Sir Tom Jones would rather die on stage than retire
The 71-year-old singer - whose first single, 'It's Not Unusual', reached number one in the UK singles chart in 1965 - can't imagine ever stopping performing and thinks it would be "terrible" to have to listen to other artists' records while not making his own.
11 May 2012 He said: "I hope my life comes to a natural full stop so maybe it'd be easiest if I fell down dead on stage.
"I hate the thought of not being able to sing - I've no idea how I'd fill my time.
"It'd be terrible if I had to sit around listening to other people's records, thinking, 'I can't do that any more.' "
However, the 'Delilah' hitmaker admits he could take a break if life on the road becomes too tiring, but he won't stop for as long as he remains in good health.
He added to the Daily Star newspaper: "It could happen that I'll just get too tired to tour any more and it'll be time for a long sit-down. But having it forced on me, sat at home with regrets? F**k that."