It’s been a busy start to the year for Tom Chaplin, just back from an intimate American club tour with his amazing band. Luckily he’s found time to return to the studio and record a new version of Solid Gold ft. Jones, one of the stand out tracks on his acclaimed debut album The Wave.
‘When I wrote the middle section of the song, I always had it in mind that it should feel like a duet,’ says Tom. ‘After discovering JONES through a friend, I decided to make it a full duet.
‘Having never done this kind of thing before, I was slightly dubious as to how it would work. However once we got into the studio, it just added a whole new layer to the song.’
Tom describes Solid Gold as a love letter to his wife. ‘I wanted to articulate how my view of our relationship had changed once I got myself clean. It’s one of the most poignant moments on the record.’
Anyone who heard Tom and JONES perform the track live on a recent Dermot O’Leary Radio 2 session or the Sun Bizarre Facebook Session , had a sneak preview of the spellbinding reworked version of the song. The accompanying video was shot in the studio during the recording sessions for the track and you can see it here .
Having toured the UK last autumn, Tom embarks on a 15 date British tour in May including London’s Palladium on the 17th. His 24 carat band – Sebastian Sternberg, Rosie Langley, Tobie Tripp and Beau Holland – effortlessly swap instruments to recreate the lush, emotional sound of The Wave driven by Tom’s captivating voice.
Tom Chaplin plays:
Sat 6th CARDIFF, St David’s Hall
Mon 8th DUBLIN, Olympia
Tue 9th BELFAST, Ulster Hall
Thu 11th GATESHEAD, Sage
Fri 12th YORK, Barbican
Sat 13th MANCHESTER, Albert Hall
Mon 15th EDINBURGH, Queens Hall
Tue 16th LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall
Wed 17th LONDON, Palladium
Fri 19th LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
Sat 20th SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall
Sun 21st CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Tue 23rd BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
Wed 24th BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
Thurs 25th BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion