MAJIKAT EARTH TOUR OFFICIAL PROGRAMME
If you were one of the
lucky few people who attended a Cat Stevens Concert in 1976 for the Majikat Tour, this is
the programme you may have bought at that time. If you are viewing this programme for the
very first time, please take time to read the articles as they are quite
- A Theory Tail
Cat Stevens was born on 21st July 1948 in
London. The youngest of three children, he was christened Stephen Demetri Georgiou.
Together with his brother David and his sister Anita, he lived above his parents'
restaurant,'The Moulin Rouge', just around the corner from the British Museum. His
mother's Swedish, his father Cypriot. When he was old enough to balance a plate, his
father set him to work in the shop, (after all, ' money not grow on trees,' he would say).
He made great friends with all the customers; by time he was 7 he had earned for himself
the princely position of waiter, and boasted his first starch-white jacket, which he
immediately dyed red. This was not enough for him, however. His real dream was to become a
famous painter like his Uncle Hugo in Sweden. He spent most of his time drawing cartoons
and building little guillotines late into the night, making invisible the city around him.
When he was 10 years old, he first heard Laurie London's version of ' He's Got The Whole
World In His Hands' and decided (with the help of his brother) that stardom was his
destiny. That idea was short lived. It took another 4 years before he thought about it
again. At that time an African musical, ' King Kong', had opened at the Shaftesbury
Theatre opposite his father's restaurant. He got to know the cast and was always
found floating around the stage door.
When he was 15, he hung around Soho, roaming between clubs and back-alley bars. Around
that time, his father had given him enough money to buy his first guitar. Leaving school
at 16, he was lucky enough to find a space at Hammersmith Art School. Folk music begun to
influence him, and he was spending most of his day practicing Leadbelly licks on the
stairs. The Art School dismissed him. For a year, he haunted publishing houses and agents,
until he managed to bump into Mike Hurst, who had a friend with enough faith and spare
cash to back his first single - ' I Love My Dog'.
How Could You
Possibly Enjoy Swimming In The Moonlight, Dear Maniacs?
After the earlier albums it became apparent that
Steve was stretching his musical boundaries beyond the limits of keyboard technique and we
were introduced to Jean. I could see at once that here was a person who knew all about
stretching boundaries. His clever mind had been languishing in the retreats of late Juicy
Lucy band until that unforgettable day when he was kicked out of the van and left stranded
on the M1 moterway, alone, except for his faithful Hammond. Steve employed him, (as in
fact he's employed all of us), out of a sense of curiosity and pity.
Out of everyone in
the band, Gerry pulls the most horrible faces whilst he's playing, he bumps into
walls quite a lot and has played every solo album ever produced with the exception of Jim
Winner of the 'Mr.
Entertainment' trophy in Auckland a few years ago, our plucky New Zealand bass player has
been striving to equal that early success ever since. Well, things have just gone from bad
to worse for our Bruce. To start with he didn't get the job with The Shadows and every
time he introduced himself by his Christian name, people would snigger.
We don't pay him very much
and he lives mainly off of his wife Suzanne's earnings, who is far more talented than he
is. Joining Suzanne on this tour are two sultry songstresses from New York, Kim and
Angela. Collectively they resemble Morse Code for Save Our Souls.
Larry plays bass, congas,
organ, guitar, flute and is made out of Kryptonite. All the way from the indolent beaches
of Copacabana comes Chico, percussionist extraordinaire, wearing an expression of
luxurious contentment on his face and a map of Australia on the crown of his head.
I, am an educated guess. ALUN
N.B. The names of the band should be in red, and space should be left for something on
MAJIKAT EARTH TOUR
Alun Davies - Acoustic guiter, 12-string, vocals
Jean Roussel - Electronic piano, organ, clavinet, synthesizer
Gerry Conway - Bass guitar
Mark Warner - Electronic guitar, bazouki
Larry Steel -- Guitar, bass guitar, percussion, flute, vocals
Chico Batera - Percussion
Kim Carlson - Vocals
Magicians - The Magicats
Charles Dent, Cathy Shoppe, Greg Smith
Carl Miller - Tour Director
Bill McManus - Production Advisor
Tony Wigens - Tour Manager
Jeremy Railton - Stage Design
Al Lawrence ( Spot ) - Stage Direction
Geoff Banks - Stage Equipment
Barton Chiate - Audio Engineer
Chuck Conrad - Monitor Engineer
Bill Irving - Assistant Monitor Engineer
Mike Esmonde - Lighting Design
Dick Neil - Props
Rell Thompson - Electrician
Brent Cogdill - Electrician
Michael Grasley - Rigger
Barry Cardinale - Keyboard Technician
Mick Lawford - Magician's Props
Carlos Jones - Assistant
Tantric Art and Mandala Projections reproduced by kind permission of Jean
Special Thanks to:
Anthony Siddon, Barry Newman, M.E. H. LTD., Jo Brown, Midas, Jeffrey Byers, Sarah
Harrison, Lesley Johnson, Alec Zolas, Nat Weiss, Lynn Volkman, Mr. Krost, Bruce Smith,
Bruce Silke, Harvey Goldsmith, Norman Perry, Richard Coweley, Ovation Guitars, Yamaha, Les
Paul, Edwin Shirley Trucking, Roy Lamb, Toney Lennon, Geoff O'Connell, Showcraft, Mama,
The Man Smiles
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