Since having the No.1 hit, "It's Not Unusual," in the UK singing to the themes to James Bond’s Thunderball and the TV show What’s New Pussycat? in 1965, winning the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1966, and a Las Vegas residency from 1967-2011 music legend Tom Jones has had numerous accolades from 36 top 40 hits in the UK 19 top 40 hits in the U.S., selling over 100 million records worldwide, to recording the theme song to the James Bond film Thunderball, being knighted in 2006 by Queen Elizabeth II, and being a coach on the voice UK starting in 2012.
Tom Jones performed at the Greek Theatre on Thursday night which was rescheduled from September. Jones and his incredible band played a show of hits and covers of those who influenced Jones and were contemporaries. Jones opened his show with John Lee Hooker’s “Burning Hell,” which had red lighting and flames on the screen to get the crowd ready for what would be an unforgettable night. For 23 songs, Jones voice and energy was unrivaled. The cover songs performed included Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song.” In between songs Jones shared stories including his friendship with Elvis Presley which started in 1965 up until Presley’s death in 1977. The classics performed included “Sex Bomb,” “Whats New Pussycat,” Delilah,” “It’s Not Unusual,” and “If I Only Knew.” After performing Billy Boy Arnold’s “I Wish You Would,” which Jones recorded on his 2015 album Long Lost Suitcase a 3 song encore ensued. Jones closed out this special evening with Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” Prince’s “Kiss,” which Jones recorded in 1994 with Art of Noise, and ended with Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Strange Things Happen Everyday.” Jones’s tour continues through August 11th including the UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Austria and more across Europe. Jones final U.S. stops for this tour will be tomorrow night at the Saratoga Winery and June 1st at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, WA.