Starr qual­ity for Stevens

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya Macnaughton

IT was one of those nights that singer-song­writer Jon Stevens will never for­get.

Hav­ing hit the jack­pot to work with Dave Stewart (Eury­th­mics) on new al­bum Starlight, he found him­self in­vited to Stewart’s house where he met fel­low din­ner guest Ringo Starr.

“It was just one of those things in a very in­for­mal en­vi­ron­ment with about six of us there; we ate din­ner, got the gui­tars out and started singing songs and telling jokes,” Stevens said.

“From that night, Ringo played drums on my song One Way Street; I’m still in awe of hav­ing worked with him.

“He’s still tour­ing and was in the mid­dle of a tour when we did the drums at his house in LA.

“He said to me ‘No­body asks me to play drums on their records’. I guess ev­ery­one’s just scared but he’s such a won­der­ful man.”

Stevens, now a dot­ing grand­fa­ther of two, re­leased Starlight in March and is cel­e­brat­ing by tour­ing Aus­tralia with long­time friend Kate Ceberano.

He said he first met Ceberano in Bris­bane in 1987 and was im­me­di­ately struck by her vi­va­cious na­ture and big smile.

The pair went on to star in the 1992 mu­si­cal Je­sus Christ Su­per­star and have per­formed to­gether on and off since.

“She’s just a great woman; ev­ery­one loves her and what you see is what you get,” Stevens said.

“Be­fore the tour started it had been about three years since we’d sung to­gether.”

Stevens said Ceberano’s brother Phil kicked off the con­cert be­fore be­ing joined by his sis­ter.

Stevens fol­lows with his Starlight songs and other hits be­fore the trio fin­ish with num­bers from Je­sus Christ Su­per­star and other favourites.

“I’m the youngest of 11 chil­dren, so it’s al­ways been the more the mer­rier for me,” Stevens said.

“With Kate and Phil, it’s like a big fam­ily.”

Jon Stevens

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