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Tom Jones in concert

`Tom Jones` is singer from Wales .He is photographed and captured here at a concert at Pula arena in Croatia.For more information and to follow him on social media use any of the following external links.Please note….There are only 3 pictures due to rights restrictions enforced by the performer.

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Photography & review of Tom Jones ~ David Gasson

Sir Tom keeps his cool as Pula feels the heat

On one of the hottest days of the year in Pula, with temperatures rising up to 38 degrees Sir Tom Jones, OBE, kept his cool and delighted his audience. The Welsh legendary singer made a welcome return to Pula as part of his European tour, having last played here in 2012.The dynamic 1960s and 70s heartthrob offered a showcase of over 5 decades of music and top ten hits to the sell out Pula crowd of 8,000 with hundreds more people outside lining the periphery of the arena

It is clear that the popularity of Tom Jones is undiminished and with his bluesy full throated, robust baritone voice, it’s easy to see and hear why the Welsh singer from Pontypridd is so popular with what was a very diverse and mixed crowd.

During the concert

Through out the concert, he delighted the audience with many hits from his vast repertoire. Once described by the New York Times as a musical “shape shifter”, Sir Tom Jones emphasised this by playing the full spectrum of his musical talents .In the last 6 years he has produced three of his finest albums ,“Praise and Blame,” “Spirit in the Room” and “Long Lost Suitcase”. On these albums he strays away slightly from the pop music and instead offers us a more Bluesy, R&B, gospel and folk style but his husky voice is ever present and when he sang tracks from those albums the crowd loved it. The multi award winning performer, with over 100 million records sold and with 36 top Uk hits did not let the crowd down and he sang many of his classics.

“Delilah”

The crowd joined in passionately when he sang “Delilah”, which was played with an excellent heavy guitar intro with the distinctive harmonica playing in the background.Then straight into the very bluesy track “St. James Infirmary Blues” backed by sax and trombone. As the trumpet solo by Henry Collins concludes the song, Tom takes a step back and has a welcome and much needed drink before introducing some of the band including “Clever Trevor on slide trombone”.“Soul of a Man”, taken from the Spirit in the Room album sees the stage illuminated in yellow.

Blind Willie Johnson

The gospel / blues cover of the Blind Willie Johnson track from 1930 is played with passion with the walls of the Roman Amphitheatre reverberating to Tom’s voice backed by the meaty guitar and heavy drum beat. With his arms stretched wide Tom Jones takes his bow with a “yeah, Thank you”

Leonard Cohen

The Tower of Song originally by Leonard Cohen took on a new and poignant meaning.“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”

“Green Green Grass Of Home”

With the stage lit in a very simple plain blue light Tom`s version of the sombre track with the line “this table replaced with “this stage” showed that he really has been gifted a golden voice and it received a huge round of applause. He thanked the crowd and then went straight into a few of his lively and bouncy classics including“Green Green Grass Of Home” which was sung with the stage, fittingly, awash in green.After a quick “oh yeah ,oh yeah” at the end, it was straight in to “It´s Not Unusual” followed by the cover version of Randy Newman`s classic Leave your Hat on in which Tom teases the crowd and eventually takes his jacket off . The song ends with the stage fully lit with strobe lights bouncing on the crowd

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Dancing

Sir Tom Jones then invites the crowd down from their seats and to the front of the stage to dance“right now the powers that be is me so hey, c`mon down ,whole lotta shaking goin’ on, c`mon”With the front of the stage area quickly filled and bathed in red light he continues with “We would like to dedicate this song to the late great Prince” and soon nearly every one ,including those at the back and sides of the arena are dancing or swaying to the song “Kiss”“Things Happen Everyday” is introduced as a pop, rock, R&B, show tune, country, dance ,soul and gospel song “with a little boogie woogie on the side”

Billy Boy Arnold

The Chicago blues classic “I Wish You Would”, first recorded by Billy Boy Arnold, had some tremendous harmonica and guitar playing in this bluesy rock version and Scott McKeon is introduced as the guitar man. Sir Tom Jones holds the last notes of the song perfectly for a good 10 seconds and then takes a bow, waves and exits the stage.

Goodnight

With the audience, clapping, whistling and cheering the band are introduced and after a special dedication to his drummer / friend and musical director Gary Wallis, who has appeared previously with with Pink Floyd, 10cc and John Michel Jarre among others, he turns to the crowd and says

“Now then, ladies and gentlemen, and this is the truth, you have been a fantastic audience tonight and we all have had a ball up here and hope you have too, so until we see you all again, goodnight and God bless you all”

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In addition to the Chasing The Light Art web site a version of this article first appeared on 03.08.17   for Total Croatia News

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