Compiled by Alan Harvey
|1972 "ZIMMERING" TOUR|
CAT STEVENS & BAND:
DATES - CITIES - VENUES:
|1974 BAMBOOZLE TOUR|
DATES / CITIES / VENUES:
Cat Stevens [vocals, guitar, piano]
Alun Davies [vocals, guitar]
Gerry Conway [drums, percussion]
Jean Roussel [keyboards]
Larry Steele [vocals, percussion, guitar]
Bruce Lynch [bass]
Sue Lynch [vocals]
Anna Peacock [vocals]
Jim Cregan [electric guitar]
TOUR NOTES FROM GO-SET
However before Cat arrived in Australia there was controversy about the exorbitant ticket price of $6.60! One Go-Set headline read, "Cat Stevens - the public cry rip-off!" The promoter explained to Go-Set that "an artist of Cat Stevens caliber does not come cheaply." They also explained that in some venues certain seats couldn't be sold as Stevens had stipulated all seats should have unrestricted viewing. Also, even though Stevens was a solo artist his tour group included 14 people.
However, ticket prices did not seem to affect enthusiasm (or sales) for the tour as another Go-Set headline read, " Cat Arrives - wild scenes at Sydney airport." The article stated, "Fan mania reared its head in Australia again last Sunday when more than 300 Cat Stevens fans gave him a riotous welcome. As soon as Stevens emerged from the customs gates, police and excited enthusiastic fans surrounded the touring act. Police had their hands full protecting him from the fans." In an interview later with Molly Meldrum and Mitch from Go Set, Stevens was asked, "Your welcome to Sydney is compared with Beatlemania. Do you think you enjoy as much popularity as The Beatles once did?" Stevens answered, "No, I don't think anyone could repeat The Beatles, they were something in themselves, just as I am something in myself."
EXCERPTS FROM GO-SET CONCERT REVIEW
"He walked on stage to a thunderous reception, then settled down to nearly two hours of music. The new lineup behind Cat Stevens obviously made a difference. At precisely the right moment the black curtain would open to reveal Musical Director Del Newman and an eleven-piece string section."
"The debut of several numbers from "Catch Bull at Four" was probably the most exciting aspect of the shows to date. The audiences have proved to Cat Stevens that they are as attentive and discerning as their American English counterparts."
"No one can believe Cat Stevens - at least until they see and hear him live on this incredible Australian tour."
In Molly Meldrum's column he wrote, "Who will ever forget the tour of Cat Stevens? It was a brilliant tour and one of the most memorable."
Cat Stevens returned to Australia in 1974 for another full city concert tour. While not receiving the publicity of the first tour Go-Set wrote, "Cat Stevens has returned to Australia with a glorious show. When it comes to your city, don't miss it."
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|REFERENCES / LINKS|
Go-Set magazine, 1972
Special thanks to Alan Harvey and Michael Hunter