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Sir Tom Jones to defy woke ban on song Delilah at first major gig in Wales

Sir Tom Jones looks set to defy woke ban and perform his iconic song “Delilah” at his first major show in Wales in two decades.

The legendary Welsh star will perform at the Cardiff Castle in July, and the song has been included in the set list for his performance.

The 82-year-old icon still has a special place in his heart for the song, telling the BBC in 2014 he “loves to hear it sung at rugby games,” adding that the lyrics are “not a political statement.”

Sir Tom said: “’If it’s going to be taken literally like that then I think it takes the fun out of it. I think it takes the spirit out why it’s being sung.”

The 1968 classic, which has nearly sixty million streams on Spotify, has been banned by the Welsh Rugby Union from being played at matches in the country because the lyrics include a reference to a woman.

The governing body, which has recently been hit by sexism and discrimination allegations, took the song off its half-time entertainment and music playlist during Test matches in 2015.

“Delilah will not feature on the playlist for choirs for rugby internationals at Principality Stadium,” a Stadium spokesperson said.

“The WRU condemns domestic violence of any kind. We have previously sought advice from subject matter experts on the issue of censoring the song, and we are respectfully aware that it is problematic and upsetting to some supporters because of its subject matter. Guest choirs have also been asked not to feature the song.”

Despite the ban, the crowd on Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland started to sing the track at the start of the second half.

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