by PAUL CASHMERE on MAY 28, 2019
Shaun Cassidy has just played his first show in 40 years. Cassidy, the younger brother of David Cassidy, played a show for 100 people at Standing Sun Winery in Santa Barbara Country.
The show may have gone unnoticed if not for Amy Bonaduce, the wife of Danny Bonaduce, who was in the audience. She posted on her blog He’s a longtime friend of Danny’s, so I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a handful of times — by no means does that mean I’m unfazed by his presence. We showed up early to say hello before the show and watched as he greeted other fans whose dreams were coming true right before our eyes. Shaun was gracious and generous with his time. It’s like you always want to believe that your favorite stars are kind and I’m here to tell you, that he actually is.
According to Amy, Shaun paid tribute to his late brother David performing The Partridge Family hit ‘I’ll Meet You Halfway’ as well as ‘Tell Me Its Not True’ from Blood Brothers, the show he and David starred in together.
Shaun’s previous show on 2 September 1979 in Portland, Maine.
Shaun Cassidy turned 60 on 27 September 1958. He was eight years younger than his half brother David Cassidy who died in 2017. David and Shaun shared father Jack Cassidy. Shaun’s mother is Partridge Family matriarch, Shirley Jones.
Shaun had a brief run as a pop star in the late 70s generating three Top 10 hits ‘Da Doo Run Run’, ‘That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and ‘Hey Deanie’.
Shaun’s pop audience fell away with the release of his 1980 album ‘Wasp’, produced by Todd Rundgren and featuring Rundgren’s band Utopia as his backing band. The album featured covers of Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’, Ian Hunter’s ‘Once Bitter Twice Shy’ and The Who’s ‘So Sad About Us’.
In the 80s Shaun concentrated on acting and directing. He appeared in ‘Blood Brothers’ with his brother David and created the television series ‘American Gothic’, the show that launched the career of NCIS New Orleans star Lucas Black.