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The Week of the Cat continues: singer blames “gallons of Guinness” for audience unhappiness

Per report in today’s paper, Yusuf “Cat Stevens” Islam was “utterly shocked” by the response to his now infamous Dublin gig on Sunday night. The singer addressed the issue in a post on his blog. “It was something I’d never …

Wed, Nov 18, 2009, 05:37

   

Per report in today’s paper, Yusuf “Cat Stevens” Islam was “utterly shocked” by the response to his now infamous Dublin gig on Sunday night.

The singer addressed the issue in a post on his blog. “It was something I’d never experienced for most of my musical career”, he wrote. “The tendency of some to drown away the blues of a hapless draw with a few more gallons of Guinness….obviously didn’t help either.

He also states that the audience’s reaction will mean changes for future shows. “One thing is clear: many of the fans didn’t know much about the Moonshadow section – and some thought I wasn’t coming back on stage. That can easily be fixed with a free program for the night and me personally informing the audience of what’s going to happen. Perhaps a shorter segment of the Musical will also help tighten things up, and we’re already working on that.

“If the advertising was in anyway sending out a different message, then I can only apologise for that – but my name, ‘YUSUF’, can’t practically be printed any bigger.”

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