Yusuf, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first music in five years and perform six shows in North America in early winter.
Sony’s Legacy Recordings will release “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” on Oct. 27 as part of a deal that will see future releases of new recordings, existing catalog titles, previously unreleased live material and new videos.
The new album’s 10 tracks are divided between new originals and covers of songs such as the blues classic “Big Boss Man,” Edgar Winter’s “Dying To Live” and Procol Harum’s “The Devil Came From Kansas.”
Recorded in Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels and London with Rick Rubin co-producing, Yusuf enlisted Richard Thompson, blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, the group Tinariwen and guitarist Matt Sweeney.
Yusuf/ Cat Stevens will begin his first North American tour in 35 years on Dec. 1 at Massey Hall in Toronto. He has six dates schedule for November in Europe.
Dec. 1 Toronto- Massey Hall
Dec. 4 Boston- Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Dec. 7 New York City- Beacon Theatre
Dec. 9 Chicago- The Chicago Theatre
Dec. 12 San Francisco- The Masonic
Dec.14 Los Angeles – Nokia Theatre