By Philip Cosores
Yusuf Islam, better known to American audiences by his former name of Cat Stevens. hasn’t toured the U.S. since 1976. And while much has changed in that time, one thing that hasn’t is the market for reselling concert tickets, marking them up considerably in the process.
And this is a process the “Wild World” singer will not stand for.
Yusuf has announced the cancellation of his scheduled New York City show at the Beacon Theatre on Dec. 4, with a show now planned in Philadelphia at the Tower Theatre on the same date, explaining that scalpers apparently jacked many of the tickets, WCBS (a CBS Radio station) reports.
Yusuf posted the following message as an explanation, citing the high ticket prices on the secondary market, upwards of $11,000 as the reason.