Music icon Yusuf Islam has pulled the plug on plans to perform in New York as part of his first North American tour in 35 years after becoming disgusted by greedy ticket scalpers who are trying to take advantage of devoted fans.
The Peace Train singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, announced a string of rare live dates last week (ends19Sep14), but he has now decided to cancel his Big Apple show at the Beacon Theatre on 7 December (14) and re-route the trek to Boston, Massachusetts.
A statement posted on his website reads: "Unfortunately I will not be performing in Nyc this time around... My fans will understand and I thank them for informing me about the extortionate ticket prices already being listed on some websites.
"I have been a longtime supporter of paperless tickets to my shows worldwide and avoiding scalpers. Unfortunately Ny has a state law that requires all tickets sold for shows in Nyc to be paper, enabling them to be bought and sold at inflated prices. I'm sorry about not being able to now play in Nyc but hope to find an opportunity that aligns with my support of this issue in the near future, God willing. Looks like the Peace Train is going to arrive at New York a little bit later than expected."
The new tour, to promote Tell 'Em I'm Gone - his first new album in five years, also features stops in Toronto, Canada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles, among other cities.