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 Australia in November and 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.
The tour will commence on Wednesday 22 November at Perth Arena and will travel to Adelaide’s Botanic Park on Saturday 25 November, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Monday 27 November, NSW’s Roche Estate on Saturday 2 December, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Monday 4 December and finishes at Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre on Saturday 9 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 midday Wednesday 29 March (local time) to 8am Thursday 30 March (local time). To learn more about the RedRoom visit catstevens.com. A Telstra pre-sale starts at 10am on Thursday 30 March (local time) through to 10pm on Sunday 2 April. Go to telstra.com/music for details. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10am local time on Wednesday 5 April.
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 work load 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 Australia 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” – spending fifteen weeks at the top of the Australian charts, becoming the biggest-selling album of the country in 1972. 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, leaving music he concentrated on the 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 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES
PERTH ARENA, PERTH WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 22 www.ticketek.com.au
BOTANIC PARK, ADELAIDE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25 www.ticketek.com.au
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE MONDAY NOVEMBER 27 www.ticketek.com.au
ROCHE ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY, NSW SATURDAY DECEMBER 2 www.ticketmaster.com.au
QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY MONDAY DECEMBER 4 www.ticketek.com.au
BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BRISBANE SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 www.ticketek.com.au