This article comes courtesy again by Olive George, my one time
teenage Pen-pal from England. She sent this to me many years ago. Unfortuately, I do not
know from which newspaper or magazine this clipping comes from. The only thing I can say
for certain, is that Linda Lewis is talking about the 1974 Bamboozle Tour, so this article
is probably from early 1975 or late 1974.
- Special note to Olive:
If you are reading this, please send me an e-mail I would love to hear from
you again, and catch up on old times and reconnect with you after all these
THE PURR~FECT TOUR
Pete Meets Linda Lewis
When Linda Lewis came to
meet me in her record companys office, a few weeks ago, she arrived at lightning
speed, towed by Mick, her very large red setter.
Micks very special to
Linda because he was a Christmas present from her boyfriend, Jim Cregan. "I told Jim
I wanted either a fur coat or a dog for Christmas," said Linda, and as it
turned I got both! Arent I lucky?
Linda is so fond of Mick
that she takes him everywhere with her, in fact the only times she allows herself to be
parted from him is when shes away on tour.
"But even then, he
doesnt have to go into the kennels, she said, "because either Jims
mum or my mum will always look after him.
Linda was away from Mick
for most of last year, because she spent several months on a world tour with Cat Stevens.
But at least she didnt have to be parted from Jim, whos a musician, himself.
He went along as the guitarist in her backing group!
At first, says Linda,
working with Jim as well as spending her spare time with him caused problems
"During the first tour
we worked on together, we had terrible rows," She told me. One time we had such a bad
row that we ended up throwing things at each other! I suppose it was a bit odd for Jim to
back me now, because before that hed been in Family, who we a very big group.
But we soon worked things
out, and now we have a great understanding. Jim plays so much better than anyone else
maybe because we love each other, and so he wants to please me with his
Linda and Jim came back
from the world tour laden down with souvenirs from all the countries theyd visited.
Linda says her favourites were some Indian turquoise jewelry from America (even though the
Customs people charged them £70 for it!) and several beautiful kimonos from Japan.
And Japan was Lindas
favourite out of all the places they saw.
amazing," said Linda. "It took us a long time to get used to it at first because
women there are second class citizens. They open doors for men, walk behind them and light
their cigarettes! To begin with I thought, how awful, but by the end I started to do it
too! We looked at the lovely temples and traveled out into the countryside, which was
I wondered how Linda had
first come to know Cat Stevens.
"Ive known him
for ages, she told me. "I first got to know him when I lived in a big house in
Hampstead. One of his roadies lived there too, so he often came round. And then I did some
back-up vocals for him in Teaser and The Firecat.
"When we were on the
tour he told me he never really thought of asking me to tour with him before, because you
never really think of your mates when it- comes to that sort of thing, theyre too
close. So when someone suggested me to him, he was really pleased. But he felt sort of
guilty that he hadnt asked me before!"
And Linda says she
thoroughly enjoyed working with Cat.
He was really great
fabulous company, she said Id heard he could be moody, but he
wasnt at all. He was smashing.
"Mind you. Watching
him "You can see why he might be a bit moody at times. It must be so lonely at the
top, and I think he is lonely. He always has lots of people coming up to speak to him, and
every time he must wonder why theyre doing it, and what their motives are. It must
make you very distrustful, being so famous.
On a lighter note, Linda
told me that, looking back on the tour, she could hardly believe it had really happened.
"Its like a
dream!" she said. "We started in Britain. went through Europe to America and
then went on to Japan, Australia and Now Zealand. We were supposed to go on to South
America, but that was cancelled, which was a shame.
"Actually, the last I
heard from Cat, he was down-there. He shaved his head and his beard off, and want down
there to meditate. I didnt see him before I went, and I dread to think what he looks
Lindas biggest fear
about the tour was playing to the huge crowds whod come to see Cat.
"We were playing to
enormous audiences, which was great, but very frightening," she said. "I was
afraid, to begin with, that the audiences, especially in America, wouldnt he very
receptive to me. But in fact they turned out to be really nice and considerate.
"I was really lucky to
get on the tour. It was great fun. Being together for so long, we all ended up like one
big travelling family."
"In fact I enjoyed it
all so much that at the moment Im planning to do an album about our travels on the
tour. Ive never done one that had any sort of continuity to it, and Id really
"I kept a diary all
the way through the tour, and Im trying to see if I can turn it into an album of
I cant think of a
nicer souvenir to have than that!