Tom Jones Live
14th July 2017 21:00friday
Veszprém ArénaVeszprém Aréna
Opening Act: Pribojszki Mátyás Band
Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 75—the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame. Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.
Thomas Jones Woodward was born in Pontypridd, South Wales, Great Britain on June 7, 1940 to a father who worked the coal mines of the Rhondda Valley. After quitting school at 15, working a variety of manual jobs, singing in the clubs at night and marrying at 17, Jones went on to sign with Decca Records in London.
Jones has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album Reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. Tom was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red, White & Blues series, and in 2004 released an album of roots Rock ‘n’ Roll with Jools Holland. In 2008, 24 Hours, was a critical career highlight with many of the self-penned tracks being an insightful and evocative reflection of his spirited and rich life.
2010 saw a change of direction with Tom releasing his 39th studio album, Praise & Blame. The Praise & Blame mantra was ‘get back to basics’, and the album was recorded as wholly live performances at Peter Gabriel’s studio in Bath, England, produced by Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Laura Marling, Paolo Nutini). The result witnessed a singer at the top of his game, with the songs themselves coaxing exhilarating performances out of Tom and his band.
Following the success of Praise & Blame, in May 2012 Tom released ‘Spirit In The Room’. Paired once again with producer/guitarist Ethan Johns at Bath’s Real World Studios, ‘Spirit In The Room’, like it’s predecessor, allows an unvarnished Tom to bring a voice to songs as only he can. Accompanied by Ethan Johns throughout, the album includes gems from a diverse choice of writers - Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney amongst others. ‘Spirit In The Room’ is simple, raw and soulful.
Tom was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, an honour he deeply cherishes. An honour he was able to celebrate once again in 2012 when he performed at the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Other highlights of his long career include receiving a BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the [US] Songwriters Hall of Fame, GQ Man Of The Year, and the prestigious [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. In 2012 he landed his first acting role not playing himself, alongside Brenda Blethyn and Alison Steadman, in “Playhouse Presents: King of The Teds” for Sky Arts.
In and amongst a very successful touring year in 2014, Tom had the thrill of performing at the MCG in Melbourne for the AFL Grand Final, the premier sporting event in Australia, alongside Ed Sheeran. Later in the year, he had the honour of appearing at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit concert, sharing the bill with Florence + The Machine, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Brian Wilson and others. And over in the UK, he was pleased to close the first Annual BBC Music Awards, helping to salute a fantastic year of music across the BBC by performing alongside Paloma Faith, a chorus of hundreds and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In 2015, Sir Tom continued his role as Coach on The Voice UK, working alongside Will.i.am, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson. In February, a very special invitation was received to perform at the 25th Anniversary of MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute honouring Bob Dylan, alongside musical luminaries Bruce Springsteen, Beck, Jack White, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and many more. The following evening he performed at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. After a busy few months touring, Sir Tom released his first ever autobiography entitled Over The Top And Back (Penguin Books), and the book’s companion soundtrack entitled Long Lost Suitcase (VirginEMI/Caroline) which he actively promoted internationally. He also hosted and headlined a special 2-hour television event with his friends in music and comedy in a major fund-raising effort for the BBC’s charity Children In Need.
2016 has been a difficult but busy year of performing and touring for Sir Tom as he has laboured to work through the grief of losing his childhood friend and wife of 59 years, Melinda, in April. Tom and his band lifted performances to a different level, garnering rave reviews in Europe and America. Going into the Autumn, Sir Tom is back working on The Voice UK at ITV (tx 2017), where he is looking to find and guide new talent. A quick trip to Germany to perform with the stellar Helena Fischer finishes the year on a positive note.
Sir Tom is indeed a living legend, one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music who continues to have a vital recording and performing career to this day. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. Sir Tom has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice.
- Tom Jones - Artist
- DAVID BRONZE - Bass
- TOBY CHAPMAN - Keys Dep
- HENRY COLLINS - Trumpet
- JOSEPH GLOSSOP - Hammond
- SIMON JOHNSON - Guitar
- SCOTT MCKEON - Guitar
- TREVOR MIRES - Trombone
- FRANCIS WALDEN - Sax
- GARY WALLIS - MD / Drums
Matyas Pribojszki Band (from 8 pm)
Latest news: Officially the brand-new (5th )Matyas Pribojszki Band – “My stories” cd is out on 8th June 2016. With some real American blues icons as special guests like Charlie Musselwhite, Bob Margolin, and some younger blues ambassadors like Kid Andersen (USA), Andy J. Forest (USA), Raphael Wressnig (A), Little G. Weevil (USA/H), Bill Barrett (USA), Ryan Donohue (USA), Ripoff Raskolnikov (A) and Zoltán Nemes (H).
The brand-new cd includes 12 songs, 11 new originals of Mátyás Pribojszki, and one cover of Wee Willie Wayne. Songs about women, disappointments, delights, losses, traveling, experiences throughout the range of emotions… So all about the Life. Real stories…
Multi-award-winning Matyas Pribojszki (1974) is one of the finest and highest qualified harmonica players, singers out there. The gold album recipient, official Hohner harmonica endorser (http://www.playhohner.com/artists/matyas-pribojszki/) has 11 (!) albums under his belt. During his career he has performed in 30 countries on three continents passing on the message of his own style of blues, many times sharing the stage with blues extraordinaires alike.
”Matyas Pribojszki is definitely a brilliant instrumentalist; his tasteful play can by all means compete with the best harmonica players of the blues planet…” - Jean Jaques Miltau
Matyas started playing harmonica at the age of 15 under the influence of Sonny Boy Williamson II.
He formed his first band “Blues Fools” in 1994. The band quickly became one the most well-known bands on the blues scene. During the 10 years period together they recorded four albums and toured throughout Europe with outstanding success.
In January 2004 Matyas invited mostly jazz-influenced musicians to form the Matyas Pribojszki Band. Their highly acclaimed first album „Flavours” was released in 2005. Album supporting tours took place all over Europe and beyond. A Live performance DVD “Live in Budapest” (2006) and another studio album “How Many More” (2008) followed meanwhile the band was consistently on the road. “How Many More” went gold in Hungary, being the first blues album in decades reaching such high numbers of sales in the country.
In 2009 Matyas Pribojszki and Ripoff Raskolnikov (A) released “Room for Two”, a full length acoustic duo album with Raskolnikov`s and Matt’s original numbers.
A year later he recorded “Boogie on the Ship” (2010). This 100% live studio cut with absolutely zero overdub really showed how much Matyas and the band improved musically over the years. They have found themselves back on the road supporting the album nationally and internationally.
In 2013, his latest release “Treat” turned heads again in Europe and overseas. The international media highly praised it; BBC network invited Matyas for an in studio performance an interview. He made his debut tour in the USA covering eight States and thousands of miles.
"Matyas is an impressive virtuoso harmonica player and has an original style…” - Rick Estrin
“He plays both traditional and contemporary blues harmonica styles with a practiced assurance which belies his years and his tone, phrasing and timing are right on the money.-Steve Baker
The Matyas Pribojszki Band are :
- Matyas Pribojszki-harmonica, vocals
- Ferenc Szasz-guitars
- Daniel Molnar –drums
- Laszlo Csizmadia-bass
Matyas is always on tour on his own, with his duo project “Grunting Pigs” and with his band. During his travels he has shared the stage with many legends he looks up to such as: Charlie Musselwhite, Bob Margolin, Duke Robillard, Howard Tate, Big Daddy Wilson, Carlos Del Junco, Paul Lamb, Andy J. Forest, Herbie Goins, Paul Lamb, Ian Siegal, Little G. Weevil etc…just to name a few.
The other hand Matyas Pribojszki- was a member of the jury and honored guest at the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany 2009, and also at the Baltic-Nordic Harmonica Festival in Parnu, Estonia, 2011.
Besides his musician career, as a most amazing world-class blues harmonica performer, Mátyás has a nice harmonica online store www.harmonica.hu, and on the other hand, he has dozens of young harmonica students in Hungary and Mátyás also the author of a Hungarian harmonica school-book for beginners, titled “Harp School”. („Herfli Suli” – www.herflisuli.hu )
Some festival references:
- Jammin’ in DC Blues and Barbecue Festival (Junction City, Kansas, USA)
- Gronau Jazz & Blues Festival (Germany)
- Wienna Blues Spring (Austria)
- Baltic-Nordic Harmonica Festival (Estonia)
- Rauma Blues Festival (Finland)
- Duvel Blues Festival (Belgium)
- Blues On The Bay Festival (Ireland)
- World Harmonica Festival (Germany)
- Pordenone Blues Festival (Italy)
- Blues a Roses Festival (Spain)
- (Ge)Varenwinkel Festival (Belgium)
- Harmonica Sur Cher (France)
- Puisto Blues Festival (Finland)
- Harmonica Bridge Festival (Poland)
- Breda Jazz Festival (The Netherlands)
Mátyás Pribojszki Band releases:
- Mátyás Pribojszki Band - My stories (cd) 2016.
- Mátyás Pribojszki Band – Treat (cd) 2013.
- Mátyás Pribojszki Band – Boogie on the ship (cd) 2010.
- Mátyás Pribojszki Band – How many more? (cd) 2008.
- Mátyás Pribojszki Band – Flavours (cd) 2005.
Other releases of Mátyás Pribojszki:
- Grunting Pigs – Grunt away (cd) 2016.
- Ripoff Raskolnikov & Mátyás Pribojszki – Room for two (cd) 2009.
- Mátyás Pribojszki Band – Live in Budapest (dvd) 2007.
- Blues Fools – All these, oldies (cd) 2003.
- Blues Fools – On the move (cd) 2000.
- Blues Fools – Fools in the blues (cd, tape) 1998.
- Blues Fools – Foolstory (tape) 1996.