His days of dodging women's underwear tossed at him while he's onstage are largely over.
"That's a relic of a bygone era," Engelbert Humperdinck said with a laugh. "It still happens on occasion and I certainly don't mind, but that's something people did in the '70s."
Humperdinck, speaking in a phone interview from his Los Angeles home, said his concerts these days are all about the music. With a career of more than 40 years and more than 75 albums, he has plenty of hits to choose from and has honed his show based on what works with his audiences.
"These are songs that have stood the test of time, all over the world," he said.
Local audiences will get a chance to experience Humperdinck in concert when he comes the Mahaffey Theater.
He has 63 gold and 24 platinum records already under his belt, but Humperdinck is not slowing down. He tours regularly and recently he's been recording an album of duets with some of his favorite performers.
He's tight-lipped about which songs are on the album, but he will say that his duet partners include Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Seal and Lulu.
"I even recorded a song with Gene Simmons of Kiss," the crooner said.
None of his recording partners are likely to join him in St. Petersburg, though, so the audience will have to settle for solo versions of such romantic hits as "Release Me," "A Man Without Love" and "After the Lovin'."
Details: 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Mahaffey Theater, 401 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $39, $49, $59 and $69. Information: 727-892-5767, www.themahaffey.com.
-- Marty Clear