Darren Coggan remember's the days of Cat Stevens with 2017 tour
1976: IT'S the era of angry young men and British writers, actors and singers, changing the way that society looks at youth.
Hair gets longer, dresses get shorter, four young lads from Liverpool are leading the vanguard of a musical and cultural revolution, and in the summer of love, you can't turn on a radio without hearing the hip sounds of a fresh new artist by the name of Cat Stevens.
Fifty years ago, Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star.
Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything.
He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But he wanted more out of life.
So at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more.
Darren Coggan celebrates 50 years of Cat Stevens as he presents Peace Train 'Remember The Days' a tribute to Cat Stevens throughout 2017.
The show will be held at The Pilbeam Theatre on March 10.
"We take our audience on that same journey of self-discovery that Cat went on and try to answer the question as to, why did he leave the music industry?” Darren said.
"I had the privilege of being invited to London to meet with the great Cat Stevens in 2007 and I heard first hand, some of the many anecdotes and stories that we share with the audience throughout the performance.”
Peace Train is a night of music and story-telling which will strike a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who longs for something more, a journey back in time, recreating the sights and sounds, seeking out the man in the music and telling the story behind the songs.
Hear twenty-five hits sung with remarkable authenticity by one of Australia's most exciting artists.
Darren Coggan takes the audience on a ride of discovery, back through the joys and the sorrows, the triumphs and the pain, in a celebration of the life of one of the most inspiring and prolific singer songwriters of our time, Cat Stevens.
"Cat Stevens defined a generation with songs that the whole world sang along with and fifty years later his messages of peace, tolerance and understanding are still just as relevant as when they were first written, perhaps even more so,” Darren explained.
"These timeless songs including Moonshadow, Wild World, Peace Train, Where Do the Children Play, Father and Son, Morning Has Broken and many more, continue to unite the world, bringing people together in the name of love and peace.
"Our audiences obviously come expecting to hear those timeless songs of Cat Stevens, but I think they walk away with so much more, a real insight and understanding of who he was.
"It's a very positive, uplifting show; with the underlying theme being that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives should we not be content.”
Since its debut performance in Darren's hometown of Wagga Wagga at the Civic Theatre back in 2008, Darren Coggan's Peace Train has gone on to inspire many others, playing to standing ovations in the most prestigious venues in Australia including The Sydney Opera House.
Darren has toured extensively with stage shows Grease - The Mega Musical, Happy Days - The Arena Mega Musical, and Shout - The Musical Of The Wild One.
He has appeared regularly on TV, including several guest appearances on Channel 7's All Saints and currently is a presenter on Sydney Weekender. He has also been awarded two Golden Guitar awards at the CMAA Country Music Awards in 2001 and 2008.