OUT, BUT NOT FOR THE COUNT

Dan mccaf­ferty might no longer be in nazareth, but he’s still record­ing.

Classic Rock - - Nazareth -

Since his en­forced re­tire­ment from Nazareth, Dan McCaf­ferty has made a hand­ful of short on-stage ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing a per­for­mance of This Flight Tonight ac­com­pa­nied by an orches­tra at last year’s Swe­den Rock Festival.

Lay­ing down a solo al­bum of his own in the room next door, McCaf­ferty was an oc­ca­sional vis­i­tor to the stu­dio as the new-look Nazareth recorded Tat­tooed On My Brain. Al­though the singer says it was “a rather bit­ter­sweet ex­pe­ri­ence”, he was “very, very im­pressed” by the mu­sic his old friends were mak­ing with Carl Sen­tance.

McCaf­ferty has at­tended sev­eral Nazareth shows, but re­sists the temp­ta­tion of a guest ap­pear­ance. “That would be like some­one’s ex-wife turn­ing up at a wed­ding,” he says, laugh­ing. “My time in Nazareth is over.

“I’m call­ing my al­bum The Last Tes­ta­ment, which of course it might well be,” the 71-yearold re­veals. “Pete [Agnew] is on a cover of Sun­shine [from Nazareth’s 1974 al­bum Ram­pant], but it has some very dif­fer­ent ideas be­cause, frankly, the thought of mak­ing a son-of-Nazareth al­bum ter­ri­fied me.”

Dan McCaf­ferty in full flow in ’75.

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