Cat Stevens cancels New York tour date in protest over scalpers

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cat Stevens performs onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Inductee Cat Stevens performs onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Musician Art Garfunkel (L) and inductee Cat Stevens speak onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cat Stevens speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cat Stevens speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cat Stevens speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Inductee Cat Stevens performs onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Inductee Cat Stevens speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Inductee Cat Stevens speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Inductee Cat Stevens performs onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cat Stevens speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cat Stevens performs onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
London-born musician Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, stands by his tour campervan after a rehearsal at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, north west London, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. (AP Photo / Joel Ryan)
London-born musician Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, peforms during a rehearsal at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, north west London, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, performs during a sound check for his concert at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, Monday, May 11, 2009. The show marks Yusuf Islam's first concert in Los Angeles in more than 33 years. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Evangelical pastor Rick Warren, left, shakes hands with Yusuf Islam, best know by his former stage name Cat Stevens, after speaking at the Islamic Society of North America's 46th annual convention in Washington, Saturday July 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Folk artist Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens), left, performs with the band The Roots and comedian Jon Stewart during comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, tours the tsunami devastated neighborhoods of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005. Islam has composed a new song, "Indian Ocean," in response to the disaster and recently recorded it with musicians including A.R. Rahman, the prolific Indian composer/producer, Magne Furuholmen of A-Ha fame, and Travis drummer Neil Primrose. It will be released in February to raise money for children orphaned by the earthquake. The man at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
British music star Cat Stevens, who converted to Islam and became Yusuf Islam, sings on stage for the first time since he left show business in Sarajevo on Friday, Jan 24, 1997. Islam sings his song "Mother, Father, Brother, Sister" which promotes his new music project based on Bosnian folk songs. (AP Photo/Rikard Larma)
Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, promoting, The Life of the Last Prophet, his first recordings in nearly 20 years, as a celebration of Islam, in Harrods Department store in London, Tuesday September 5, 1995. (AP Photo/Rebecca Naden)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Singer Cat Stevens has cancelled the New York date on a highly-anticipated fall tour – his first in nearly 40 years - because he refuses to allow scalpers to make money off the event.

Touring the U.S. as Yusuf Cat Stevens for the first time since 1978, the folk singer announced Wednesday morning on his website that he pulled the plug on his December 4 Beacon Theater performance.

"Unfortunately I will not be performing in NYC this time around," said Stevens. "My fans will understand and I thank them for informing me about the extortionate tickets prices already being listed on some websites."

One ticket reseller was found by AOL News to be selling tickets for as much as $11,000 for the Beacon Theater show. The face value for those seats was $190, according to the concert's now-deleted Ticketmaster page.

The tickets were slated to go on sale Wednesday through an Amazon.com pre-sale in which fans who bought the Wild World singer's latest album online were granted a code to buy them before the general public. Philadelphia fans will now have that option instead of New Yorkers.

"I have been a longtime supporter of paperless tickets to my shows worldwide and avoiding scalpers," he continued. "Unfortunately, NY has a state law that requires all tickets sold for shows in NYC to be paper, enabling them to be bought and sold at inflated prices."

Stevens apologized for the change in plans but claimed to "hope to find an opportunity that aligns with my support of this issue in the near future, God willing."

The Moonshadow singer emerged to perform at this year's Rock n Roll Hall of Fame ceremony after decades of self-imposed exile in England following his 1976 conversion to Islam.

He estimated in a 2007 New York Times interview to have been earning about $1.5 million dollars-per-year from music royalties for the past four decades despite not performing or releasing any new material until 2003.

The tour kicks off December 1 in Toronto. The Peace Train also stops in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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