INTERVIEW: Tom Jones at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester: Sunday, June 25, 2017

PUBLISHED: 09:29 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 20 June 2017

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Hayley Bray Photography Ltd

We catch up with Sir Tom Jones ahead of his Gloucester concert this month to learn about his love of horses, the joys of being on The Voice, and what to expect at Kingsholm

Tom Jones Tom Jones

Your popularity never seems to wane, and your fanbase continues to attract new, younger generations. Why do you think that is?

It’s unavoidable and true that all performers and artists go through ups and downs. The only thing you can do is have confidence in yourself and your abilities and hope that the work you do is well received. It’s impossible to predict that moment in time when somebody who sees you will be the person who will offer the next opportunity. And who knows where that opportunity will lead?

What can people expect from a Tom Jones concert that won’t have seen you before?

If someone hasn’t seen me live before, then they will get more than they ever imagined. This is the same for all live performances (if they’re good) — and it’s the reason why people spend their hard-earned money and precious time to go out and experience a live show — they will get to know the performer much better and they’ll be taken to a wonderful place.

If there was one show that you’ve done throughout your career that you could relive, can you tell us which one and why?

You can never relive the past in the same way, so although I appreciate and enjoy the memories, I always look to the future.

With such a catalogue and recent critically acclaimed albums, how do you keep your set lists interesting for you but also ensure your audience goes home happy?

By mixing it all up and keeping things fresh. Actually, most people are delighted by surprises. They feel invigorated when they’ve experienced something unexpected. There are a few things I keep the same as well, simply because they are so good as they are.

It’s fair to say you’ve recorded a lot of different musical styles throughout your career, have there been any genres that you haven’t done and would like to explore or genres that you just don’t want to touch?

Although I’ve been pretty flexible over the years, of course there are genres that I just wouldn’t touch because it wouldn’t sound genuine coming from me. However, there are always elements of things that are worth having a crack at, as you never know if a contribution from me would work as a unique flavour for a producer or artist.

We’ve heard that you used to own some horses in the ’60s. How hands-on were you and did you get enjoyment out of it? Would you consider ownership again, even as part of a syndicate?

I love horses but never had the time to be very hands-on; I left that to the experts. I never thought about an investment, but perhaps I will!

It’s great that you’re back with The Voice, was it an easy decision to make when ITV got in touch?

Once I got the measure of things from the producers, it was an easy decision. I had such a great time with my fellow coaches this year, and the whole ITV production team were excellent to work with.

Does the fact it’s on ITV rather than the BBC make any difference to how the show is working and the chances open to the acts coming through the series?

Well, that depends on so many things. The fact that ITV is a commercial venture does help the record company integrate into the process, but ultimately there are so many factors at work that contribute to the success of an artist. Being on The Voice is just one opportunity, and it’s a helluva test of talent and personality. If the contestant can get through to any point in the show, then take away what they’ve learned, they’ll be better off for it.

Tickets on sale here.

Tickets are priced at £44 standing / From £56 seating / £80 category A, including lounge access. All T&Cs are available on gloucesterrugby.co.uk There will be hospitality packages available in the South Stand, more information is available from 01452 872289 or online.

For general enquiries call 0871 8718781 (*calls to this number cost 13p plus a connection charge from a BT landline. Charges from other networks may vary).

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Warwickshire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Warwickshire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Warwickshire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

RHS Hampton Court Palace results

Words and pictures by Mandy Bradshaw

Read more
Monday, May 22, 2017

Guests can expect afternoon tea, Prosecco and live classical music in the beautiful grounds of Mallory Court, Leamington Spa on Monday May 29. The event will celebrate the 90 years National Gardens Scheme charities have dedicated to UK palliative care

Read more
Friday, May 19, 2017

Giffords Circus – Any Port in a Storm, 2017 tour, at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Read more
Thursday, May 18, 2017

They say Cirencester is the capital of the Cotswolds but the quintessential villages that adorn the northern half of the region are equally as beautiful. In no particular order, we pick 10 of the prettiest north Cotswold villages you need to explore

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2017

The word ‘wassail’ comes from the Anglo¬Saxon greeting Wæs þu hæl (‘be in good health’), to which the correct response is of course Drinc hæl. As drinking toasts go, preferable to ‘cheers’, I think.

Read more
Friday, September 30, 2016

Want a quick break from the Cotswolds, without spending half a day on the motorway or wedged into a seat on a cattle-class flight? A quick jaunt down the M5 and you too could be jumping the waves on a Devon beach

Read more
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Candia McKormack experiences the extreme highs and lows of an astonishing comedy with a dark – but warm – heart at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre

Read more
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gloucestershire’s Charlotte Dujardin retains her Olympic title, whilst posting a new Olympic record with her dancing partner Valegro at Rio 2016

Read more
Warwickshire's trusted business finder
subscription ad
subscription ad