Monday, June 17, 2024

As We Said: Cat Stevens Among Rally Artists


Not to be mean. But I told you on October 14th that Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, Mavis Staples, and Jeff Tweedy from Wilco would likely be the performers at Colbert-Stewart rally in Washington, DC.

Immediately, someone from Comedy Central called to insist I was wrong, and that no one had been selected. Boo hoo.

Gawker says today they were surprised that Cat Stevens made an appearance. I wasn’t. Neither were the Showbiz411 readers.

Also on today’s bill were Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, and Kid Rock.

Back on the 13th I was told that the gang also wanted Elvis Costello. Unfortunately, he was booked. They also wanted Toby Keith.

Stick with me, kids.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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