Sir Tom Jones denies needing medical assistance behind the scenes
Sir Tom Jones has denied collapsing before his final show in Budapest on Tuesday night, insisting the cancellation was prompted by a virus infection.
The legendary singer, 82, fell ill before the last European date of his Surrounded by Time tour and doctors have reportedly told him to cancel the show.
But he has since refuted claims of a reported collapse at the Hungarian capital’s MVM Dome, with the postponement of his final Surrounded by Time tour date caused by “viral laryngitis”.
Speaking: Sir Tom Jones has denied collapsing before his final show in Budapest on Tuesday night, insisting the cancellation was prompted by a virus infection
He told Instagram followers: “Hello everyone concerned. I traveled from the UK to Budapest last night and woke up this morning with an uncomfortable throat.
“A specialist came to visit us and diagnosed ‘viral laryngitis’. He strongly advised postponing tonight’s show and prescribed medication and vocal rest.
He added: “I haven’t ‘collapsed’ anywhere at any time, that’s pure rumour.” Hope the inflammation subsides soon as I can’t wait to continue my wonderful summer tour.
“Unfortunately, the show had to be canceled at the last minute, and I’m very sorry about that. However, the show in Budapest has been postponed and will take place on August 16. Thank you again for your kind concern.’
Busy: Sir Tom took to the stage at the Henley Festival on Friday, then performed in Norfolk and Halifax over the weekend, before heading to Budapest as part of his tour.
The Welsh star was originally thought to have collapsed ahead of the show as it traveled through the UK and mainland Europe.
A source told MailOnline: “Tom Jones collapsed so his concert was canceled tonight and medics were called to the stadium. His management have set 16 August as the new date for the concert.
The source said he collapsed about an hour before performing, but hoped to be able to continue with the concert.
But after private doctors’ orders, Sir Tom was forced to cancel the concert minutes before going on stage, according to stagehand Péter Kovács.
A message from the venue translated into English added: “Unfortunately, following medical advice, Tom Jones regrets not being able to perform at the MVM Dome tonight.”
“The show will be rescheduled to Tuesday August 16, 2022. All tickets will remain valid for the revised date.”
“Sir Tom sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience but looks forward to performing for you in August.”
According to local reports, the National Ambulance Service said he was not called to the scene.
A spokesperson for the Surrounded by Time tour reportedly confirmed to Hungarian news outlet Index that Tom had fallen ill.
Sir Tom’s website shows a new tour date at Budapest’s MVM Dome scheduled for August 16.
MailOnline has contacted Tom’s representatives for comment.
Cancelled: But the legendary singer (pictured in Vienna on July 3), 82, fell ill before the final date of his Surrounded by Time tour, forcing him to cancel the show
Sir Tom’s concert at the MVM Dome in Budapest replaced the originally announced kyiv stop on his Surrounded by Time tour, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Sir Tom took to the stage at the Henley Festival on Friday before performing in Norfolk and Halifax over the weekend, then heading to Budapest as part of his Surrounded By Time tour.
After performing in Amsterdam last Wednesday, Sir Tom took to Instagram to say he had an ‘electric night’ on stage at the Ziggo Dome.
Sir Tom has toured the world for his highly anticipated Surrounded By Time tour and regularly shares snaps of his travels and shows on Instagram.
His current European and American tour includes more than 50 dates and the singer is due to perform in ccities across Germany, Croatia, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and Belgium over the next few weeks.
Illness: After private doctors’ orders, Sir Tom (pictured in March 2021) was forced to cancel the gig minutes before going on stage, according to a stagehand
In August Sir Tom is due to return to the UK for further tour dates including performances in Edinburgh and Essex before flying to the US.
He plans to visit states like New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut before heading to Canada to perform in Toronto, Montreal and Windsor.
Sir Tom’s 55-date tour is then set to return to America for further shows before concluding on October 12, with a final performance in San Francisco.
Announcing his new tour dates on Instagram in April, Sir Tom wrote: “I’m really looking forward to hitting the road across the UK/Europe this summer!”
Performances: His European and American tour includes more than 50 dates and the singer is due to perform in cities in Germany, Croatia, Italy, Norway and Belgium over the next few weeks.
“It’s always a joy to play with my great band and see you all and the fun you have at the shows.
‘Tickets are now on sale. Which one will you accompany too? See you soon x.’
In 2017, Sir Tom was forced to postpone a 21-date US tour to the following year after doctors’ orders.
He was scheduled to kick off his final series of live concerts with a show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on September 6, 2017, and continue on the road until October 7 of the same year with a final concert in Tulsa. , Oklahoma.
Touring: In August, Sir Tom is due to return to the UK for further tour dates, including performances in Edinburgh and Essex before flying to the US.
But in a statement to fans at the time, the singer said all US tour dates had been postponed until 2018.
His representative said at the time: “Following medical advice, Sir Tom Jones has announced that he will unfortunately be postponing his US tour, which was scheduled to begin in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Wednesday September 6th.
‘The dates are rescheduled 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.”
Health: In 2017 Sir Tom (pictured in May 2019) was forced to postpone his 21-date US tour to the following year after doctors’ orders