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Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces NZ Dates for Peace Train 50th Anniversary Tour

Thursday 30 March 2017

Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces NZ Dates for Peace Train 50th Anniversary Tour

British singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Yusuf - Cat Stevens is heading to NZ shores in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of his debut album 'A Cat's Attic' featuring his Peace Train Tour' this December.

After seven years, Yusuf/Cat Stevens returns to perform his classic hits in Auckland, New Plymouth and Christchurch. Fans from all over the world are all ready to witness the rock legend as he takes up the stage again and rock the night just like what he did back in 2010.

As expected, fans gave an overwhelming response to Cat's upcoming shows and due to the public demand, another Auckland show was added.

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 have 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 workload 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 soul searching until he found himself again but this time, a better version of himself leading him into a musical. 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 Australasia 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". In 1975, Cat experienced another life-changing event after nearly drowning in the Pacific Ocean. A sign for him to dedicate himself to the divine path, leaving music as he concentrates more on 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.

This golden tour is going to be an unmissable night for Yusuf/Cat Stevens' fans!