Forgot to say - Al Stewart, when i met him a few years ago (wow ....name drop a minor non celeb!!) anyway -, he used to say he was often confused with Cat Steven's - but I assume that was only because they were both fragile singer songwriters and the fact that Stewart's only real hit was 'The Year Of The Cat', in 1976 - around the same time as Cat Steven's albums. Anyway - both are great - if you don't know Al Stewart's other stuff check it out!!
Well well well. Yusuf Islam kicked off his first tour in 33 years on Sunday night. And back then he was known as Cat Stevens. Does that make his new guise a debut? Well it was a debut in Ireland anyway - even when he was Cat Stevens he never played here (too busy taking drugs with Jimi Hendix's bassist - presumalby he meant Noel Redding?). For what its worth Yusuf Islam was great. He has not lost any of his intimacy, and he is a man who makes me proud to be human. Probably not perfect, but pretty close to it!!! Then later in the week Steve Earle, who was solid. Tomorrow night is UB40 or the Hot House Flowers. One are a great reggae band who i have heard good things about. And despite their cahrt success they 'keep it real' (god that sonds pompous!). Then the other are crusty of folk rockers - who had some great singles in the 90's and also ... did some great tracks with Def Leppard when they are good! Anyway - probably just stay in and have a quiet time. Not been online a lot recently because of the house move .......... finally over, but no internet in the house. Anyway - keep listening. I am listening to the MvGarrigle sisters trying to decide what track to play on this weeks radio show. Any suggestions? I hadn't realised they spoke fluent french. Must be Knutts ? Is that the right slang word for canadians?
Anyway - off to listen some more! J
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