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    Last night we attended a performance called "Peace Train - The Cat Stevens Story" featuring Darren Coggan.
    What a surprise.
    I had never heard of Darren and went along hoping for a reasonably competent "tribute" performance of the music of one of my favourite musicians.
    What we got exceeded all expectations by a huge margin.
    Darren does a version with a backing band and one for smaller venues dubbed "The Acoustic performance". This was the one we saw and it was Darren, his 3 guitars, and a (talented) pianist.
    I really couldn't imagine how the full band version could be any better.
    He has a beautiful voice, sounds exactly like 'The Cat', plays guitar like a virtuoso, and sings and relates the Cat Stevens story with enormous passion.
    The guitar work is a masterpiece on it's own, and the piano contributes at exactly the right places with exactly the right amount of presence.
    I have seen a few bands and a few 'tribute performers' in my time but never anything like this.
    Having all the Cat Stevens albums and playing them regularly, I could not fault his interpretation, and to get such an authentic sound with such minimal support was amazing.
    Has anyone else seen this performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Having all the Cat Stevens albums and playing them regularly, I could not fault his interpretation, and to get such an authentic sound with such minimal support was amazing.
    Including this one?: The Life of the Last Prophet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Has anyone else seen this performance?
    Nope. Wasn't aware of it until now.
    Worth mentioning that Australia has some of the biggest tribute acts including Bjorn again (Abba),The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Kisstroyer, Mark Anthony (Elvis), John Waters (Lennon), etc

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    Thanks for the interesting reference flynnaus - hadn't heard of that one (don't think I want to)
    I was not so enthusiastic about the post-1978 albums, and if I'm honest, Numbers, Izitso & Back to Earth either.
    I think there's a point in the professional life of a musician where (at least from a commercial point of view) their best work has been done, and subsequent work becomes more personally meaningful (I won't say self-indulgent) and perhaps less attractive to the general public.

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    I think there's a point in the professional life of a musician where (at least from a commercial point of view) their best work has been done, and subsequent work becomes more personally meaningful (I won't say self-indulgent) and perhaps less attractive to the general public.


    You're right about that.
    I was big on Cat Stevens in his heyday. Awakened by Lady D'Arbanville and the Father and Son, owned and played Tea for the Tillerman to death, enjoyed Teaser and the Firecat up to the point where it was over played; you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing Morning has Broken or Moonshadow. I lost enthusiasm and so did everyone else as he didn't have any more hits (except perhaps for the minor one, Oh Very Young)

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    I thought "Catch Bull at Four", "Foreigner", and "Buddah and the Chocolate Box" were all very rewarding albums, although to my taste, not as good as the first 4 which I thought were outstanding.
    Darren Coggan carefully selects songs that fit in with his narrative of Cat Stevens musical journey and covers most of the big favourites, so nobody goes home disappointed.
    He has delivered the "Peace Train" concert at major venues in all the capital cities and extensively toured the country areas as well including places like Port Hedland, Darwin, Cairns, Proserpine, Townsville and Rockhampton.
    The web page gives a clear indication of how the show is received.
    I think I could say with confidence that no Cat Stevens fan (or any true music lover) would be untouched by the passion and respect with which the material is delivered.

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    Can't say I became or remained a fan but Cat Stevens was the first live performance I went to.....

    as a 9 or 10 year old (??) , winning tickets, with one of my sisters, to his televised concert at a tv station in Orange NSW.

    Sometime around, 69 or 70??

    Some eternally classic music tho'.

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    I was (& still am) a big fan of cat Stevens... until he decided to change religion. His comments around that time seemed, at best, hypocritical. If you're going to make your fortune from a particular way of life, then turn around and condemn it, surely giving away your wealth should be a part of that condemnation...? Brings to mind Peter Garrett, doncha think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
    If you're going to make your fortune from a particular way of life, then turn around and condemn it, surely giving away your wealth should be a part of that condemnation...?
    ..and he has done just that. FWIW, he didn't condemn his previous life as a pop star; just found some aspects compromised his Islamic beliefs.e.g, Wikipedia (also read the following section for his comments and philanthropy about the 911 attacks.

    Also his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/YusufCatStevens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Has anyone else seen this performance?
    I saw this show about 12 months ago in Cessnock (Hunter Valley NSW) and totally agree with your views.
    Darren Goggan delivers a world class performance and if you close your eyes (as I did occasionally) you'd swear it was "The Cat" on stage!
    If he comes around here again, I'll be there again.

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    When Cat became Yusaf he was under the impression that his new religion required him to give up music.
    He appears to have been well and truly 'over' the rock-star lifestyle by then and something I read suggested he may have felt that he had said pretty much all he wanted to say - at least commercially, at that time.
    He still writes music and seems to perform selectively as it suits him.
    From what I can see, he seems to live his life according to his beliefs and consistently counsels against extremism and violence in any belief system.
    Regardless of what he has done with his life he has provided a legacy of great popular music that continues to inspire new generations of music lovers.
    The "Peace Train" show was a reminder of the quality of the legacy.



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