Sir Tom Jones still loves singing live and will carry on performing for as long as he can

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Sir Tom Jones says he is too old for fans to get their knickers in a twist when he sings.

The Welsh singer has famously been bombarded with ladies undies while on stage singing his hits and gyrating his hips.

But Tom, who turns 81 on Monday, says those days are gone and there will be no pants flying in his direction next time he sings live.

He said: “The tight pants, open neck shirt, people throwing things at me – that went with time.

“I concentrate more on the way I sing as opposed to the way I move. You can’t be up there saying, ‘I am Mr Macho,’ because I’m not. I’m not jumping all over the place, but I don’t feel 80.”

Sir Tom says he concentrates more on his voice than the way he moves
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Despite now being in his ninth decade, Tom has no intention of retiring and will keep performing for as long as he is able to.

Speaking to the US version of OK! Magazine, he added: “I’ve got good bones and I am pretty fit, and as long as I’ve got two bloody legs, I’ll keep performing.

Sir Tom says he can longer get on stage and say ‘I am Mr Macho'
(Image: PA)

“I can’t wait for live shows because I love singing to a lot of people. Without them, what’s the point?” Tom, a judge on talent show The Voice, says he’s loving being a senior citizen.

And he enjoys looking back with pride on his incredible career and life, especially becoming a Sir in 2005.

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He said: “I’ve had such a great time, and now I’m 80. But you’ve got to enjoy the different parts of life, and I’m enjoying myself now.

“The thing I am most proud of is being knighted by the Queen.

“When I was a child, they didn’t give medals to entertainers.

“I just thought if I could make a living as a singer, I’d be the happiest person in the world, which I am, but you don’t think about being knighted. It’s wonderful and I never saw it coming.”