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Posted On: 5 September 2013 08:01 am
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Here comes Tom, the mood-maker

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DOHA IF you've heard Green, green grass of home, It's Not Unusual and If I Only Knew, and love them, chances are you love that silken baritone that rendered them, too. Now, if we were to tell you that Thomas Jones Woodward was coming to Doha and would probably croon those songs for you, it wouldn't have the same impact as saying Sir Tom Jones's terrific timbre will be on show when he sings those numbers. It is true. The legendary Tom Jones is making his maiden trip to the country, his much acclaimed Praise & Blame Tour and will be seen and heard live, come September 17 at the Inter- Continental Doha beach. The Welshman, now 73, has only grown as an artiste and performer in his 50-year career. Born in 1940 and quitting school at 15, working a variety of manual jobs, singing in the clubs at night and marrying at 17, Tom went on to sign with Decca Records in London. Presented by Alive Entertainment, Iconic Qatar, and the Inter- Continental Doha, the event promises to be one of a kind, given the appeal of Tom Jones amongst music lovers over the decades. Tickets are now available at Virgin Megastores & Virgin Online, InterContinental Doha and Crepaway. While the regular ticket is for QR250, the fan pit/VIP ticket goes for QR500. Entry to the concert area will begin at 7pm and the concert is slated to start at 9pm. However, do remember to carry your Qatar ID or passport if you wish to gain entry. But if you're not 21, you will not be granted entry. Tom Jones was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for ˜services to music' in 2006, an honour he fervently cherishes. Other highlights of his career include receiving a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2009 the œHitmaker award from the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2010 the prestigious (the UK) Music Industry Trust Award. He has been animated as himself in The Simpsons, Duck Dodgers, The Emperors New Groove; other film roles include Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! and Angelica Houston's Agnes Brown. The organisers of this event have hosted live in Qatar in 2013 “ Sean Paul, Akon, Chris Tucker, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Ferry Corsten and many more.