Formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam will be the last to appear on stage at the Hamburg "Live Earth" concert.
Yusuf Islam, alias Cat Stevens, will appear Saturday at the Live Earth concert in Hamburg. He will be the last performer of the evening, singing around 11 p.m., a spokesman for Live Earth said Tuesday.
LONDON, May 22 -- The musician known as Cat Stevens said in a British television program to be broadcast next week that rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, ''I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing.''
The singer, who adopted the name Yusuf Islam when he converted to Islam, made the remark during a panel discussion of British reactions to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's call for Mr. Rushdie to be killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his best-selling novel ''The Satanic Verses.'' He also said that if Mr. Rushdie turned up at his doorstep looking for help, ''I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like.''
''I'd try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is,'' said Mr. Islam, who watched a preview of the program today and said in an interview that he stood by his comments.
How much you want to bet "Live Earth" in Hamburg turns into a rageathon directed at the United States?
UPDATE II (3:50 p.m.): Video of Yusuf Islam on British televison, wishing for the murder of Salman Rushdie. (Hat tip: Josh)
UPDATE IV (6 p.m.): In the extended entry. Just a news report from Hamburg.
UPDATE V (9:30 p.m.) Yusuf Islam was originally slated for the Istanbul concert, which was cancelled because of lack of interest. For more on his pro-Hamas activities, please read this post by Debbie Schlussel. And we're supposed to regard him as a moral guide on global warming?
Yet another singer for Live Earth -- Yusuf is coming
For some of his fans, he'll always be Cat Stevens, and one recalls with fondness his hits like "Morning Has Broken." It's been announced that the now 58-year-old Cat Stevens -- who goes by Yusuf these days -- will take part in the Hamburg Live Earth show. It's only the concert on German soil. Yusuf finds himself in good company at the concert, where the stars will perform for free. They've already lined up Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Silbermond, Sasha, Cicero and more. In all, there will be eight concerts, 24 hours around the clock, inspired by an initiative from the former U.S. vice president, Al Gore. The first of the concerts will take place in Australia.