Folk-pop singer-songwriter Al Stewart never forgets his first concert in the United States, which happened to be in Boston. “It was 1974 and I was open for Helen Reddy,” he recalled in a recent telephone interview from his home in Los Angeles. “At that time, literally no one in the United States had heard of me, but of course the album” Past Present and Future “with historic songs had some success in the UK. I was playing theater and things in England and it worked pretty well and I thought, “Well, I’m going to do the same for the Helen Reddy audience.” They were not ready for an eight-minute song about the Russian invasion, and even a ten-minute song about the prophecies of Nostradamus. They were staring at me completely in silence. So I think they hated it.It was a disaster … but when I came back [to Boston], I opened for Hall & Oats, and it’s much better. And a musician who surpassed the music charts with hits such as “Year of the Cat” (1976) and “Time Passage” (1978), now at the age of 76, the situation continues to improve. .. Known for his melodic and cerebral songs, based on historical events and rich in literary references, Stewart returned to New England on April 22 with his band, The Empty Pockets, at Natick’s Center for the Arts. I will co-star. .. A Scottish-born musician who grew up in England said he was looking forward to playing here. He is convinced that he will not encounter a pure white gaze from the audience when he looks up the catalog of historic songs. A long one. He told the father of two adult daughters living in Los Angeles about the whole trip with his wife Jill (nurse).

What is your favorite vacation destination? LA house. Because I travel a lot to make a living.I play 70 or 80 shows a year [except for during COVID] And there are many trips to do gigs — and not just in the United States, but around the world. I’m probably wrong to talk about vacation. Because I really don’t like vacation.

What is your favorite food or drink during your vacation? Kir Royale (French champagne cocktail) at Ritz in Paris. I have a habit of having Kir Royale wherever I go. I don’t usually drink it, but it seems that I need a pink champagne cocktail on holidays, so I tried it all over the world. The best I’ve ever had is Ritz on the Place Vendome. In Paris — probably because the sense of history is overwhelming. Everyone stayed at the hotel. Of course, it was the last place Princess Diana stayed, but before that, there were Marlene Dietrich and Robert Capa, who hung out a lot during the war and took pictures of the Normandy landing operation.In fact, Hermann Goering’s [leader of the Luftwaffe and Hitler’s right-hand man] Headquarters for a while. Marcel Proust also lived there.

Where do you want to travel, but haven’t you? I would like to do a river cruise in France.

What items can’t leave the house while traveling? My backrest.

Aisle or window? The aisle is simply because it’s easy to get to the toilet. You don’t have to trip over the person sitting next to you. But I’m completely happy sitting by the window.

What are your favorite children’s travel memories? Whenever I leave school. Some people shouldn’t go to school for formal education, and I think most artists are having a terrible time at school. [like] algebra. It’s there to give you a sense of discipline, and of course as an artist, it’s the last thing you want. Whenever they let me out of the boarding school — and I was there for months at a time — I took the train to get home at the end of the semester and sighed with relief. ..

Guilty joy while traveling? Room service. [I like to] Start your day with tea.

Best Travel Tips? Bring a lot of shirts. When you’re on a tour, you’ll have a show and move on to the next town. In fact, washing is very complicated. When traveling, all you need is a clean shirt. When planning a tour, one of the things I do is to see what the holidays are and to see if there is laundry as I need to plan ahead.