News Articles - David's Australian Tour 2002
Cassidy at 52 still thinks he loves you
By: Janet Fife-Yeomans
The Australian, Edition 1
Wednesday 18th September 2002
IT'S become his theme song and, 32 years after it was released, David Cassidy says he still never gets tired of singing "I think I love you".
"Unlike a lot of artists who come through year after year after year, I have not been around flogging these songs, I've been doing lots of other different work," said Cassidy in Sydney yesterday.
He has resurrected favourites such as Cherish and One of Those Nights, which have done time in the record collections of most women aged between 38 and 45, and he's taking them back out on tour.
He also has redone them &ndash with the original musicians in the original recording studio of 30 years ago &ndash for a new album, Then and Now.
Cassidy is in the middle of his first US tour for 10 years and has done two tours of Britain, his first for 15 years.
Now he's in Australia to promote his November tour, his first here in 28 years. This time he is riding up the front of the car instead of locked in the boot for his own safety, as he was in 1974 in the middle of those crazy years when he was the biggest star in the world, with a fan club bigger than Elvis and The Beatles.
The fans are still there but they are much more sedate, he says. Don't believe it. He may be 52 but the power of his appeal has not waned.
Rock historian Glenn A. Baker said that unlike other teen idols, Cassidy had stood the test of time because he had survived "on his own terms".
After a period in the wilderness, when he distanced himself from the bubblegum Partridge Family days, Cassidy came back in the late 80s with a series of stage roles.
He worked hard to prove his early success was not a fluke, he said."I tried not to compete with my fame or my image but to do work I wanted to do."
The Downunder David Cassidy Fansite thanks Janet Fife-Yeomans for the priviledge of putting up this article.