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Yusuf Cat Stevens 50th Anniversary Peace Train Tour 2017

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One of the greatest singer songwriters of all time
It was 1967 when a fresh-faced young nineteen-year-old British singer-songwriter released his first album known simply as "Matthew and Son", an album which saw the title track reach number 2 on the UK charts. Roll forward 50 years, and this summer sees Yusuf Cat Stevens return to Australia for the 50th-anniversary tour and a chance for everyone to get onboard the Peace Train.

Yusuf Cat Stevens, Peace Train Tour, Matthew and Son, Father and Son, Wild World, Botanic Gardens
Image courtesy Teg Dainty

The 50th Anniversary Peace Train tour commences on Wednesday 22 November at Perth Arena and will travel to Adelaide's Botanic Park on Saturday 25 November, Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Monday 27 November, Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley on Saturday 2 December, Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on Monday 4 December and finishes at Brisbane's Entertainment Centre on Saturday 9 December.

The Yusuf Cat Stevens story is one of the more remarkable in musical history, a story which saw this young teenager growing up in the UK amongst The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and a crowded collection of other artists all jumping onboard the emerging music scene to eventually becoming one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time.

Following "Matthew and Son" in 1967 came hits with "Here Comes My Baby" and "The First Cut is the Deepest", and numerous appearances coupled with a touring schedule across the UK that ultimately took its toll on him when he contracted tuberculosis in early 1969. Many months of hospitalisation followed, and it was at that point that he began to understand inner reflection and meditation, and began to questions aspects of his life and spirituality.

Yusuf Cat Stevens, Peace Train Tour, Matthew and Son, Father and Son, Wild World, Botanic Gardens
Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons / Bryan Ledgard

It was the period from 1970 to 1975 when Stevens recorded and released some of the albums that would establish him as a leading singer-songwriter. His first comeback album, "Tea for the Tillerman" featured four massive hits with "Wild World", "Hard Headed Woman", "Where Do the Children Play?" and "Father and Son".

But it was the second album in 1971,"Teaser and the Firecat" that catapulted him to stardom with three hits that have remained classics for years in "Morning Has Broken", "Peace Train" and "Moonshadow", the latter spending fifteen weeks at the top of the Australian charts.

In 1975 after a near drowning in the Pacific Ocean, Stevens chose to leave music behind and pursued a path of education, humanitarian relief, religion, politicism predominately in the call for peace and unity. In 2006 Stevens returned to the music industry with the release of further albums and his second tour of Australia in 2010.

Yusuf Cat Stevens, Peace Train Tour, Matthew and Son, Father and Son, Wild World, Botanic Gardens
Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons / Velvetgoldmine82

Tickets for the Yusuf Cat Stevens 50th Anniversary Peace Train Tour are available from Ticketmaster for the Hunter Valley Concert, and from Ticketek for all other Concerts. The 50th Anniversary Tour is brought to Australia by Teg Dainty and Live Nation in association with Moonshadow Aus Pty.

Wednesday, 22nd November
Perth Arena, Perth
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 25th November
Botanic Park, Adelaide
Tickets: Ticketek

Monday, 27th November
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 2nd December
Roche Estate, Hunter Valley
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Monday, 4th December
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 9th December
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tickets: Ticketek
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Why? One of the all time greatest sing songwriters
When: Nov - Dec 2017
Where: Across Australia
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Waiting for someone to buy me tickets.
My fav Cat Stevens song is Oh Very Young.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1450) 1356 days ago
Surelyy "Teaser & The Firecat" !
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