News Articles - David's Australian Tour 2002
Ticking off from David
Thursday, September 19, 2002
Pictures Jessica Lee
A generous fan of '70s pin-up David Cassidy has learnt a valuable lesson - in the post-September 11 security crackdown, it's probably best not to give a visiting American star a wrapped parcel, especially when it's ticking.
Melbourne man Michael Valiante was among a small group of older fans waiting at Melbourne airport for their idol, who arrived with back-up singers Lisa Mayer and Candace Davis-Martin, on Tuesday night.
Michael approached Cassidy bearing a gift-wrapped present for the former Partridge Family star.
Thanks, but no thanks, was the firm response from Cassidy, who said security issues meant he would not accept the gift.
But the singer did ask Valiante if he would open the gift - a metal clock in the shape of Australia - for him, and promptly signed it as a momento for his fan.
Cassidy's promo visit is his first to melbourne in 27 years - the last one was at the height of his pop fame.
His next trip here won't take quite as long - he's heading back to Melbourne to play at the Vodafone Arena on November 11 as part of his Aussie tour.
We hear he'll be squeezing in some spring racing fun, with the VRC inviting him to be a VIP guest at the Melbourne Cup after his comments on Monday night's episode of The Fat, where he said he would love to attend the renowned race day.