Wow. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear just had a Battle of the Bands between Yusuf Islam (also known as Cat Stevens and Ozzy Osbourne. The ‘pro-sanity” part of the rally (lead by Jon Stewart) introduced Mr. Islam who sang “Peace Train,” only to be interrupted by Stephen Colbert (the ‘pro-fear’ part of the rally) who proceeded to introduce a surprisingly lucid Mr. Osbourne who sang “Crazy Train.” The battle was effectively a draw, only to be resolved by a surprise appearance by the O’Jays who sang “Love Train.” And the world began to heal. The inclusion of Yusuf Islam in the Rally to Restore Sanity is sure to raise a number of eyebrows, given the controversy surrounding his alleged support of the fundamentalist Islamic fatwa against author Salman Rushdie. As Andy Levy tweeted “Rally To Restore Fatwas?” Yusuf has since asserted that he was simply joking and his comments were taken out of context. In the … [Read more...] about Yusuf Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) And Ozzy Osbourne Battle At ‘Sanity Rally’
Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf) has cancelled his first New York appearance in 40 years, in protest over ticket touts.“Unfortunately I will not be performing in NYC this time around but I am looking forward to playing for fans in Philadelphia on December 4 and hope to return to NYC at a future date,” a statement on his website reads. “My fans will understand and I thank them for informing me about the extortionate tickets prices already being listed on some websites. I have been a longtime supporter of paperless tickets to my shows worldwide and avoiding scalpers.”He added: “Unfortunately NY has a state law that requires all tickets sold for shows in NYC to be paper, enabling them to be bought and sold at inflated prices. I’m sorry about not being able to now play in NYC but hope to find an opportunity that aligns with my support of this issue in the near future, God willing. Looks like the Peace Train is going to arrive at New York a little bit later than … [Read more...] about Cat Stevens cancels first New York show in 40 years in protest over ticket touts
Lightspeed Champion is to perform songs by Cat Stevens from the soundtrack to cult film Harold and Maude at a special performance at Latitude Festival next month.Highlights from the Cat Stevens-penned soundtrack to Hal Ashby’s sublime film include “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out” and “Don’t Be Shy” – most of the tracks from the film’s OST also appear on Stevens’ Tea For The Tillerman album.Lightspeed Champion will be performing in the Film & Music Arena, and other new additions include a ‘Le Donk’ screening and Q&A with Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine (Read Uncut’s film preview and see the trailer here) and a Q&A with Stephen Frears being interviewed by David Morrissey.Other new confirmations for the Suffolk festival include Robin Ince in the Comedy Arena and a return to the festival for ‘Music of The Spheres’ on the Waterfront – remember the giant bubble that floated with a … [Read more...] about Lightspeed Champion To Perform Cat Stevens Soundtrack At Latitude!
Lightspeed Champion is to perform songs by Cat Stevens from the soundtrack to cult film Harold and Maude at a special screening in London next month.The ‘Roots and Shoots’ winter edition takes place at London’s NFT1 on December 11 and will see Lightspeed Champion, aka Dev Hynes perform a special acoustic set after Hal Ashby’s film screens.Harold and Maude is an uplifting dark comedy and stars Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort and Vivian Pickles, Harold and Maude is an oddball existential black comedy exploring an unlikely relationship between death-obsessed rich boy Harold (Bud Cort), and the lively, eccentric septuagenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon), who he meets at a funeral. Highlights from the Cat Stevens-penned soundtrack includeTickets for the unique event are available from the NFT boxwww.bfi.org.ukFor more music and film news click here … [Read more...] about Lightspeed Champion To Perform Cat Stevens Soundtrack Live
Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) has released a single to raise funds and awareness for lone child refugees.“He Was Alone” was inspired by lone child refugees he met at camps on the Turkish / Syrian border. The song has been backed by Sean Penn, Miley Cyrus and others – and Islam has also called on the likes of Pete Townsend, Blondie and Queen to help promote it using the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone.He said in a statement: “While the world faces incomprehensible numbers and statistics created by the refugee crisis, the tragedy and story of a single soul gets missed.“It was difficult to stand by just watching this tragedy without trying to do something. I simply decided to help humanise the narrative and lend my voice to the call for keeping hearts and doors open to every refugee, especially youngsters, who have lost what future they might have once hoped for.”The single will be performed at an exclusive sold out live concert at Central Hall Westminster … [Read more...] about Watch: Yusuf / Cat Stevens releases charity single
Amy Winehouse, Paul Weller and Cat Stevens are amongst the headliners for Island records 50th birthday celebrations this May.The festival, called ‘Island Life’ will see see gigs taking place from May 26, all at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in West London. Also confirmed for the bill are Sly & Robbie, Toots & The Maytals, Tom Tom Club and Baaba maal.Full listings are below. Tickets for the intimate shows will go onsale on Friday (March 13), with a presale available through the Island 50 website: Island50.comThe Island Life festival billing so far looks like this: SLY & ROBBIE & THE COMPASS POINT ALLSTARS (May 26)For more music and film news click here … [Read more...] about Amy Winehouse, Paul Weller, Cat Stevens For Island Festival
Yusuf Islam, known previously as Cat Stevens has announced his first UK live dates since his Magikat tour in 1976.Yusuf, who released new albums ‘An Other Cup’ and ‘Roadsinger’ in recent years, will now return to the live arena, playing four concerts in November, starting in Dublin and ending in London.Recent rare guest appearences have included his label, Island Records 50th anniversary show in London and Live Earth in Hamburg, Germany.As well playing classic hits such as “First Cut Is The Deepest” and “Wild World”, the songwriter will also premiere songs from Moonshadow: the musical. Currently auditioning for the parts, Yusuf extols his passion for the theatre, saying in a statement today: “It’s taken a long time to arrive, but it’s always been a dream of mine to write a musical,” he said. “Growing up in the West End of London, surrounded by theatres and shows, obviously left a strong impression on me. I … [Read more...] about Cat Stevens Announces First UK Live Tour For 30 Years!
To coincide with the releases of his first new studio album in five years, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, on October 27, Yusuf / Cat Stevens is set to answer your questions in our regular An Audience With… feature.So is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask the legendary singer-songwriter? What does he remember about touring with Jimi Hendrix and the Walker Brothers in 1967?Send up your questions by noon, Tuesday, September 23 to [email protected] The best questions, and Cat’s answers, will be published in a future edition of Uncut magazine. Please include your name and location with your question. Visit our new, dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. … [Read more...] about We want your questions for Yusuf Cat Stevens!
Yusuf / Cat Stevens, has announced four November dates.A Cat’s Attic will feature a limited run of stripped-down, introspective performances which coincides with the 50th anniversary of his first hit single release, “I Love My Dog”. Starting in Manchester, the Tour will also travel to Glasgow, Newcastle and end in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre.Tickets go on sale Friday, September 16th at 9am from www.livenation.co.uk “It’s hard to believe that I will be playing in the theatre that I used to illegally climb the roof of as a teenager, right across the road from where I lived in London,” says Yusuf. “I’m really looking forward to these shows and visiting some of the cities I played 50 years ago.”A Cat’s Attic: Yusuf/Cat Stevens play:November:Mon 14th MANCHESTER, ApolloPre-sale will run from 9am Wednesday, September 14 until 10pm Thursday, September 15 at www.catstevens.com. The October 2016 issue of Uncut is now on … [Read more...] about Yusuf / Cat Stevens announces A Cat’s Attic tour dates
Yusuf Islam, the former superstar once known as Cat Stevens, performed on stage before a live U.S. audience on Tuesday for the first time in nearly three decades as he promoted his first pop album since leaving the music world for life as a devout Muslim.Mixing new songs with such old hits as "The Wind," "Oh Very Young" and "Peace Train," he sang with a gentle voice that sounded scarcely changed from his heyday in the 1970s.Now going by just the name Yusuf, the British singer walked away from the musical spotlight in 1978 but returned to release his new album, "An Other Cup," last month."It's one small step for man, one giant step for common sense," joked the singer, 58, about his return. He played before an invitation-only audience of music industry professionals and others in Manhattan.The performance will be broadcast on Santa Monica, California's KCRW radio and Webcast at www.kcrw.com on Thursday morning.Thin, gray and bearded, Yusuf told the audience that he left the music world … [Read more...] about Yusuf (Cat Stevens) back on U.S. stage