Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Guess what's new, pussycats? Tom Jones, the crooner legend himself, is coming back to Australia! Learn the details and see how to grab your tickets here.
Legendary singer Sir Tom Jones has officially announced his much-awaited return to the land down under. The 83-year-old music icon, known for timeless hits like 'What’s New Pussycat' and 'Delilah,' will be gracing Australian stages once again as part of his Ages & Stages tour in 2024. This will be the Welsh rock star’s first electrifying performance after an eight-year hiatus!
The Ages & Stages tour, featuring Jones and his talented band, promises to be a memorable musical journey, showcasing his iconic songs that have resonated with audiences worldwide for over six decades. With over 100 million albums sold and 36 singles reaching the UK top 40 charts, Jones's influence on the music industry is immeasurable.
On March 21, 2024, Jones will kick off the tour at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, WA. The excitement will continue reverberating through major cities and scenic coastal towns, including a headline performance at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest on March 30. Bluesfest director Peter Noble revealed that Jones personally requested to return to the iconic event!
The tour will feature performances at various venues, including the Centennial Vineyards in Bowral, NSW, on March 23, where Delta Goodrem will join Jones on stage, and the picturesque Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, VIC, on March 28. Australian fans can also catch the legendary artist at The Drive in Adelaide, SA, on March 26, Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, NSW, on April 2, and the grand Aware Super Theatre in Sydney, NSW, on April 4.
At the age of 80, Jones released his 41st studio album, 'Surrounded by Time,' on 23 April 2021, marking a remarkable milestone in his illustrious career. This album, produced by the acclaimed Ethan Johns, not only showcased Jones' enduring vocal prowess but also revealed a deeply emotional and resilient side of the iconic artist.
Jones's collaboration with producer Ethan Johns began in 2009, and together, they embarked on a musical journey that led to the creation of several successful albums. 'Surrounded by Time' is the fourth covers album they worked on, featuring Jones' distinctive interpretations of well-known songs.
Tragically, during his tour supporting the previous album, 'Long Lost Suitcase,' Jones faced a devastating blow – the diagnosis of his beloved wife, Linda Rose Woodward, with cancer. This heartbreaking news led Jones to put his tour on hold, with the future of his musical career hanging in the balance.
After Woodward's passing in April 2016, Jones found himself at a crossroads, grappling with grief and uncertainty. It was his late wife's enduring support and encouragement that ultimately guided him back to the stage and the recording studio. Despite the emotional turmoil, Jones channelled his pain and resilience into his music, honouring Woodward's wish for him to continue creating.
Upon its release, 'Surrounded by Time' made history by debuting at number one in the United Kingdom, making Jones the oldest male artist to achieve a number-one UK album. The album also found its place within the top 25 in five other countries, further solidifying Jones' status as a global music icon.
Few names shine as brightly as that of Sir Tom Jones. Since the swinging 60s, he has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide with his unparalleled talent and versatile voice, establishing himself as a true musical genius. With a career over six decades long, Jones has effortlessly navigated through various genres, including pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul, and gospel, leaving an indelible mark in each one.
Jones's musical journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. His albums and songs have achieved unprecedented success, selling millions of copies and earning him a dedicated fanbase that spans generations. Despite the lure of Hollywood, he remained true to his craft, turning down film opportunities that didn't align with his artistic vision.
What makes Jones's story even more remarkable is his ability to defy the constraints of time. He continues to captivate audiences with the same vitality and passion that defined his youth. His performances are not mere displays of skill; they are electrifying showcases of a seasoned artist who has mastered the art of stagecraft. Despite achieving numerous accolades, including knighthood bestowed upon him by the Queen, Jones remains grounded and driven by an unyielding enthusiasm for his craft.
Tom Jones's dedication to his artistry knows no bounds. He effortlessly weaves nostalgia with contemporary charm, creating an immersive musical experience for his audience.
Sir Tom Jones’s Ages & Stages tour promises not only a celebration of his remarkable career but also a tribute to his enduring legacy in the world of music. Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime experience are available here.
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