Tom Jones Praise and Blame at Hard Rock
Tom Jones comes to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale now.
Tom’s 46-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for more than four decades, he has garnered—at the age of 70—the best reviews of his career for his recent album, Praise & Blame (Island/Lost Highway/Universal). Critics across the world are nearly unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.
The Praise & Blame mantra was ‘get back to basics’, and the album was recorded as wholly live performances at Peter Gabriel’s studio in Bath, England, produced by Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Laura Marling, Paolo Nutini). The result witnesses a singer at the top of his game, with the songs themselves coaxing exhilarating performances out of Tom and his band. Played live to astounding success at festivals and venues in the UK and Europe, Tom now brings Praise & Blame to concertgoers everywhere as part of his live show experience in 2011.
Tom has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew, he is first and foremost a rocker with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album Reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. Tom was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red White & Blues series, and in 2004 released an album of roots rock n roll with Jools Holland, the foremost boogie pianist in the UK. Prior to 2010‘s Praise & Blame, his 2008 studio album, 24 Hours, was a critical career highlight with many of the self-penned tracks being an insightful and evocative reflection of his spirited and rich life. In the words of the Washington Post, 24 Hours “finds Jones vocalizing with an almost reckless exuberance”—this vibrant collection exemplifies Tom’s substance and grit, tempered with an air of reflection.
Tom was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, an honour he fervently cherishes. Other highlights of his 44-year career include receiving a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2009 the “Hitmaker” award from the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2010 the prestigious (UK)Music Industry Trust Award. He has been animated as himself in The Simpsons, Duck Dodgers, The Emperors New Groove; other film roles include Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! and Angelica Houston’s Agnes Brown.
Sir Tom is indeed a living legend. He is welcomed in venues worldwide, from urban clubs to performing arts centers to arenas. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. Godfather of modern soul, Sir Tom has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice. Andy Gill of The Independent says, “It’s like The White Stripes or The Black Keys with a more commanding singer…with his charisma and assurance, Tom Jones could lead a congregation of sinners easily to God – if he wasn’t such a naughty boy.”
Tickets cost $94, $71.50 and $49*; all seats are available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday & Monday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
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