I had already seen Tom Jones a couple of years ahead of this – but that was at Hawke’s Bays Mission, a shit of a venue, or rather a shit of an audience – and the sour taste of Jimmy Barnes as opener was something of a taint. I didn’t hold a whole lot of hope for Tom Jones the second time around, but I was far more interested in hearing this – since it was indoors, in a fairly intimate space. And man was he ever great.
A top show – and – it was before he’d released Praise & Blame, but only just. So he was debuting some of the material from it. This big-voiced blues-belting really suits Jones. And he of course did all the pantomime-type stuff, the banter, those kitsch-but-kinda-cool hits and the big naff singalongs too. But he was great. Such strut, a good band, a setlist that you couldn’t really argue with – and this very good brand new material.
I remember leaving the gig as the encore was ringing out. I had to. To write up a review. It’s often the case. And my friend texted me with the final song – by the time she had sent the text I was home and had sent my review. I was quite pleased with that. About 12 minutes tops, from venue to home, to pressing send.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.