Cat Stevens has cancelled what would have been his first New York gig in four decades in protest against ticket touts.
A long critic of the practice, Stevens (Yusuf Islam) has pointed to New York’s state law which requires all tickets to be in paper form as a reason why his planned date at the Beacon Theatre has been more seriously affected, and therefore pulled, by touting.
“Unfortunately I will not be performing in NYC this time around but I am looking forward to playing for fans in Philadelphia on December 4 and hope to return to NYC at a future date,” a statement on his website reads. “My fans will understand and I thank them for informing me about the extortionate tickets prices already being listed on some websites. I have been a longtime supporter of paperless tickets to my shows worldwide and avoiding scalpers.”
Cat Stevens is beginning his touring with two nights at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in London on November 4th and 5th. More shows throughout mainland Europe will take him to North America by December.