"Septuagenarian Welsh rocker Tom Jones says his U.S. tour for his new album `Spirit in the Room` is aimed at drawing in younger listeners.
Jones kicked off his tour Saturday at New York City`s Bowery Ball Room, the New York Post reported.
`The idea behind this U.S. tour is to try and see if there are younger fans over here who know about my work,` said Jones, 72. `I stopped playing Vegas shows for that reason because when you play there, it has to be the hits every night. That`s all they want, and you`re never breaking new ground.`"
Since the mid-1960s, Tom Jones has been a vital and energetic force in the genres of pop, blues and blue-eyed soul. The Welsh soul man has had several top ten hits in the UK and in the United States, and he`s sold over 100 million records.
Jones has dabbled in country and gospel, but it`s his powerhouse pop songs like It`s Not Unusual " and She`s a Lady " that have elevated him to a god in the pop pantheon.
We don`t want Tom Jones to break new ground, whether the pop legend plays in Las Vegas, London, or Timbuktu, it`s the hits that his fans yearn to hear.
If Jones wants to appeal to younger listeners, he should give them what they want: Delilah, What`s New Pussycat, and I`ll Never Fall in Love Again.
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