by Dan Gibson
Fresh off receiving the Morrissey Seal of Approval by opening two shows this summer with the preening former Smiths frontman, Welsh tight-pants-wearing/singer Tom Jones is coming to the Rialto Theatre on May 7.
Over the course of his seemingly infinite career, Jones has taken on all of the genres of music, from Bacharach/David pop hits to a blissfully strange take on Prince's "Kiss" with Art of Noise and a late 90's Britpop-inspired collaboration album, Reload, which included a cover of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" with Robbie Williams, because that's what people did back then.
Recently, to keep up his generally unpredictable career path in effect, Jones has worked with Jack White (on "Evil," above) and put out a Ethan Johns' sort of Americana-ish album in 2012, Spirit in the Room, where he took on songs by Richard Thompson and the Low Anthem. And no joke, his version of Leonard Cohen's "Tower of Song" is pretty great, if only because the opening line of "I was born with the gift of a golden voice" is actually true.
I imagine concert attendees will get a little of everything from Jones on May 7. And, play your cards right, ladies, and maybe you could get inside the notoriously tight pants of the man who admitted bedding 250 groupies a year in his prime.