.

Tom Jones Recruits U2, Sings Springsteen For New Album

September 17, 2008 12:52 PM ET

Las Vegas staple Tom Jones will release his first U.S. album of new material in 15 years, as 24 Hours hits stores on November 25th. Just as Jones' 2002 Reload (which did not get a domestic release) featured a plethora of guests, Jones will welcome U2's Bono and the Edge on one song this time around, as the U2 duo wrote and perform on the new song "Sugar Daddy," which was written specifically for Jones. Over half of the new material was co-written by Jones himself and produced by Future Cut, who have also produced for Lily Allen, Kate Nash and Estelle. The album will also feature Jones covering Bruce Springsteen's Devils & Dust cut "The Hitter," as well as covers of songs by Tommy James & the Shondells, Pumali Panthers and Carla Thomas. "It's all very well just singing songs, but for this record I really wanted to get properly personal," Jones says. "I've been getting reflective recently, looking over my journey through life, and I wanted to make something that was all about me, my stories, to get that down in song. In other words, you listen to this album and you get the real me."

Related Stories:
Tom Jones Responds to Chest Hair Insurance Rumor
U2 Pen Sixty New Songs, New Album Pushed to 2009
Bruce Springsteen, Kid Rock Kick Off Harley Davidson Festival

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com