Cat Stevens Announces First Concerts in 5 Years

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Yusuf/Cat Stevens (Photo via his Facebook page)

Cat Stevens has announced his first full-length concerts in five years. The legendary singer-songwriter of such classic songs as “Peace Train,” “Morning Has Broken,” “Moonshadow,” and “Wild World” has revealed two 2022 dates but if you want to attend them you’ll need to bring your passport. Both shows are in Turkey (now often referred to as Türkiye). The Sept. 16 announcement noted “it will lead the way to more international touring in 2023.

The musician, who is also known as Yusuf Islam, or Yusuf/Cat Stevens, hasn’t toured since his 50th Anniversary tour of 2016-2017. He’s performed at public benefit concerts just twice since: once in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019 and again in 2020 in London. In 2017, he did a series of 18 concerts in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He began that tour in 2016 with concerts in Canada, the U.S. and U.K.

In the announcement, Stevens writes, “My relationship with Türkiye goes back to the early Eighties when I first visited after embracing Islam. The welcome I received was so affectionate and strong, I felt at home immediately. Turkish music also had a lot to do with my return to singing in 2006. The ilâhiler (Divine songs) I was introduced to, were so inspiring and familiar, because of my Greek-Cypriot background.”

The 2022 concerts take place on Oct. 19 at the AKM Turk Telecom Opera Hall in Istanbul and Oct. 23 at the CSO Ada in Ankara. Tickets are available here. Profits from the shows will go towards supporting his Peace Train charity.

Watch Stevens perform in London in 2016

Related: Our 2016 review of Cat Stevens in New York City

In recent years, Stevens’ catalog has been getting significantly expanded editions via UMe.

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