Tom Jones has revealed he would rather die while performing on stage than be forced to retire.
The 71-year-old singer made the comments to the Daily Star, saying he never wanted to finish singing. 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’. 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.”
Obviously, Jones doesn’t mean he actually wants to die on stage, just that he’d rather sing for all his life. If he did perish while at the mike, however, he’d be joining the likes of actor Brandon Lee, wrestler Owen Hart, and comedian Tommy Coper, all of whom died while performing.
Jones is currently serving as a coach on British talent series The Voice UK. He will release his new studio album ‘Spirit In The Room’ in the UK on Sunday 21 May.