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An Evening with David Cassidy and Davy Jones

Updated on April 24, 2009

1970s Pop Idols pay a visit to Chicago

The date: March 28, 2009. The Place: Rosemont Theater

David Cassidy and Davy Jones prepare to take the stage. Maybe not newsworthy for some, but ask any woman in her 40's and she'll likely admit to a heart stopping crush on one or both of these lads back in the early 70's.

David Cassidy was the pin up sensation that played eldest son Keith Partridge on the 1970's show "The Partridge Family". He then rose to even greater heights as a solo recording artist. Mega hit songs like "I Think I Love You" and "Come on Get Happy" earned Cassidy high marks from crazed girls at sold-out concerts all over America. His fan club was the largest in history..even larger than Elvis Presley's.

Davy Jones emerged in the late 1960's and was the biggest British export since the Beatles. As the star and lead singer of "The Monkees", he inspired the same amount of girl-frenzy as Cassidy. His cockney accent and boyish good looks escalated him to the top of the pop charts, and straight into the hearts of young girls everywhere. The Monkees' records out sold the Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined from 1965 through 1970.

Collectively, Cassidy and Jones have sold over 100 million records.

Now they're touring together, and their faithful fans have followed.

So imagine the buzz at the Rosemont Theater just moments before the show. The crowd is filled with women eagerly awaiting a chance to see their once-upon-a-time idols. As the lights dim and the curtains raise, the audience stands by, ready to embark on a nostalgic musical journey.

"Please put your hands together for the greatest tambourine player in the world". The introduction invokes a loud cheer as Jones opens the show with a crowd pleasing rendition of "I'm a Believer". His fans came out for a dose of classic Davy Jones and he delivered - superbly. His vocals on "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Valleri", and "Girl" were astonishingly reminiscent of early performances, and inspired the same level of excitement.He broke out the tambourine for "Last Train to Clarksville" and shook is maracas to "(I'm not Your) Steppin' Stone". Next was a song dedicated to his loyal fans for their support over the years. "You're my first love, my last love, my forever", he crooned. A heartfelt tribute to an audience he was clearly glad to reunite with, and the feeling was mutual.

Enter David Cassidy, as the intro to "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" vibrates through the theater. "Hello Chicago", he says, "I want to take you all on a little journey tonight...", but instead of treating the audience to a performance of songs from his vast catalogue of hits, Cassidy opts to mix it up. "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers was his second song choice followed by an unidentified Jim Hendrix - style number. It contained a respectable guitar solo by Cassidy, but it left his fans a bit confused. Some technical difficulties followed while in the middle of "I'll Meet You Halfway", causing him obvious frustration. In addition, a handful of songs including "Echo Valley 26809", "Come on Get Happy" and "Cherish", were all performed disparagingly unlike the original recordings, which appeared to take the audience off guard. It left many wondering if this was the David Cassidy they came to see. Despite that, Cassidy's vocals were solid and he managed to express genuine appreciation for fans that remained loyal throughout his 37 year career. He dedicated his last and most memorable song, "I Think I Love You", to them. Many would speculate that Cassidy's show was a bit self indulgent (as indicated by some early departures), while others would argue that he was attempting to introduce fans to a broader range of his musical talent.

Either way, a reunion it was, for both of these pop icons and their long-standing admirers. The combination of classic songs and fond memories made the evening seem worthy of the price of admission, turning a cold night in Chicago into a warm welcoming blast from the past.


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      jolenewipf 6 years ago

      Since Davy died, I am have been scouring YouTube for videos of Davy to see how he was doing before he died. I found a clip of David Cassidy and Davy Jone singing together and I really enjoyed that clip. Thanks for sharing the whole story of that night.

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      spiritedstar25 8 years ago from Between an ending and the start of something great

      I didnt even know David Cassidy still toured!!! I'm super jealous. I would have loved to see him live

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Years ago now, there was a car show in Dallas that had star attractions William Shattner (for the guys) and Mickey Dolenz (for the ladies).  We got to meet both of them.  William Shattner was very personable and looked you in the eye as he shook your hand warmly.  He seemed quite genuine.  Mickey, on the other hand was distracted by teenagers to the side of the stage.  He had young assistants putting the "to whoever" on your autographed picture so that all he had to do was add his signature.  I felt sort of cheated.  He briefly looked at you, without speaking and signed the picture and handed it back to you while already grabbing the next one.

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      Jennifer Maurer 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for your comments JamaGenee (and MauKat). Without being too hard on Cassidy, that was precisely the feeling in the theater. We all came for that nostalgic trip down memory lane and felt like he disregarded that. Those old songs were his bread and butter back then, and it made him a wealthy man. As an homage to the people who brought him that status by buying his records and attending his concerts, we felt deserving of an original performance. It was disappointing and a lot of people felt let down. But as a side note, he still looks great (kinda miss the long "shag" haircut!) and his voice sounded very good. There was one moment during the show when he briefly allowed himself to drift into the character of "Keith Partridge". He put his hands in his front pockets, shrugged his shoulders and gave a grin that stopped your heart. I don't know if many people caught it,but I did. And it made the absence of that persona more obvious. It was nice to see him for just a moment though.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      I was wondering what had happened to David Cassidy

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I think it's hard to be a mega-star who got that way by doing a few songs a certain way, because years later that's all fans expect to hear at a live concert. Yes, DC would want to do different arrangements, but that's not concert-goers paid the big bucks for.  They paid for a trip down Memory Lane, and naturally were disappointed when they didn't get it.

      The group Kansas once did a live concert where Steven Tyler insisted on not only doing different arrangements of standards, but songs from a new album.  Acted totally miffed that the band *had* to do "Carry On" *again*.  At the end of the first set, the former lead guitarist (can't believe I forgot his name) came on and did several songs that got standing ovations.  As soon as he left the stage, half the audience walked out.  They got what they came for!

      But if DC looks even half as good now as he did in the 70's, I wouldn't care if he didn't sing a note.  It'd be worth the price of the ticket just to see that gorgeous piece of eye candy do nothing! ;D

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      MauKat 8 years ago from USA

      Nice hub, I do remember my teenage crush on David Cassidy!

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      Jennifer Maurer 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Yes, I definately would have ran over there and "lent" him mine!

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      J. Tully 8 years ago from Washington (the state)

      I actually saw Davy Jones years ago when I went on a trip to Vegas. This hotel staff girl wouldn't let him into the pool area without a hotel passkey. I couldn't believe she had no idea who he was!

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      Joanna McKenna 9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Talk about a trip down memory lane!