1970's teen heartthrob-turned major TV producer, Shaun Cassidy played his first show in nearly 40 years on Friday night (May 17th) in Buellton, California's Standing Sun Wines. Cassidy, who was the younger brother of the late-David Cassidy, is currently in the midst of a multi-year overall deal with NBC/Universal television, and serves as a consulting producer on NBC's hit hospital drama New Amsterdam.
Cassidy's gig, which is the first of six comeback shows, served as a mini-biographical production, with Cassidy telling some heartfelt and humorous stories about his life, family, and career. Highlights included Cassidy's '70s hit covers of Eric Carmen's “Hey Deannie,” “That’s Rock N’ Roll,” the Lovin' Spoonful's “Do You Believe In Magic,” a tribute to brother David on the Partridge Family classic “I'll Meet You Halfway,” and featuring signature covers of the Ronettes' “Be My Baby,” Brian Wilson's “It's Like Heaven,” and the Who's “So Sad About Us.”
Shortly before his death 2017, David Cassidy was asked whether after suffering the complete loss of his private life after becoming a teen idol, he ever tried to discourage Shaun from following in his footsteps: “No, because I knew him and at the time — like most 16-year-olds — he wanted it because he lived in my shadow as a kid teenager growing up. And, y'know, when your big brother is like, 'The Guy,' you wanna be like him. And it took him about six weeks before he realized (laughs) he didn't wanna do it.”