Expect the unexpected! That's the message from Sir Tom Jones ahead of his concert in Alnwick this summer.
The legendary singer, who has sold more than 100 million records and clocked up 36 top 40 hits in a career which spans six decades, takes to the stage in the shadow of Alnwick Castle on Friday, July 13, as part of the Summer House Sounds tour.
Here, he talks about the concerts and what fans can look forward to.
What can fans expect from your summer shows?
Fans will experience both the expected and the unexpected! This is what gives a show excitement and energy, and the audience will feel it - they won’t know exactly why they are having such a great time, but they’ll leave feeling great and with a big smile on their face.
What is special about playing in the open air?
I think the open air really brings people together, it’s so relaxed and casual and easy to have a great time, even with people you don’t know! People feel more free to express themselves and to share what they’re thinking and feeling. My only caution is to not have too much to drink, as that can spoil it for everyone. So get loose but stay happy and in control!
Your set includes songs from across your career – do you have a personal favourite or a moment of the show that you particularly look forward to?
There is nothing in the show that I don’t love to sing. Every song has a story for me, which makes it special and gives it a reason for me to give it a convincing performance. The arrangements are great and the band are wonderful musicians who love to play - and they’re fantastic, which gives me both a bedrock and inspiration.
You’ve worked with so many legendary names. What makes you keep doing this – going out and performing live?
Well, it’s what I do. When you decide to try and make music a career early on, it takes total commitment, it’s not a part-time thing. So my life is music and the quest for the next level of understanding in performance never stops, just like any artist. There is nothing else I do that comes close, and I don’t want there to be!
What’s next for Tom Jones after the summer?
I have different kinds of engagements throughout the autumn, and the next season of The Voice, which I really enjoy.
Do you have a special message for your fans who are going to see you this summer?
It is my privilege to entertain and perform for anyone who wants to listen. When an audience reacts to what I’m doing onstage, it’s the most wonderful thing and it never gets old. A show is a two-way street, an exchange between the performer and the people there to experience it. If they love it, I am nothing less than thrilled. So come on - see you there!
Fans will be hoping the Friday the 13th date doesn't mean a repeat of the bad luck which struck Sir Tom's last appearance in Alnwick, when a power outage cut short his 2015 Pastures concert.
The spectacular line-up of concerts at Alnwick Castle this summer also features Nile Rodgers and CHIC on Wednesday, July 11; Madness on Saturday, July 14; and Il Divo with special guest Michael Ball on Sunday, July 15.
Tickets are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/summerhousesounds