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Welsh superstar launches autobiography in Brum
Music legend Sir Tom Jones will launch his autobiography with a debut appearance at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on October 9, 2015.
Sir Tom will talk about his life and career in an 'In Conversation With...' – style presentation, complemented by a performance of songs significant to the Welsh superstar.
Legend: Sir Tom Jones
The show will be the first in a short UK tour to mark the publication of Over the Top and Back – The Autobiography. Sir Tom will be accompanied by music aficionado and BBC 6 Music presenter Matt Everitt to revisit his past and explore the twists of fate that took a boy from Pontypridd to global fame.
The discussion will see Sir Tom reveal the inspiration behind his hits, as well as the ups and downs of his remarkable life and long-standing career. From his early heydays in the 1960s to his later period of artistic renaissance, fans will have the opportunity to hear first hand the singer lay bare the stories behind his success.
The specially curated performance will include a number of never-before-heard tracks from Long Lost Suitcase,the accompanying soundtrack to the book. This is the last in the trilogy of albums following 2010's Praise & Blame and 2012's Spirit In The Room, and concludes Sir Tom's exploration of his musical roots.
Memories: Sir Tom with Janis Joplin on his 1969 ABC Television show (pic: Wikipedia/ Licensed under Public Domain via Commons)
In a career that has spanned over six decades, Sir Tom has truly earned his national treasure status. He has recorded an expansive body of work and has performed with major artists from across the globe, from Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Sinatra, to Robbie Williams, Van Morrison and Ed Sheeran, and across every genre, from rock and pop to country, blues and soul. He recently reached a huge Saturday evening TV audience as a judge on BBC TV's The Voice.
Venue: Symphony Hall (pic: Mike Gutteridge/ THSH)
Chris Baldock, Head of Commercial Programming at Symphony Hall says: "We're very excited to be able to welcome Sir Tom Jones for his very first performance at Symphony Hall. Not only will fans be able to hear him talk about his road to worldwide fame and the stories behind some of his biggest hits in person, but they will also be able to experience an intimate performance of songs which are emotionally significant to him. We have no doubts this will be an incredibly special event."
In Conversation With Sir Tom Jones dates:
Oct 9: Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Oct 11: Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival; Oct 12: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff; Oct 14: The Lowry, Salford Quays.