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Tom Jones & The Shades of the 60s brings Jones’ story of an unprecedented rise through the charts to the UK stage.
Rediscover his music in hit after hip-rocking hit! Relive his transformation from 60s sex symbol to 70s icon, to his career rebirth in the early 2000s and the legendary status he has today. An exciting and nostalgic journey celebrating the voice and the star, prized all over the world.
Starring the age-defying voice of Daniel Chettoe, best known for his outstanding vocal performances on Britain’s Got Talent.
Wide collars and tight trousers are back so Ladies, warm up those hips for shaking and Gents, bring along your dancing shoes… it’s time to be Burnin’ Down the House!
Dan Chettoe stars as Sir Tom Jones in Tom Jones & the Shades of the 60s; read on to find out a bit more about him...
When did you discover the music of Sir Tom Jones?
Around the time I did ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2014, I saw Sir Tom on ‘The Voice’ – I didn’t know who he was but through talking to my family I learned that here was this mature performer with a beautiful rich voice who was hugely successful and still relevant in today’s pop industry. I then watched loads of his performances on YouTube – I think my favourite performances are when he’s older; I love his voice and I love his style of singing. I’ve learned that Sir Tom Jones, over more than 50 years of an incredible career, has stayed relevant and fashionable by recognising new trends and adapting his musical style accordingly. His millions of fans love him!
Have you always loved singing?
My main passion when I was younger was acting then I started discovering singers like Johnny Cash and other American country singers. I was inspired by them to sing and to use my voice in that way; my mum and grandad used to play Johnny Cash at home and in the car and I loved listening to those old songs; I also love opera – my mum introduced me to Pavarotti. The three main artistes I listened to when I was growing up were Pavarotti, Johnny Cash and Elvis!
Apart from the music of Tom Jones, what other music do you enjoy singing?
I’m very theatrical in the way I perform and I love singing songs that tell a story. I was at college with Kitty Harris, the daughter of Keith Harris (Keith Harris and Orville) and we performed together in ‘Chicago’; I played Billy Flynn and it was the first time I’d performed musical theatre onstage – it was the best experience I’ve had so far. I also love to sing songs from the likes of ‘Oliver’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, and ‘Les Misérables’.
Tell us about your first performance.
I was very shy at school but my cousin Leoni, who played guitar, persuaded me to “come into the hall at lunchtime, I’ll play my guitar and you can sing”! We performed ‘Fulsome Prison Blues’ by Johnny Cash and we quickly attracted a big crowd. It was great! It definitely gave me the confidence to audition for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. I sang ‘Cry Me A River’ on TV and I suppose there was a big shock reaction to my voice; Simon Cowell loved my performance – he said it sounded as if I’d swallowed a 60 year old man! BGT really made me believe in what I could do.
Do you have a favourite singer apart from Tom Jones?
Alfie Boe lives round the corner from me; he’s always been a massive inspiration. And I’m a big fan of people like Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden because that’s where I always wanted to go with my music – performing in a theatrical way with a fantastic onstage presence.
How did you get the starring role in ‘Tom Jones and the Shades of the 60s’?
I was working at the Paradise Rooms in Blackpool and I sang with Emily Clark who plays Dusty in the sister show, ‘Dusty & the Shades of the 60s’. She introduced me to the company, who were looking for a young energetic Tom Jones for their new musical production. I’m very excited about the tour and can’t wait to get on the road in 2019; it’s going to be a complete honour to perform as Sir Tom Jones.