Tom Jones at Puente Romano, Marbella

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THE ‘Welsh Tiger’ Tom Jones flew in on a private get and stayed two nights in The Imperial Suite – at €2,700 per night – in Marbella’s Puente Romano Hotel and was seen enjoying himself before a concert at Suite del Mar.

He performed his ‘sell-out’ concert at the hotel’s Tennis Club. His fans – perhaps a little like him – nowadays appear more demure, even perhaps more discerning.

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In the 60s, 70s and 80s, knickers thrown on stage by sex-hungry fans were a feature of his live performances.

But though the sex-symbol wowed  2,600 fans with hit songs ranging from the Green green grass of home to hits from his most recent gospel album ‘Praise and Blame’, only one pair of knickers was thrown throughout the 90-minute Spanish performance.

Whereas at one time Sir Tom warmed even more to his panting fans as the knickers flew stagewards, now the 71-year-old knighted star ignored the black garment thrown at the end of his sell-out performance to a crowd who paid from €95 up to €375.

While many of his songs saw the crowd up on their feet, Delilah’, which topped the charts throughout Europe in 1968 was the biggest hit of the night with everybody moving to the tune.

Other favourites included ‘It’s not unusual’ (1964), ‘Sex Bomb’ (1999) and ‘You can leave your hat on’, the version he sang for the 1997 movie ‘Full Monty’.

During his encore ‘Kiss’ he gave the crowd a glimpse of his not-so-toned torso to the words ‘I know how to undress me’.

Tom’s “Number One fan” Geraldine Hogan from Ireland has “loved him” since she was six, almost 50 years ago. “He can be my sex bomb any day … I would love to take him home,” she said while husband Jim stood alongside.

“My wife and I often dance together to his songs and he has very much been a part of our married lives,” said Jim who with his wife has had a property in Torremolinos for 30-years.

By Nicole Hallett
Photo credit: James Yeadon 


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