It’s not unusual for 76 year-old men to lose a step after more than 50 years…
Such was the case with ’60s heartthrob Tom Jones before a sold out crowd at the Uptown last week.
What was unusual was for the septuagenarian’s pipes to be in such amazing shape. Make no mistake, for an oldster, Jones did not disappoint.
Unless of course you have a really long memory and/or checked out Jones clips on YouTube from the days when he was – to put it plainly – a panties magnet.
These days – with the odd exception, including my date of course – most of the panties tossers in the crowd seemed better suited to Depends.
That said, Jones dress shirt was dripping wet halfway through his two hour show, despite the complete absence of the slinky, suggestive, signature body language and dance moves he was once famous for.
Powering Jones’ show was a stellar nine piece band that breathed fire into many (but not all) of his greatest hits along with a smattering of R&B, blues and gospel tunes that were pleasing if mostly unfamiliar.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was no small feat; to bring a packed house to its feet and sustain such a high energy level with so many unfamiliar songs.
Not that everything about Jones show made perfect sense.
For example with his arsenal of actual hits numbering under 10, how does one rationalize leaving out, “She’s a Lady” and “Daughter of Darkness” to name two?
“So how do you rate the concert so far,” asked an anxious audience member to my left. “Don’t be a dick.”
“Eight to 8.5,” I shot back.
Again, despite a nonstop parade of mostly obscure songs.
Then Jones threw the crowd a bone and did, “Kansas City.”
Complete with an odd rewording of the song’s signature line:
“You gotta crazy way of living here and I’m gonna get me some,” Jones sang.
Huh, crazy way of living?
What happened to: “They got some crazy little women there, and I’m gonna get me one.”
Maybe at Jones advanced age he’s finally packing it in romantically.
Wasn’t always the case. Continue reading