Tom Jones will get intimate on new US tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Jones is taking his show on the road again.

The 68-year-old singer will launch a U.S. tour in February to promote his new album, “24 Hours.”

Jones plans to play intimate clubs rather than sprawling arenas during the 15-date tour. And that’s not the only change this time around.

“I’ve just stopped dyeing my hair,” he said.

The white-haired Jones also said Thursday that he’s learned a thing or two after touring and performing for more than 40 years. For one, he no longer does two shows a night: “You’re working with tired (vocal) cords on that second show.”

And though women still tend to toss their underwear onstage while Jones performs, he’s learned to pay it little mind.

“I don’t capitalize on it as much as I used to,” he said. “I used to pick it up and do shtick with it and all that, which I stopped doing because it was encouraging it.”

Jones will open his tour on Feb. 24 in New York. He’ll play Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre on Feb. 27. A European tour will follow in the fall.

Since he released the hit “It’s Not Unusual” in 1965, Jones has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

The hunt goes electric: Clancy books going

digital

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Clancy is going digital.

The author of such blockbusters as “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger” is finally making his work available electronically, starting Feb. 3 with his breakthrough novel, “The Hunt for Red October.”

Publisher Penguin Group (USA) Inc. made the announcement Thursday.

Clancy’s books will be available in all e-formats.

Executives Laura Porco of Amazon.com and Chris Smith of Sony Reader said Thursday that Clancy had been in great demand by customers.

Hasselbeck of ‘The View’ is pregnant again

NEW YORK (AP) — Elisabeth Hasselbeck of “The View” and her husband, Tim, who played for the Arizona Cardinals, are about to be outnumbered.

Hasselbeck announced Thursday on the ABC daytime chat show that she’s pregnant with her third child, due in August. She said: “We are thankful for such great news and will begin planning our zone defense strategy immediately.”

The couple are the parents of 3-year-old Grace Elisabeth and 15-month-old Taylor Thomas.

Being outnumbered at work is nothing new for Hasselbeck. As the resident conservative on “The View,” she’s often gotten into passionate political arguments with her colleagues.