Yusuf Islam (Formerly Cat Stevens) Announces First North American Shows in 35 Years
Legendary ’70s singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name Yusuf Islam, has a new album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, dropping on October 27. In support of it he’s launching a world tour for this November and December, which includes his first shows in North America in over thirty years. Islam will kick the tour off at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London on November 4. From there, it’s on to shows throughout Europe, including Brussels, Paris, and Germany. He’ll land this side of the Atlantic to play Massey Hall in Toronto on December 1 and then head on to shows in Boston and New York. After playing the Chicago Theatre on December 9, Islam will move on the West Coast to perform at San Francisco’s the Masonic on December 12 and then close out the tour at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on December 14.
Born Steven Demetre Georgiou, Cat Stevens (a stage name he adopted early in his career) came up through the London coffeehouse scene and became famous for his mix of acoustic folk sound and soulful poetic lyrics. His breakthrough album, Tea for the Tillerman, and its follow-up, Teaser and the Firecat, both went on to triple platinum status. In 1978 Stevens converted to Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam and embarking on a decades-long hiatus from music. He slowly returned to music, first with Islamic-focused children’s music in 2000 and in 2005 began writing more mainstream songs and performing from his original catalogue of Cat Stevens Songs. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone will be Islam’s first album in five years.