Tom Jones coming to Doha - interview

We scribble some questions to the legendary Welsh crooner

Tom Jones coming to Doha - interview

What is the secret to having such a long career in your industry?
Not taking anything for granted and loving what you do.

How has your music style changed over the years in your opinion?
I am always very much ‘me’ when I sing, but in recent years I’ve been given more scope to play around with different genres and sounds and start recording music that is challenging in a different way, as well as intimate and personal. I’m also very much involved with the creation of the record – I love the musicians I sing with and we all work on bringing a song to life together.

What can we expect from this new tour?
A rhythmic mix of old and new!

What are your expectations of your time in Qatar?
That we put on a great show and everyone enjoys themselves.

Have you been to the Middle East before?
Yes, lots of times. I love the sun so it’s perfect for me!

Do you have any rituals while on tour?
I have to get eight hours sleep so I work out my bedtime each night according to what time I have to get up in the morning.

What has been your most memorable gig – good, bad or otherwise?
I’ve had lots of memorable gigs, but a more recent one was when I played Lattitude Festival in the UK. It was the first time I performed ‘Praise & Blame’ in its entirety. It was the middle of the night and it was in the woods. The crowd were great and the setting was beautiful. I also played at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert last year, right in front of Buckingham Palace and 100,000 happy celebrating people... It was a great honour to be invited and it was a wonderful day.

How have you found your experience with The Voice UK? Will you be returning next season?
I’ve really enjoyed The Voice. It’s an honour to be able to help some very talented people as they move toward making singing their career.

You’ve been married over 55 years! What would you say is the most important thing in a marriage?
Being best friends and having a good sense of humour – a laugh goes a very long way.
Tom Jones will perform in Qatar on September 17 at InterContinental Doha beach, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444). Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets are QR250 regular or QR500 VIP. Available at www.tickets.virginmegastore.me, InterContinental Doha or in Crepaway, Salwa Rd (4465 5802).

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