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.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2009

28387 Comments


f*ck yea seaking!

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bloc
November 16th 2009

34735 Comments


but.......aren't they the same person?

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SlightlyEpic
November 16th 2009

5780 Comments


I don't get it

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2009

28387 Comments


i actually thought the title was exceedingly clever

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2009

28387 Comments


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)

qwe3
November 16th 2009

21355 Comments


title made me chuckle. nice one

Meatplow
November 16th 2009

5524 Comments


I never knew he converted to Islam and changed his name.

johnnyblaze
November 16th 2009

2601 Comments


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.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2009

28387 Comments


ohhh that makes sense...pretty lame

Bfhurricane
November 16th 2009

6197 Comments


That whole theatrical thing doesn't really make sense. Kind of a shame, I rather like Cat Stevens, didn't know he was touring.

a5thdiad
November 16th 2009

123 Comments


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.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2009

28387 Comments


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

Upsidedown_and_Sideways
November 16th 2009

258 Comments


If Cat Stevens makes you mad, you have issues.

a5thdiad
November 16th 2009

123 Comments


^ indeed.

100$ normally only gets you a greatest hits performance and a crappy t-shirt.

BSX
November 16th 2009

1633 Comments


Talk about a wild world!

Jips
November 17th 2009

1129 Comments


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...

Fuff24
November 18th 2009

1118 Comments


If he's the same perosn how they boo one and not the other? did he perform a transformation sequence?

Lions
November 19th 2009

1015 Comments


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.



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