Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yusuf/ Cat Stevens



Songs of Cat Stevens, who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam in 1977, (didn't know his name was Steven Georgiou) have always been a favourite, though enigmatic lyrics at times. I was not going to concerts when he toured here last (1964), so it was great to have the chance to see him on this tour.
He commented that it was ironic that his picture in the newspaper showed him looking older than he'd like , and above it the name "The Age"
He sang all the old favourites as well as newer stuff. Peace Train, Where Do The Children Play? Father and Son, (Remember The Days Of The) Old School Yard, First Cut Is The Deepest, Oh Very Young, Wild World, Moonshadow, Matthew & Son, I love my dog, Morning Has Broken and so very many others. All just as relevant today!!
A truncated version of Remember the Days of the Old School Yard was a taste of the hitfest to
come, using the show to preview a musical, Moonshadow, based on a character called Stormy that linked a string of his songs together.
A Review sums it up
"Like Simon and Garfunkel last year, Yusuf's pure voice and great band managed to create an intimate atmosphere in a not-so-intimate venue."
It was a great concert he went on longer than advertised by singing an few extra at encore Thunderous applause. A great experience!
there was a weather alert for strong storm winds at 11pm but while i walked back to the car int he Gardens in a strong breeze it was surprisingly mild.

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