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Yusuf / Cat Stevens – 50 Year Anniversary Tour

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TEG DAINTY and Live Nation in association with Moonshadow Aus Pty announced today that British singer-songwriting legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Yusuf / Cat StevensYUSUF / CAT STEVENS – 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

TEG DAINTY and Live Nation in association with Moonshadow Aus Pty announced today that British singer-songwriting legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Yusuf / Cat Stevens

will tour New Zealand in December. A Cat’s Attic “Peace Train Tour” commemorates the 50th Anniversary of his first major hit single and debut album Matthew & Son released in 1967.

Last here in 2010 for two rapturously received and sold-out arena concerts, Yusuf / Cat Stevens returns to perform two arena shows and one huge outdoor concert for this,

only his second ever tour of NZ.

The tour will commence on Wednesday 13 December at Auckland’s Vector Arena and will travel to New Plymouth’s TSB Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday 16 December

and finishes at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Tuesday 19 December.

With this tour announcement, Yusuf / Cat Stevens is giving his current RedRoom fan club members the first chance at purchasing tickets.

The fan club pre-sale will run from 9am Monday 3 April (local time) to 9am Tuesday 4 April (local time).

To learn more about the RedRoom visit www.catstevens.com.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 5 April through Ticketmaster and Ticketek. Details below.

Having first found fame as a teenager in 1960s England, Cat Stevens grew from being a teen idol into becoming one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. In addition to his vast musical achievements, his lifelong spiritual quest and search for meaning has added intrigue and depth to a groundbreaking career.

Cat achieved early success in the mid 60s with “Matthew and Son”, “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest”. In 1968 the heavy workload of non-stop appearances and touring, the excesses of a pop-star lifestyle took its toll and Cat contracted TB. He was hospitalised for several months and began a significant process of inner reflection and meditation. During this time Stevens began to question aspects of his life and spirituality and underwent a profound musical transformation. From 1970 to 1978 he recorded and released the albums that would establish him as a leading singer-songwriter of his generation.

His album, Tea for the Tillerman, from 1970, went multi-platinum in the U.S. and Australasia with such songs as “Wild World”,Hard Headed Woman”, “Where Do the Children Play?” and “Father & Son”. It was Teaser and the Firecat in 1971 that made him a megastar, with songs like “Morning Has Broken”, “Peace Train” and “Moonshadow”. In 1975 Cat experienced another momentous and life-changing event after nearly drowning in the Pacific Ocean. Following this he dedicated himself to the Divine path, and on leaving music he concentrated on education and humanitarian relief.

The tragic events of 9/11 motivated Yusuf to, once again, take to the global stage. He spoke out in the media against the atrocities, against fanaticism and war, and called for peace and unity. In 2006 Yusuf returned to mainstream music with the album An Other Cup, which was followed in 2009 by Roadsinger. 2014 was another monumental year for Yusuf, as he released his fourteenth studio album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is currently working on a children’s animation series and writing his autobiography, which is expected to surface next year.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens toured New Zealand in 2010 for the first time ever, and the shows had the critics raving:

“…Wild World, Where Do the Children Play?, Moonshadow and Father and Son were delivered in heartfelt style and brought the audience to its feet for multiple encores.” The NZ Herald

“…it’s great to have him back…singing songs whose beauty is often their sheer simplicity…this was like catching up with an old friend.” Newshub

“Peace Train…struck a chord with everyone jammed into Vector Arena…picking up the pace to finish off a joyous night.” www.stuff.co.nz

This 50th Anniversary Tour is going to be an unmissable night for fans.

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES

AUCKLAND: Wednesday 13 December – Vector Arena – www.ticketmaster.co.nz

NEW PLYMOUTH: Saturday 16 December – TSB Bowl of Brooklands – www.ticketek.co.nz

CHRISTCHURCH: Tuesday 19 December – Horncastle Arena – www.ticketek.co.nz

General Public on sale: 10am on Wednesday 5 April

Do not buy from unauthorised resale scalper websites. You risk buying invalid or fraudulent tickets.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens:

Cat Stevens grew from being a heartthrob idol of the 1960s into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. In addition to his vast musical achievements, his lifelong spiritual quest and search for meaning has added intrigue and depth to a groundbreaking career.

Cat achieved early success in the mid 60s with “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew and Son”. A prolific songwriter, he wrote songs such as “Here Comes My Baby” and “The First Cut Is The Deepest” for other artists; the latter, in particular, would go on to become an international hit on multiple occasions for a whole host of singers.

In 1968 the heavy workload of touring, media commitments, and the perks of a pop-star lifestyle took its toll and Cat contracted a potentially fatal bout of tuberculosis. He was hospitalised for several months and began a significant process of inner reflection and meditation.

Following his recovery, and with a new perspective on the world, Cat underwent a profound musical transformation. He started to write profoundly powerful and intimate songs and made fundamental changes to his lifestyle and sound. His lyrics gained a subtlety and intuitive edge, and in his private life he began to explore spiritual paths.

The period of 1970 to 1974 would see Cat Stevens ascend into the upper stratosphere of musical superstardom. His 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman, which went gold in the U.S, contained the classics ‘Wild World’, ‘Hard Headed Woman’, ‘Where Do the Children Play?’, and ‘Father & Son’. However, it was unquestionably 1971’s Teaser and the Firecat that made Cat a true megastar. Songs such as ‘Morning Has Broken’, ‘Peace Train’ and ‘Moonshadow’ resonated with audiences worldwide and were embraced by a generation as anthems of peace and unity.

In 1975 Cat experienced another momentous and life-changing event. Whilst swimming in the Pacific Ocean off Malibu he began to be swept out to sea. Fearing imminent death he made a prayer to God, which was instantly answered; a wave delivered him to the shore and safety. A sequence of events was set in motion and, after receiving a copy of the Koran from his brother,

Cat came upon the story of Joseph in the Koran and felt a powerful affinity with the journey of Joseph. He embraced Islam in 1977 becoming Yusuf Islam in 1978. He then amazed the world by walking away from fame and his career as a music star, to start a family and dedicate himself to charitable work.

“I wasn’t too worried about what people thought, people would get to understand, gradually, I said to myself. After all, everybody knew I was ‘on the road to find out.”

After marrying and having children, Yusuf became heavily involved with education and humanitarian relief. He helped to found the Muslim Aid charity and participated directly in their early initiatives throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. In addition, he founded a Muslim primary school in North London in 1983. Following years of ceaseless campaigning, in 1998 the school was awarded grant–maintained status by the British government, an historic first in the UK.

In the mid 1990s Yusuf also began producing educational recordings on his own label, Mountain of Light, beginning with The Life of the Last Prophet. From 2000 he concentrated on albums for a younger audience and produced some of the most popular CDs for children in the Muslim world including A is for Allah and I Look I See.

The tragic events of 9/11 motivated Yusuf to, once again, take to the global stage. He spoke out in the media against the atrocities, against fanaticism and war, and called for peace and unity. He began to perform some of his old repertoire again, notably ‘Peace Train’ on account of its message.

In 2003 Yusuf received the ‘World Social Award’ in Germany from an International World Awards Jury for “dedicating his life to aiding the needy and the ill.” And in 2004 he was presented with the Man of Peace award, by Mikhail Gorbachev on behalf of a committee of Nobel peace laureates for having worked to “alleviate the suffering of thousands of children and their parents and dedicating himself to promoting peace, reconciling people and the condemnation of terrorism.”

Yusuf’s full return to music making came in 2006 with the release of An Other Cup. The album was enthusiastically received, delighting audiences who had dreamt of hearing his soft voice, compelling melodies, and poignant lyrics once again. Three years later another new album, Roadsinger, cemented his reconnection with the music industry. The ‘Guess I’ll Take My Time’ tour followed which saw Yusuf perform songs from both his new and old catalogue throughout the UK in 2009, Australia and New Zealand in 2010, and the rest of Europe in 2011.

In 2012 Yusuf explored a new musical avenue with the staging of a musical called Moonshadow, which was launched in Australia in May of that year. The story tells the magical tale of a young man and his Moonshadow’s struggle against an oncoming darkness. This adventure into new artistic forms may well prove to be just the tip of the iceberg as Yusuf is currently looking to new media for ways to express his artistic vision.

Yusuf’s return to music has been greeted with joy and excitement across the world but nowhere more so than in the USA. The emotional reaction to his performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in New York on the 10th April 2014 showed the love and appreciation that exists within the music industry for a legendary singer-songwriter and one of their own.

In 2014 he went on stage with the ‘Peace Train…Late Again Tour’, which started in London’s, travelled through Europe and ended in the United States.

His ‘Cat’s Attic Tour’ which travelled US and UK last year is now coming to New Zealand in December 2017. Yusuf is currently working on a children’s animation series based on his songs and is finishing his autobiography, which is expected to be surface next year.

It is 50 years since the start of Cat / Yusuf’s illustrious career. In that time he has charmed people’s’ hearts, entertained millions, and brought hope and assistance to those in need. He has had the courage to follow his convictions and the result has been a life of extraordinary adventures, which he continues to share through his captivating songs.

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