Friday night I went to see Tom Jones in concert. For those of you who have not heard of him, he is 69 years old and has been belting out hits like ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and ‘It’s not Unusual’ for around 50 years. He is not someone I have hankered to see, but he was here in Abu Dhabi and he is a legend so I thought it would be worth popping along.
It was incredible. His voice filled the whole auditorium. He has an energy and a strength men half his age lack. Totally magical. I’m not surprised women have been throwing their knickers at him since 1950.
After the concert Rupes and I went for dinner with some friends. We had a riot, lots of banter and nice wine. They then went on to the bar at the Emirates Palace Hotel. It was 1am by then and, being a sensible gal, I thought it would be better to head home.
I slept badly and woke up to an email from one of the dinner gang. They had sat with Tom and his band (who used to be the band for Girls Aloud) singing Delilah and more until the wee hours.
Tonight we are off to the opera, and if anyone asks me to join them after it for anything at all, I am blooming well going….
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2010