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Cat Stevens Says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Was a Suprise
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.19.2013

Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) recently spoke with Billboard about being announced as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and more. Check out the highlights:

On going in as Cat Stevens when he's now called Yusuf Islam: "There's no problem. It's me. I don't think anybody should begrudge me the small satisfaction of this honor by giving it to someone else. I'm feeling very good about it, and it kind of affirms one of my lyrics (from 1971's 'The Wind'), which says 'Where I end up, what I think, only God really knows."

On his induction: "[It was] a big surprise. I was taken aback because I was kind of used to a, if you like, kind of status of self-detachment from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I see that the acceptance of me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is kind of a rapproachment thing, which is very welcome. It's good because a lot of people may have, I don't know, taken different views about my life choices (his surprising and controversial conversion to Islam during 1977), but it's come back down to the music, which is good. When you start out in music you certainly don't see anything like this; you just do it because you love what you do. I'm not sure I feel very comfortable being in a museum, but you can't stop life doing things to you."

On not being asked to play yet: "I'm hoping they'll go straight to KISS. [laughs]"

On his next album being more bluesy: "That's an area of my musical background and influence which has never really revealed itself to people. It's something I've always wanted to do. Going back to the 60s, all of Britain was enamored with what was happening in the blues world, and I was one of those who was an avid fan of blues and R&B. And in the end my voice seems to be quite interestingly suited to that kind of genre, too, and I'm having a great time doing it."

On his plans to tour next year: "I'm getting bombarded with lots of offers, and they're all very lovely, too. One of the things I find very enjoyable right now is to go to certain countries that I've never been to before and places that would never have dreamt of seeing me, perhaps, perform. I'm sort of ticking them off one by one, and there's so many great places to play. I'm picking and choosing where I like to go, and I make it quite a holiday for myself as well. I take the family along, and we have a great time."


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