Sir Tom Jones, the legendary 83-year-old singer, is back in the spotlight with a new tour, and he has no intentions of slowing down or becoming a hologram version of himself like Abba. In a recent interview, he expressed his hope that he is “nowhere near” being turned into a hologram for gigs, as he still enjoys performing live for his fans.
The idea of hologram tours, where deceased or aging artists are brought back to the stage through advanced technology, has been gaining popularity in the music industry. ABBA, the iconic Swedish pop group, introduced “Abbatars,” hologram versions of themselves, to perform their greatest hits on stage. However, Sir Tom Jones seems to have reservations about such a concept for himself.
When asked if he would consider a hologram show or having his voice used in AI (artificial intelligence) if he were to lose his voice or retire from showbiz, Sir Tom said, “I don’t know – hopefully that’s nowhere near! I’m still able to get up there and do it live.” His passion for live performances remains strong, and he believes that as long as he can physically sing and entertain, there’s no need for a holographic version of himself.
The Welsh-born singer, known for hits like “Delilah” and “It’s Not Unusual,” has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning six decades. He is one of the few artists who have achieved enduring success and popularity throughout the years. Despite his age, Sir Tom Jones continues to captivate audiences with his powerful voice and charismatic stage presence.
Reflecting on his illustrious career, Sir Tom shared some of his most cherished memories. He fondly recalls performing in working men’s clubs in Wales during the early 1960s before making his way to London. Those experiences were significant in shaping his musical journey and passion for entertaining.
One standout moment in his career was meeting Elvis Presley, the undisputed “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” As a teenager in the 1950s, Sir Tom was deeply influenced by the rock ‘n’ roll revolution, and Elvis was his idol. Meeting the rock icon and even singing alongside other legends like Little Richard, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry left him awestruck.
Having the opportunity to share the stage with those he admired from his youth was a dream come true for Sir Tom. He describes the experience as “mind-boggling” and filled with excitement. He cherishes those memories, and when he looks back at pictures from those moments, he can’t help but feel amazed that he had the privilege of standing alongside his idols.
Throughout his career, Sir Tom Jones has been a trailblazer and an inspiration to many. His passion for music and dedication to his craft have earned him a special place in the hearts of his fans worldwide. Despite the passing years, he continues to perform with energy and enthusiasm, proving that age is just a number for him.
As fans eagerly await his performances on the new tour, they can be reassured that Sir Tom Jones is not planning to fade away into the realm of holograms anytime soon. He remains committed to delivering live shows that resonate with the audience and showcase his timeless talent. With his extraordinary voice and timeless charm, Sir Tom Jones is a true music legend who continues to shine brightly in the entertainment world.