Yusuf (Cat Stevens) announces Boston concert

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Yusuf, better known as Cat Stevens, has announced that he will embark on his first North American tour in over 35 years. As part of his “Peace Train…Late Again” tour, the legendary English singer-songwriter will make his way to Massachusetts for a performance at the Citi Wang Theatre on Sunday, December 7. Tickets for the concert, which range in price from $80 to $170, will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

On the upcoming tour, Yusuf will promote his forthcoming album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone. The singer-songwriter’s fourteenth studio effort and first since 2009’s Roadsinger, will be released on October 27. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone was recorded across the globe, including cities such as Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London. Co-produced by Yusuf and Rick Rubin, the album features ten brand-new studio recordings, including five original tracks and five cover songs. Yusuf is joined by several special guests including Richard Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Tinariwen, and Matt Sweeney. Lead single “Dying To Live” (orginally recorded by Edgar Winter) is streaming below.

“Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take,” explained Yusuf in a press release. “Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free. What’s powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically. It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn’t that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful.”

Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim in the 1970’s with hits such as “Wild World”, “Peace Train”, “Father and Son” and “Morning Has Broken”. Following a conversion to the Islamic faith in 1977, Stevens changed his name and retired from the music business to work with and support causes in education and humanitarian relief. In 2006, he returned to pop music with the album An Other Cup. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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