|Cat Stevens Fans Boo Yusuf Islam|
2009-11-16 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 18 Comments
Yusuf Islam - the born-again Muslim edition of legendary singer-songwriter Cat Stevens - was loudly booed by sections of the audience at the opening performance of his European tour at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
It was the singer's first large-scale tour since 1976, and his conversion to Islam, and for the first hour or so the audience response was overwhelmingly positive, as he took the stage first with 1970s cohort Alun Davies and later a full, six-piece band.
Later, however, things began to unravel, as he unveiled a live preview performance of Moonshadow, an upcoming West End musical based on his own music, starring ex-Hear'Say vocalist Noel Sullivan in the lead role.
Demanding fans, who had paid upwards of €80 ($100) for the privilege of seeing the veteran songwriter perform, appeared to be mystified and even angered by the turn of events - though the musical theatre portion of the show had been clearly demarcated on tour advertisements.
Quick-witted Islam remarked "Now I know what Dylan felt like" as fans streamed out of the venue, while others had stayed to boo hits like 'Father & Son' and 'Wild World.' The bulk of the audience remained, however, and were treated to two encores, the first of which saw Sullivan return for a duet with Islam.
The second, which Islam announced in advance in order to retain the still apprehensive audience, featured Ronan Keating. In his first live appearance since the death of bandmate Steven Gately, Keating led a duet of Islam's classic 'Father & Son,' which had been a number one hit for Boyzone in the mid-90s.
Band Page: Yusuf Islam
f*ck yea seaking!
Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo
but.......aren't they the same person?
Digging: Messiah - Choir of Horrors
I don't get it
i actually thought the title was exceedingly clever
but I also don't understand what/why they were booing (it reads as if it happened suddenly, when he started to discuss his theatrical project)
title made me chuckle. nice one
I never knew he converted to Islam and changed his name.
Shitt is whack. I guess some of his fans are intolerant twats.
I would LOVE to see Father & Son live, one of my favourite tracks ever, though it could do without Ronan Keating.
ohhh that makes sense...pretty lame
That whole theatrical thing doesn't really make sense. Kind of a shame, I rather like Cat Stevens, didn't know he was touring.
the whole theatrical thing does make sense...what happened to open mindedness? back in the 60's-70's, peope would've considered themselves lucky to see such art. jesus.
100+ for tickets to see him in concert and i'm watching other schmoes play and dance to his music in an elaborate commercial?... i'm pissed
If Cat Stevens makes you mad, you have issues.
100$ normally only gets you a greatest hits performance and a crappy t-shirt.
Talk about a wild world!
I didn't know that Muslims used the term "born again?"
or is that the author westernizing
...oh and god damn I wish I could have the priviledge to see cat Stevens perform...
If he's the same perosn how they boo one and not the other? did he perform a transformation sequence?
He actually reenacted his conversion midway through the show. they didn't boo cat, but they sure booed him after he religiously morphed into yusef.