Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, is enjoying a rare moment back in the rock 'n' roll mainstream spotlight with his induction tonight (April 10) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The singer-songwriter, who converted to Islam and changed his name in 1977 and largely dropped out of pop music shortly after that, appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday (April 8) and tells us he's looking forward to tonight's honor at Brooklyn's Barclays Center:
"I'm feeling very good about it, and it kind of sort of affirms one of my lyrics (from 1971's 'The Wind'), which says 'Where I end up, what I think, only God really knows'...It was a big surprise. I was taken back, 'cause I was kind of used to, if you like, a kind of status of self-detachment you would say from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...It felt like a long time since I was eligible, but when the news came through I was really, really, really very pleased, very pleased and happy, also, for so many fans who have been working so hard and trying to get me inducted...I'm not sure I feel very comfortable being in a museum, but...you can't stop life doing things to you."
Stevens is currently working on new music as a follow-up to his 2009 album "Roadsinger," though no firm details have been confirmed. He'll be joined at tonight's ceremony by KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager-producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The ceremony will be filmed by HBO for broadcast in May.