Monday, June 17, 2024

Cat Stevens Still “Undecided” About Coming to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Show


The clock is ticking. But Cat Stevens– actually now Yusuf Islam– is still “undecided” about coming to his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show induction next month. I’m told by a close friend that he still doesn’t know if he’ll make the trip from England.

Of course, everyone is crossing their fingers that he will come and pick up his trophy. When he was Cat Stevens, Islam was incredibly popular and influential. His many hits are played on the radio all the time, from “Morning Has Broken” to “Peace Train.”

As Islam, he’s also made some excellent records– even if they’re not has widely distributed as in the past. Check out his latest album “Roadsinger” on

The Rock Hall is also probably anxious to get Islam on their show. They already have problems with Nirvana, KISS, and Linda Ronstadt not performing at the Barclays Center show. Without Islam, they’ll be down to Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, and the E Street Band.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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