Australian 1972 Photographs
These rare photographes
were taken during Cat Stevens first concert tour of Australia in August of 1972. These
images may take a few minutes to download, so please be patient with them as they are well
worth the wait. All of these fabulous photographs are
courtesy of Bruce Lawrie.
from the Chris Charlesworth Bio ' The Definative Career Biography of Cat Stevens' page 53.
The Australian leg of the
tour was particularly hectic. Arriving at Sydney Airport on August 20, Steve was mobbed by
fans, an event which prompted newspapers to compare his arrival with the scenes that
greeted the Beatles when they arrived on Australian soil in 1964.
'As soon as Stevens
emerged from the customs gate, police and wildly enthusiastic fans surrounded him,'
reported one daily newspaper, The Age, ' Police had trouble protecting the pop singer.
Police formed a ring round the stunned Stevens and tried to rush him to a waiting car but
the fans broke through police lines, causing him to stumble and almost fall, as they tore
at his clothing. The screaming girls followed Stevens out of the terminal, milling around
the car and clambering on to the bonnet and boot in an attempt to catch a glimpse of