Music legend Tom Jones is due to perform in Manila come April 2, bringing hit hits, “It’s Not Unusual,” “Help Yourself,” “Delilah” and “Kiss,” among many others, to the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Concert producers Live Nation and Ovation Productions have joined forces to mount Tom Jones Live in Manila,” which promises to showcase a the Welsh singer’s wide range of genres from pop to rock, to country, to rhythm and blues, through an array of songs popularized by Jones in the last four decades.
The one-night-only concert will spotlight the outstanding talent and skill of a music legend who, at 75, still exudes a timeless appeal and charm as he thrills audiences with his music in his strong and perfect-pitch voice that can effortlessly shift from baritone to tenor.
After making an auspicious recording debut in 1964 with the single, “It’s Not Unusual,” which later became a huge international hit, Jones took the music world by storm with other best-selling songs like “What’s New Pussycat,” “Help Yourself” and ” I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”— which made him one of the most popular recording artists of the time.
He rose to greater heights after winning a succession of gold and platinum singles: “Delilah,” “Help Yourself,” “Love Me Tonight” and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” in 1968 and “Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings” and the LPs “Tom Jones Live,” “Tom Jones In Las Vegas” and “This is Tom Jones” the following year. For most of the year, several of the LPs landed on the Top 10 charts in both Europe and United States.
Jones started his own television show on ABC in the summer of 1969, which featured an impressive roster of guests largely suggested by the artist himself, including Aretha Franklin, Burt Bacharach, Elvis and Priscilla Presley and Stevie Wonder, among many other big names.
In 1996, Jones performed for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show in London and played a role in the hit movie, Mars Attack, (directed by Tom Burton) with a wonderful ensemble cast that included Jack Nicholson, Annette Benning, Danny DeVito and Pierce Brosnan.
His 1999 recording, Reload, which featured a collection of duets and collaborations with other artists, was acclaimed as his most successful project since those of his early career, while “Sexbomb” was ranked as No. 3 in Top Singles year-end sales charts for the whole of Europe.
At the start of 2000, Jones, upon the invitation of then US President Bill Clinton, performed at the millennium celebrations in Washington, a stunning evening of historical reflection and wonderful entertainment that was set at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial.
In same year, Jones garnered several honors for his work, including BRIT Award for Best Male (UK), Amigo Award for Best International Male (Spain), NRJ Award nomination for Best International Act (France) and Echo Award nomination for Best International Male (Germany).
In London, he was presented with the prestigious “Silver Chef” Award for Lifetime Achievement by the UK music industry charity Nordoff Robbins, who works with autistic children using music therapy.
In 2005 Jones celebrated his 65th birthday and 40th year in show business with a 25,000-strong crowd at an emotional homecoming concert at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, Wales, where he was surprised with a birthday cake presented by fellow Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins.
Jones’ 2008 recording, 24 Hours — his first album in the US in 15 years, which he wrote himself — won critical and popular acceptance, for which he was presented with the Hitmaker Award by the American Songwriter Hall of Fame in New York.
The next few years were marked by more accomplishments in Jones’ portfolio, the latest of which was the release in 2015 of a new album, Long Lost Suitcase, which followed his previous albums, Spirit in the Room (2012) and Praise and Blame (2010), the latter considered as the singer’s finest work to-date.
The track titles of Long Lost Suitcase are meshed into the chapters of his autobiography, Over The Top And Back, which was released in the same year.