10 Observations From Tom Jones Live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on May 20, 2013 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

The legendary Tom Jones dropped by legendary New York venue Bowery Ballroom on May 18, 2013 to showcase his latest album “Spirit In The Room.”  Here are 10 observations from the show.

1. I am over 30 years of age and I was the youngest person in the room.   By far.  Possibly by 30 years.

2. Tom Jones is an amazing performer who deserves the praise he gets as he had the 500 person venue eating out of his hand for the entire show….

3.  …despite playing only one of his greatest hits (“Green Green Grass of Home”)  in the nearly 2 hour show.

4. All the die hard Tom Jones fans (some who I spoke with admitted to seeing him close to 1000 times) were delighted that he didn’t play any “hits.”  The casual fans that came to see the hits walked away from the show bitter.

5. This was the first time I’ve ever seen people in walkers in the front row at Bowery Ballroom and as you know, I’ve been there hundreds of times.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

6. Nobody threw panties or bras onto the stage.  And for that, I am truly grateful!

7. Despite not playing his own hits, we heard covers of songs originally by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Odetta, Paul McCartney, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson,  Elvis Presley, Joe Henry and Leonard Cohen.

8. Tom Jones went on stage around 9:15 PM.  He entered the building for the first time that day at 9:02 PM.

9. During a slow song, so many people in the audience took the opportunity to yell out “Play ‘Delilah’,” nearly drowning out Tom, but because he is the consummate performer, he overcame the audience jeers and when the song was over, got some of the loudest applause of the night.

10. I would totally go see Tom Jones again.

Bonus observation:

11. I think I better dance now!

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

See the setlist after the jump.

Tom Jones Bowery Setlist

Tom Jones Bowery Setlist


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  • Gail said,

    No panties on the stage, what a bust! 😀

  • Dedar said,

    Hey G,

    Not sure where you were standing, but I was surrounded by 40-50 year old women and some men. And yes there were panties tossed.

    Great show!

  • The G said,

    I can’t believe I missed seeing panties being thrown! NOOOOOO!