NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Yusuf Islam, AKA Cat Stevens, has announced that he's canceling the New York City stop of his planned tour of the U.S., after ticket scalpers apparently ran wild.
In a post on his website, the singer-songwriter wrote:
“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. 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. 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 expected.”
The canceled show, originally planned for The Beacon Theater on December 7th will now be held at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia on Dec. 4th.
Multiple news outlets reported that tickets for the New York show with a face value of $190 were being resold for as much as $11,000 on eBay.
Updated Peace Train…Late Again North American Tour Dates
Mon-Dec 01 – Toronto ON Massey Hall
Thu-Dec 04 – Philadelphia PA Tower Theatre
Sun-Dec 07 – Boston MA Citi Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre
Tue-Dec 09 – Chicago IL Chicago Theatre
Fri-Dec 12 – San Francisco CA The Masonic
Sun-Dec 14 – Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre L.A. Live