GET WELL SOON MES­SAGES POUR IN FOR SIR TOM

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - NATHAN BEVAN Re­porter nathan.bevan@waleson­line.co.uk

INTO The Ark has led the del­uge of good wishes sent Sir Tom Jones’ way af­ter it was an­nounced he’d can­celled his up and com­ing US tour due to ill health.

The Black­wood duo – who were due to sup­port the Pon­typridd leg­end on the tour which was due to kick off in Penn­syl­va­nia later this week – posted on Face­book that they hoped he’d get well soon.

The pair – con­sist­ing of Tay­lor Jones and Dane Lloyd – were men­tored by Sir Tom on the most re­cent se­ries of the ITV tal­ent show The Voice and made it all the way to the fi­nal, only to nar­rowly miss out on the top prize.

They wrote: “Our thoughts are with Sir Tom and his speedy re­cov­ery – see you in May 2018.”

The vet­eran Welsh crooner re­leased a state­ment on his web­site and so­cial me­dia pages on Fri­day evening.

It said: “Fol­low­ing med­i­cal ad­vice, Sir Tom Jones has an­nounced that he will un­for­tu­nately be post­pon­ing his US tour, which was due to com­mence in Beth­le­hem, PA on Wed­nes­day 6th September.

“Dates are be­ing re-sched­uled for May and June 2018 and all tick­ets will re­main valid for the new dates, de­tails of which will fol­low as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Tom sends his sin­cere apolo­gies to his fans and looks for­ward to see­ing them all again in 2018.

“Any cus­tomers wish­ing to get a re­fund should con­tact their point of pur­chase.”

It is un­clear what health is­sue has led the 77-year-old to make the an­nounce­ment.

The su­per­star had been on stage at the Royal Al­bert Hall ear­lier that same night as part of an all-star cel­e­bra­tion of the renowned Stax Records la­bel along with Jools Hol­land and His Rhythm & Blues Orches­tra and soul greats such as Sam Moore and Booker T Jones.

Fans have been tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to send the star their love.

One wrote on Face­book: “Get well soon Tom Jones.

“Even the great­est live per­former needs to take time out. I look for­ward to hear you com­ing back and WOWING us with what you do so well.

“All the best to you, Mr Cool of Soul.”

Sax­o­phone player Frank Wal­dren, who was due to ap­pear in the singer’s US tour­ing band, added: “Gut­ted not to spend next five weeks on road with @RealSirTomJones.

“No­body though will be more dis­ap­pointed than him. Get well soon!”

PHILIP GOD­DARD

Tom Jones has can­celled his US tour due to ill health, spark­ing lots of get well wishes from fel­low mu­si­cians and fans

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