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Cat Stevens to play in Botanic Park

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British folk singer Cat Stevens, who goes by the name Yusuf, will perform in Adelaide's Botanic Park in November as part of a national tour announced today.

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The tour marks the 50th anniversary of his first album, Matthew & Son, and will be only his third visit to Australia in a musical career that began in the 1960s with hits including “The First Cut is the Deepest” and his 1970s multi-platinum album Tea for the Tillerman, featuring hits “Wild World” and “Father & Son”.

His album Teaser and the Firecat, released in 1971, was Australia’s top seller in 1972 with songs “Morning Has Broken”, “Moonshadow” and “Peace Train” spending 15 weeks at the top of the Australian music charts.

After contracting turberculosis in the late 1960s and then nearly drowning in the Pacific Ocean in 1975, Yusuf went on a spiritual journey, left music and focused on philanthropy.

But the 9/11 terrorist attacks spurred him on to return to the world stage where he called for peace and spoke out against fanaticism.

In 2006 he returned to music with the release of An Other Cup, with several other albums to follow, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 after his 14th studio album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, was released.

In 2012, he premiered his first musical, Moonshadow in Melbourne, but it closed four weeks ahead of schedule after mixed reviews.

Yusef’s Adelaide concert will be on November 25, with pre-sale tickets available from this Thursday and general ticket sales from April 5.

Other tour dates are: November 22, Perth Arena, Perth; November 27, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne; December 2, Roche Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW; December 4, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney; December 9, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane.

-AAP

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