A very honest, no area out-of-bounds interview, even when I probe about being the first pop star to be bust for drugs – 1966, arrested for possession of cannabis. “A set up,” says Donovan, filling me in on the whole “not quite all as it seemed” background story.
We begin though, with the preview of his 70th birthday bash at The Palladium on May 6. He has played the Palladium before, as part of the Royal Variety show for the Queen. For his birthday party gig, Donovan will be joined by ex-Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson, a drummer, pianist and a special guest female singer.
Married to Linda since 1970, Donovan has two children from a previous relationship, BEST ALBUM COVERS FUNNY two with his wife, and a step son Julian Brian, Linda’s child with the late Rolling Stone Brian Jones. Linda and Donovan have five grandchildren.
For the last eight years, they have made their home in County Cork, Ireland and a property in Majorca.