Katherine Jenkins as Polly Garter, Bryn Terfel as Reverend Eli Jenkins and Jonathan Pryce and Sian Phillips as Mr and Mrs Pugh – could there be a more exciting wish-list for Under Milk Wood?
Add Matthew Rhys, Charlotte Church, Aneurin Barnard, Eve Myles and Robert Pugh – as well as a host of others – into the mix, along with a dollop of modern-day technology, and you get a new star-studded, cutting-edge version of Dylan Thomas’ ‘play for voices’.
But this is no fantasy. These stars of the acting and music worlds have teamed up for an hour-long TV adaptation about the colourful characters from the fictional fishing town of Llareggub.
And executive producer Bethan Jones says they were only too keen to get on board and become part of BBC Cymru Wales’ centenary celebrations for the Swansea-born poet.
“We just thought, ‘ Who are the people we’d love to work with on this?’ and just went for it,” she says. “We were asking them as part of the Dylan Thomas centenary and they felt they wanted to be involved. Those who were not available were really disappointed.”
While some asked if they could perform certain roles – Sheen wanted to deliver the famous opening lines, for example – others were more than happy with the parts they were offered.
“We asked Tom Jones to do Captain Cat and we were really thrilled when he said yes, it was the icing on the cake. He’s fabulous and there’s a real humour. We also asked Bryn Terfel to do Eli Jenkins. The reverend delivers the beautiful Sunset Poem which I know Bryn has sung in the past so it was a no brainer to ask him to do it.”
Under Milk Wood was filmed in a wealth of locations, including Laugharne, New York, Los Angeles, London, and Cardiff, and the focus is on the words, with the cast delivering their lines up close to the cameras and directly to the audience. There are no sets, props or costumes.
“It’s almost like a no frills version which is really concentrating on the text,” says Ms Jones. “There’s a real sense of love and enjoyment in the words. There are some beautiful performances. The cameras are very close up to the actors so they are delivering the words straight to you. You’re hearing sections of text you almost didn’t know existed.”
Directed by Pip Broughton and also starring Ioan Gruffudd, Alexandra Roach and Iwan Rheon, the film is also a celebration of 21st century technology with some of the cast delivering their lines via Skype and others using their mobiles to film performances. It features Dylan’s favourite watering holes from both sides of the Atlantic, with Matthew Rhys delivering his words (as one of the narrators) at the White Horse Tavern in New York and Aimee-Ffion Edwards (another narrator) based at Brown’s in Laugharne.
As each of the iconic characters joins in, the piece builds up into a collage of famous voices and faces.
Under Milk Wood is the first collaboration between BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales and woven into the dialogue will be evocative imagery created in Laugharne as part of NTW’s live performance, Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited, which will take place during the May Bank Holiday weekend. And audiences watching the live performances will get a preview of the film – which will be broadcast on May 5, just hours after the final NTW show – when snippets are screened.
While there have been countless performances of Under Milk Wood, Ms Jones hopes the new film will introduce it to a new generation thanks to the cast list and use of new technology – and entice those who may not think it’s for them.
“We’ve got a real cross section of performers– big stars like Tom Jones, Michael Sheen, Matthew Rhys, Jonathan Pryce and Sian Phillips, and those who are young and at the start of their careers like Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Aneurin Barnard and Craig Roberts.” So would Dylan approve?
“I hope so – we’re using technology and a sense of the love of the words so I think it would appeal to him.”
By Karen Price for Wales Online
The Voice UK Season 3 premiered on Saturday night on BBC One.
It was a great show and start of the series, introducing the two new Coaches, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson. As well as the two new presenters, Emma Willlis and Marvin Humes.
Unfortunately the show is not shown out of the UK, but the BBC have uploaded all of the performances and clips to their youtube channel.
Our favourite moment from the show was when Sally Barker gave her moving rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". You can watch the clip here.
As part of NPR's Best of 2013 series, the World Cafe will be re-broadcasting the episode featuring Tom Jones on Thursday, December 26, 2013.NPR’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide.
"Delilah” is featured on the American Hustle Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Available now on iTunes http://bit.ly/1gWpHsP. Film in theaters Dec 20th.
American Hustle is a fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most extraordinary scandals of the 1970s, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre to tell a story of love, reinvention, and survival. The film is directed by David O. Russell, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon.
American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1. Jeep’s Blues | Duke Ellington 2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | Elton John 3. White Rabbit | Mayssa Karaa 4. 10538 Overture | Electric Light Orchestra 5. Live And Let Die | Wings 6. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart | Bee Gees 7. I Feel Love | Donna Summer 8. Don’t Leave Me This Way | Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 9. Delilah | Tom Jones 10. I’ve Got Your Number | Jack Jones 11. Long Black Road | Electric Light Orchestra 12. A Horse With No Name | America 13. Stream Of Stars | Jeff Lynne 14. Live To Live | Chris Stills 15. Irving Montage | Danny Elfman