2009-07-10 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Tom Jones At Capitol One Bank Theatre

Live Nation proudly presents two evenings with Tom Jones at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $61.50 and are available exclusively online at LiveNation.com, charge by phone at 1- 877-598-8694, at the Westbury box office, and at participating Blockbuster ® stores. For membership information, visit www.westburymembership. com.

Tom Jones rose to fame in the 1960s as one of the most exuberant live acts ever to be seen in music history. He got his start as a performer in 1963 as Tommy Scott with the Senators, a Welsh beat group. By early 1965, he released his second single "It's Not Unusual," which was an instant hit. It shot up to number one in the UK and reached the top 10 in the US. That same year Jones sang the theme song to the James Bond film "Thunderball." He was also awarded a Grammy for Best New Artist.

Since then Jones has cranked out hit after hit such as "What's New Pussycat," which was written by Burt Bacharach, and "She's a Lady," which reached number two on the US charts. Maintaining a provocative style, similar to his old friend Elvis Presley, Jones commands any stage on which he performs. He regularly tours North America and the UK and has even made a long-awaited appearance in South America just a few years ago. He also makes regular appearances at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, putting on a cabaret-like show for audiences.

Jones' songs have appeared in many movies and he has made several cameos, including a memorable role as himself in the 1996 Tim Burton film "Mars Attacks!" Including films, he has made several other special appearances in addition to his tours. He was one of the artists asked to perform at Wembley Stadium at the Concert for Diana in 2007, where he was joined on stage by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and British soul singer Josh Stone. And on New Year's Eve 1999, President Bill Clinton invited Jones to ring in the year 2000 by performing at the Millennium celebrations in Washington D.C.

Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music — pop, rock, show tunes, country, dance, techno, and everything in between. His legacy has stood the test of time and since 1965, his robust baritone voice has sold over 100 million records. His newest album, "24 Hours," was released in November of 2008 and features the song "If He Should Ever Leave You," which was named No. 9 by Spinner as one of the best songs of 2008.

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