NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — After a hiatus of more than 3 decades, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer formerly known as Cat Stevens has announced that he's planning a short tour of the U.S.
Islam will kick off his brief North American tour with a show at Massey Hall in Toronto on December 1st, with additional shows planned in major markets before winding things up with a December 14th show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. After his conversion to Islam, Stevens adopted the name Yusuf Islam, but says he will be touring under his former stage name while in the U.S.
Islam will be touring behind the release of a new blues album "Tell 'Em I'm Gone". Produced by Rick Rubin, the album is set to be released in October.
Islam became a convert to the Islamic faith in 1977, putting his career in hiatus and admits that he is still somewhat hesitant about returning to his old trade.
"That's something I ran away from a long time ago," he told the Associated Press in a recent interview. "But that's not to say the music business is the same as making music. When I finally reconciled my questions about the issue — where it should be in my life — by that time, I had something to say. I wouldn't be writing songs if I didn't have something to say."
The full list of North American tourdates
Dec 01 – Toronto Massey Hall
Dec 04 – Boston Wang Theatre
Dec 07 – New York Beacon Theatre
Dec 09 – Chicago Chicago Theatre
Dec 12 – San Francisco Masonic Auditorium
Dec 14 – Los Angeles Nokia Theatre