Sir Tom Jones, 80, reveals he has had both coronavirus vaccines

‘I’m now bulletproof!’ Sir Tom Jones, 80, reveals he has had both coronavirus vaccines but laments that he still can’t perform live

Sir Tom Jones has joked he is now ‘bulletproof’ after receiving both Covid-19 vaccines and said it’s ‘a great feeling’.

The singer, 80, appears on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show and told the host he’s disappointed he still can’t perform any live shows for the time being.

He said: ‘I’ve had the two and I’m now bulletproof! It’s a great feeling. I thought, “I’ll be able to go out and do some live shows now,” but then I thought, “You’ve got to have an audience for that!” If they haven’t had the jab, what’s the point.’

Vaccine: Sir Tom Jones has joked he is now ‘bulletproof’ after receiving both Covid-19 vaccines and said it’s ‘a great feeling’

The NHS is currently offering coronavirus vaccines to people most at risk from the virus, including those aged over 70, people considered ‘clinically’ vulnerable and health and care workers. 

Asked if he still enjoys performing, Tom said: ‘I love it. I sing around the house; I sing even when I don’t get paid for it! I love to sing; I really do and any chance I have to get up and sing I will.’ 

The Voice UK judge lived in Los Angeles for 41 years and admitted one of the reasons he stayed so long was on the advice of his accountant.

He said: ‘I liked it a lot. It was the sunshine and everything. Because I was on the road so much performing, to me it was like a holiday place.  

Restrictions: The singer, 80, appears on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show and told the host he’s disappointed he still can’t perform any live shows for the time being

‘I’d be by the pool most of the time and I really didn’t have to do anything. It was so easy and convenient. 

‘To be honest the reason I stayed there was on the advice of my accountant when Harold Wilson came into power – and then, when I didn’t have to pay as much tax, I really got to like it!’

Tom appeared on the BBC chat show alongside actors Sam Neill, Billie Piper and James Nesbitt and also performed his new single No Hole in My Heart.

The star began his career in 1963, and he had a meteoric rise to stardom thanks to his robust baritone voice following the release of It’s Not Unusual in 1965.

He went on to make hits such as What’s New Pussycat and Sex Bomb, and even sang the theme tune to James Bond film Thunderball. 


He said: ‘I’ve had the two and I’m now bulletproof! I thought, “I’ll be able to go out and do some live shows now,” but then I thought, “You’ve got to have an audience for that!”‘

Tom married his wife Linda at the age of 17 and the pair stayed together for 59 years until she sadly died of cancer in 2016. 

In a previous interview with The Mirror, the singer admitted he has no plans to retire as he reflected on his 80th birthday.

Reflecting on his prolific career, the Delilah hitmaker said: ‘I like ­birthdays. People say, “What is it like growing old?” but I say, “What is the alternative?”. I don’t mind growing old as the memories are tremendous.

‘I don’t want to stop as God has been good to me and my voice is still there. I want to do it as long as there is a breath in my body.’ 

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 29th January 10.45pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer.

Passion: Asked if he still enjoys performing, Tom said: ‘I love it. I sing around the house; I sing even when I don’t get paid for it!’

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