Tom Jones won't retire
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 May 2012
This article is from 2012.
Sir Tom Jones would rather die on stage than retire and thinks it would be "terrible" if he ever gave up performing
Sir Tom Jones would rather die on stage than retire.
The 71-year-old singer - whose first single, 'It's Not Unusual', reached number one in the UK singles chart in 1965 - can't imagine ever stopping performing and thinks it would be "terrible" to have to listen to other artists' records while not making his own.
He said: "I hope my life comes to a natural full stop so maybe it'd be easiest if I fell down dead on stage.
"I hate the thought of not being able to sing - I've no idea how I'd fill my time.
"It'd be terrible if I had to sit around listening to other people's records, thinking, 'I can't do that any more.' "
However, the 'Delilah' hitmaker admits he could take a break if life on the road becomes too tiring, but he won't stop for as long as he remains in good health.
He added to the Daily Star newspaper: "It could happen that I'll just get too tired to tour any more and it'll be time for a long sit-down. But having it forced on me, sat at home with regrets? F**k that."