Nausea warning: Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens – now just Yusuf – in the Toronto Star

Yusuf Islam aka Yusuf aka Cat Stevens with his wife and daughters. He now lives in Dubai.

Strolling into Massey Hall after almost four decades will certainly be a special event for me, as well as many of my fans…

A lot has certainly happened since then. I left the music world and entered another. The path I chose was not expected by anyone — least of all me. Changing my “show” name was just a symbolic thing, which was not necessary because the change was really within me. For most it drew a line between my past and present. Now that line is the only thing that separates Yusuf/Cat Stevens.

At one time I wrote, “I’m being followed by a moonshadow — moonshadow — moonshadow.” Today I would amend that to, “I’m being followed by a trail of misconceptions — misconceptions — misconceptions.” Even though (just to reassure you) I continue to sing the original lyrics at my shows.

I chose not to use my surname “Islam” for my return to music because of the stigma attached to the name since I adopted it back in 1978, particularly by the heat-seeking members of the media. However, that didn’t stop certain journalists and bloggers from continuing to tag me with unsavoury controversies and conflicts totally beyond my personal interest or control…

Peace has always been my objective; sadly, that isn’t the case for everybody. That’s why I have called my tour “Peace Train … Late Again!” Stigmas, the same as dirt and mud, are very hard to remove once they’e been attached. However, for those who really listened to my lyrics — old and new — the message is still clearly there…

Don’t be fooled by this liar. The New York Times reported in 1989 regarding Salman Rushdie and Khomeini’s fatwa: “He also said that if Mr. Rushdie turned up at his doorstep looking for help, ‘I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like. I’d try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is,’ said Mr. Islam, who watched a preview of the program today and said in an interview that he stood by his comments.”

See our post here.  Notice that he is whining too!