Tom Jones entertains, but doesn't thrill
Review: The voice of 77-year-old Tom Jones is as strong and clear as it was in his 30s, and sometimes, if you close your eyes, you can feel like you're in a blues concert in Louisiana; but, despite the big hits and the wink for the local crowd, the chills and butterflies in the stomach stayed home, along with the anticipation for the show.
Thousands of fans in the average age range of 50-70 arrived Wednesday at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv for a concert by Tom Jones, the most charming Welshman we know.
The ravages of age (Jones celebrated his 77th birthday this month) did not seem to have affected his vocal cords.
He brought with him a group of nine young (mostly) musicians, the performances of the songs were smooth and varied, and between his greatest hits he surprised with inspired renditions to songs like My Yiddishe Momme, and all this in a surprising sequence.
So we came out of the show with a smile and a feeling that it was definitely worth the ticket price money—but Tommy, you did not manage to really excite us enough. We did not shudder at the performance and did not leave the hall with butterflies in our stomachs.
Songs like Sex Bomb were anything but sexy, with a leisurely performance and without a trace of the explosive energy Jones had in his time, though we were compensated with more emotional ballads like Delilah, which did not fail to stir the crowd's emotions.