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Tom Jones in Nashville, 2011
Diane and I surprised Diane’s mom with a Tom Jones concert. She’d seen him in Vegas decades ago and really likes him. We’d bought the tickets months ago, knowing that her mom was going to visit. So tonight we went downtown for dinner at a surprisingly decent (for Nashville) Mexican restaurant called El Rey. For some reason she asked about the Opry (playing right into our hands) so I told her that used to be at the Ryman Auditorium, that we can wander over there after dinner. So we wandered down past all the clubs on Broadway (Rolling Stone Mag says Nashville has the best live scene in the nation) and when we got to the Ryman I said, “maybe there’s a concert going on, let’s check it out.”
When we got to the entrance, I pulled out the tickets I’d printed from the website and told Diane’s mom, “I printed these out this morning just in case we decided to check it out.” She was probably thinking it was some free tourist attraction. When we were seated we were still saying “I wonder who’s playing tonight?” There was no opening act. When Tom Jones came out I told her it was him, and she said “no!” still thinking it was a spontaneous happenstance our being there. She was blown away when she reallized it really was him. Then Diane handed her some underwear to throw and she realized it was a planned event.
The band was excellent and, at 71, he still sings great. He mostly sang R & B and gospel standards, which are on his new album, but he did do some of his hits such as Green, Green Grass of Home, Delilah and It’s Not Unusual, and some other well-known songs such as Dixie Chicken, Momma Told Me Not To Come and Leave Your Hat On. He didn’t sing What’s New Pussycat — but that wouldn’t have gone with the set, which was mostly pretty rockin’. He sang for about 90 minutes including the encore.
I recommend the tour, if it comes to your town. There were people of all ages rocking in their chairs, from college age to seniors. People threw underwear on the stage, of course. 🙂
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