14 October 2015
Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
I have been a fan of the legend that is Sir Tom Jones for years, so I jumped at the opportunity to review his small, intimate tour of the UK when it came to The Lowry in Manchester. This tour coincides with the release of his new album, Long Lost Suitcase, and his first book, Over the Top and Back – The Autobiography. Both the new album and book are available to buy now!
When I arrived at The Lowry I quickly collected my ticket from the very helpful box office staff and then headed downstairs to the spacious, clean toilets before grabbing a drink from the vending machine and finding my seat. The staff members I came across were so approachable and helpful.
The show started promptly at 8pm. There was huge suspense in the audience and when Tom came out on stage several members of the audience stood up in clear admiration of this amazing guy.
The first half of the show was a questions and answers format where the fantastic host Matt Everitt asked him lots of questions about his childhood and career to date. Sir Tom Jones talked about being born in his grandparent’s front room and how growing up in South Wales kept his feet on the ground. He is such a warm, lovely and charming man and I did laugh so much at what he had to say, in particular when he chatted about meeting his wife Linda at school. I thoroughly enjoyed his accounts of him meeting Frank Sinatra, Elvis and other great celebs.
The age range in the audience was varied from young to old and he kept us all entertained, the other audience members knowing him for his music career while the younger audience members knowing him more so for his appearances as a judge on BBC’s The Voice. Sir Tom was great at interacting with his audience no matter what their age.
After a short interval where I popped to the toilet, I settled back down into my seat in eager anticipation of the live music second half.
Wow! that gorgeous 75 year old man can move. He sang a good number of songs with backing singers & musicians. They were super talented and clearly loved what they were doing. My favourite toe tapping song was ‘It’s Not Unusual’. So many people were up dancing by the encore.
I was so impressed by the special effects in the background, both while Tom was talking during the first half and during the live music part of the performance. You almost felt like you were with him during his childhood to see all the pictures, the house he grew up in and where he went to school. The range of colours and effects used while he was singing was simply out of this world.
I had such a wonderful evening. I just love that amazing man and cannot wait to get his book and accompanying album.
I would have to rate the night as 5 out 5 and would give more if I could.
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