Cat Stevens, AKA Yusuf Islam, to Attend Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies

Posted on December 19, 2013 | by David Knowles

The Cat came back. 

Cat Stevens, the folk-rock mega star who converted to Islam in 1978 and walked away from a successful career, will attend the ceremonies to his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the singer tells Rolling Stone

Stevens, who changed his name to Yusuf Islam in 1979, has returned to performing following a prolonged hiatus. While he hasn't committed to playing at the ceremonies, Stevens doesn't expect to join fellow inductees Kiss for the blowout jam session that has become a trademark of the festivities. 

"Jamming has never been a favorite pastime of mine," Stevens told Rolling Stone. "When I write, I write constructively with all the kind of resources that I have in my creative imaginings. And sometimes, on the spur of the moment, you can do something special. But I just don't see myself holding hands with the lead singer of Kiss, that's all."

The clip above captures Stevens performing at the BBC in 1971 at the height of his fame. 
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