Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David's Pretty Certain He Loves Us

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David's Pretty Certain He Loves Us

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Byline: By Daniel Thomson

70s teen idol David Cassidy returns to the North this week to perform with a host of former pop icons. Daniel Thomson caught up with the star of The Partridge Family.

It is no wonder that David Cassidy is looking forward to returning to Newcastle. The last time he was in the city he was showered with underwear and flowers.

And there is no reason to suspect that this time will be any different ( because that is what life is like when you have sold 25m records worldwide.

On Wednesday, David will be sharing the limelight with fellow 70s teen idols The Osmonds, The Bay City Rollers and David Essex in an all-star concert at the Metro Radio Arena.

So there's a fair chance the stage will resemble a ransacked lingerie department by the time the lights come up at the end.

But regardless of the prospect of raining underwear, David says the tour is going to be an extra special one for him, because it will be his last outside the US.

"It will be very emotional, but I am really excited about it at the same time," he says.

"It was a hard decision, but I made a promise to my 13-year-old son, Beau, never to leave the country for months at a time again and I intend to keep it.

"I've spent more than 30 years touring all over the world and I can't do that to my son or my wife any more."

But he said: "I've never lost the hunger and love performing in front of the fans as much now as I did when I first started ( and the fans in the UK are among my most loyal and appreciative."

David's long and colourful career began when he was cast in US TV sensation The Partridge Family, which began in 1970 and made him an international star.

By the end of that year, his face was gracing the cover of every teen magazine in the world and over the next five years his fan club became the largest in history ( bigger than those of Elvis or The Beatles.

He became the first celebrity to have his image merchandised globally on lunch boxes and clothes and had a string of hits ( remember I think I love You and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.

Throughout the 80s and 90s he starred in stage and screen productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Blood Brothers and The Rat Pack Are Back, which he co-wrote and directed. …

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