Tom Jones addresses warning over ‘vicious temper’ after heated encounter with John Lennon

Tom Jones says he used to have a ‘temper’

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Sir Tom Jones, 80, said while it took a lot for him to get angry in his younger years, it was like a “red flag to a bull” when he did. At one point, he said he branded John Lennon a “scouse b*****d” after taking offence to a comment he made. Recalling his temper, he said: “I was told I had to contain it, if somebody started getting a little funny with me, I’d have to watch my step.

“You know, because I had a vicious temper when I was young. I didn’t snap easy though, it took a lot to do it.

“But, once it went, it was a like a red light went on and it was terrible.”

The Voice UK judge said he was “not proud” of it and added he had to “be careful” at the time.

When asked if he still had a temper, he went on to say: “Yes.

“I used to worry about my temper when I was young I used to think, ‘My God, I’m going to kill somebody one day’.”

Laughing, he added: “And now I’m worried somebody is going to kill me, so I wouldn’t want to get into a scrap now.”

Recalling a particular incident, he said his manager had to calm him down when he took offence about a comment John Lennon made.

Tom said the rocker mocked his It’s Not Unusual hit, by changing the lyrics to: “It’s not Sir unicorn, it’s an elephant.”

The singer added The Beatles star also branded him a “Welsh p**f.”

Addressing his response, he added on the BBC Front Row show: “I went, ‘Come up here you Scouse b*****d and I’ll show you’.”

“My manager said, ‘Woah it’s a Liverpudlians’ sense of humour’, but straight away, boom it was like a red flag to a bull.”

The father-of-two said thankfully John didn’t hear his response, but his manager urged him to calm down.

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“Gordon said to me, ‘You’ve got to stop that, you can’t do things like that’.”

In the same chat, the singer praised his late wife Linda for keeping him grounded at the height of his fame.

He said the thought of drugs “never interested” him despite being surrounded by many who did them at parties.

Tom’s wife died following a “short but fierce” battle with breast cancer in 2016.

He went on to say thinking of Linda’s laugh during his upcoming gigs will make it easier for him to perform.

Following her death, the Sex Bomb hitmaker added he almost gave up his career, but his wife had urged him not to.

The pair met as teenagers and were married for 59 years, up until her death.

He released his new album Surrounded By Time earlier this year.

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