First, is a nice set of photos you’ll find on the TJI.com flickr set, The Many Faces of Tom Onstage. Please remember they are all copyrighted.
Next, is video of Tom singing Help Yourself. It’s particularly nice because we seldom see video of that song. You’ll find in at the TJI.com Video Library.
Finally, be sure to read the article below – an interesting, informative piece from tomorrow’s Boston Globe. The writer, happily being creative, actually talked to one of the partners in Future Cut.
From the Boston Globe/March 1, 2009/by Christopher Muther
Everything Jones is new again
After Winehouse, his classic sound is sounding good
Tom Jones is well aware that you probably know him best as the snug-trouser-wearing, hip-swiveling heartthrob with a habit of exposing chest hair and belting out bigger-than-life chestnuts such as It’s Not Unusual and Help Yourself. But Jones also wants you to know that while he’s proud of his lengthy catalog of hits – although not always proud of his fashion choices – he’s far more modern than the curly-haired gent who sang the theme to Thunderball nearly 45 years ago.
“To be looked upon as a golden oldie isn’t for me,” Jones says. “If that’s all I could do, that would be fine. But I love to listen to new music and hear new things. That’s what I want to be a part of.”
In fact, the 68-year-old Jones, who performs tonight at the House of Blues, has experienced a career renaissance in Europe over the past decade. His 1999 album, Reload, a collection of duets with contemporary artists, was the biggest hit of his career. It was never released in the United States, a source of frustration for Jones and another reason why his musical reputation in this country is tied more closely to What’s New Pussycat?and his libidinous thrusts rather than his more recent dance hits like Black Betty and Sex Bomb.
In his native United Kingdom, Jones’s bigger-than-life belting is seen as current, cutting edge, and – brace yourselves – hip. He keeps company with performers younger than his children and works with sought-after musicians and producers. Despite a career that stretches back 50 years, his booming voice is as powerful as ever. It’s just a bit more aged and leathery than when he was hosting his TV variety show This is Tom Jones and duetting with the Who and Janis Joplin.