April 16, 2012, Clearwater, FL - Best known for his hit album Year of the Cat, Al Stewart brings his latest tour to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 21 at noon.
Al Stewart's gifts as a singer and songwriter have matured and ripened over the course of his musical career, stretching from the early '60s to the present. Al's first album, Bedsitter Images, was released in England in 1967 and was followed by 1969's Love Chronicles, which featured Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Richard Thompson on lead guitars. After several more albums written in autobiographical mode, Stewart shifted his lyrical gaze outward, into history, literature and current events, an approach debuted on 1973's Past, Present & Future. The follow-up, Modern Times, cracked the US Top 40 album charts in 1975 and drew Al and his backing band to the States for a full length tour.
With groundwork laid and touring dues paid, Stewart's next album exploded in America: Year of the Cat, released in 1976, spawned two Top 20 hits Year of the Cat and On the Border, and itself became a million-selling record. After Stewart relocated to California his next album, 1978's Time Passages, repeated the success of its predecessor, selling another million copies and spinning off the Top 10 title track and Top 30 single, Song on the Radio. Stewart has continued to tour and record over the past decades, most recently releasing Uncorcked a live album in 2009 with award-winning folk singer-songwriter Dave Nachmanoff.
Reserved tickets priced at $37.00 and $29.00 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.atthecap.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm and one hour prior to showtime. The Capitol Theatre ticket office opens one hour before show time.
The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the intimate Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater's beautiful Cleveland Street. Constructed and established in 1921, this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida. In 2009, the Clearwater City Council designated the Capitol Theatre a historical landmark. This is the first such designation by the city. Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre are501(c)(3)not-for-profit organizations.