Ever since he was a little boy growing up in Covent Garden London, Yusuf Islam has had a life characterised by melody, harmony and all genres of musical influence. It is said he used to rack off school to go and hang around back stage at the local theatres and music venues on Denmark Street, so it is little wonder that his career as a musician has been varied and often surprising too. If you have Yusuf Cat Stevens tickets for yourself and a partner, the night will be one full of the old classics from Father & Son, Moonshadow and Wild World to his more recent compositions which draw from his adopted Islamic faith.
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When he was growing up, Yusuf was known to friends and school teachers as Demetros, but he adopted the stage name Cat Stevens when an old flame said that his eyes reminded her of a cat's eyes. To be fair she kinda has a point, and you can see why Demetros Steven Georgiu chose something a bit snappier as his stage name. In the late seventies, after a period of heavy substance abuse, he was introduced to and became interested in the writings of the Qu'ran. Then he soon changed his name to Yusuf Islam to reflect his new religious ideology. Although his music has garnered inspiration from these sea changes, what remains in Cat Stevens's oeuvre is a harmonic sound with the dulcet tones of an accomplished musician. Yusuf is a notoriously private individual in the manner of Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, so his concerts do not have the same showmanship aspect of, say, Elton John or Tom Jones, however, what they lack in razzle or dazzle, they certainly make up for in raw emotion, pleasing lyrics and crisp harmony.
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In his heyday, when he was still Cat Stevens, Yusuf had a string of hit singles and some critically acclaimed albums, most notably Tea for the Tillerman and Catch Bull at Four, after a bout of illness, he sought refuge and had to reinvent his style as the tuberculosis had had a detrimental effect on his natural voice. When you go and see him perform live with your Yusuf Cat Stevens Tickets, the sets he tends to play include some old classics from his musical heyday as well as more experimental modern tracks, depending on the preference of the crowd. If he has not sung your own favourite in the regular set, you'll never guess what that old crowd-pleaser has lined up for the encore.