I was lucky enough to attend Tom Jones’ appearance on AOL Backstory on December 16th. It is a small intimate Q&A that takes place on the 4th floor of AOL’s NYC headquarters on 770 Broadway in the East Village, and it is wonderful because each attendee got to get a signed new CD (Jones’ latest is called Long Lost Suitcase), ask questions at the end of the program (which is broadcast live on the net) and best of all, get a meet and greet with The Man Himself. While it was supposed to be a quick meet and greet, Jones really enjoys meeting his fans and spent several minutes talking to each of them and mugging for photos. He was one of the most gracious performers I have ever met and you can bet that I was first in line for the photo.
You can watch the program anytime at http://www.aol.com/build/519342413/–you will find the affable and talented Mr. Jones answering fascinating questions about his ABC TV show of the 60s and 70s (This Is Tom Jones), and his favorite duets on that show and since. He is full of Welsh wisdom and great stories about working with everyone from Elvis to the Stones. It’s a must-see, and just for the record, no panties were thrown by the studio audience!
And yes, that’s me with Mr. Jones at the meet and greet after the show. It was a rainy day and my hair was a disaster (this seems to only happen when I have to have my photo taken, LOL)!