All aboard the Peace Train! Yusuf, aka, Cat Stevens cuts a casual figure as he wows fans in Sydney on his 50th anniversary tour

He's the iconic British songwriter who famously left the music industry in the late '70s after he converted to Islam.

And Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens appeared in fine voice when he performed in Sydney on ?Monday as part of the 50th anniversary of his iconic hit Peace Train.

The 69-year-old ?appeared to be having the time of his life during his first Sydney show in seven years.

Icon: Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens appeared in fine voice when he performed in Sydney on Monday as part of the 50th anniversary of his iconic hit Peace Train

Icon: Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens appeared in fine voice when he performed in Sydney on Monday as part of the 50th anniversary of his iconic hit Peace Train

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee cut a casual figure as he stepped onto the Qudos Bank Arena stage.

The singer was a vision in tan, wearing a simple jumper and similarly coloured vest, matching with a pair of chinos.

He finished his stage ensemble with a pair of tinted sunglasses while he also sported a shock of snowy-white facial hair.

Welcome back: The 69-year-old appeared to be having the time of his life during his first Sydney show in seven years

Welcome back: The 69-year-old appeared to be having the time of his life during his first Sydney show in seven years

The passion was evident on Yusuf's face as he took fans through his extensive back catalogue, closing his eyes tight as be belted out lyrics and strummed earnestly on his guitar.?

The singer's popularity in Australia certainly hasn't waned, with a throng of adoring fans clambering to get inside the venue to see the folk icon in person.?

After enjoying a string of hits, including Peace Train, Moonshadow, and Morning Has Broken, Cat famously bowed out of the music industry after converting to Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam.

Still got it: The passion was evident on Yusuf's face as he took fans through his extensive back catalogue, closing his eyes tight as be belted out lyrics and strummed earnestly on his guitar

Still got it: The passion was evident on Yusuf's face as he took fans through his extensive back catalogue, closing his eyes tight as be belted out lyrics and strummed earnestly on his guitar

Fervour; The singer's popularity in Australia certainly hasn't waned, with a throng of adoring fans clambering to get inside the venue to see the folk icon in person

Fervour; The singer's popularity in Australia certainly hasn't waned, with a throng of adoring fans clambering to get inside the venue to see the folk icon in person

He gradually returned to music in the mid-1990s and has since released a string of albums, while eventually dropping the 'Islam' in his name.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in March, Yusuf revealed his decision to step out of the spotlight was part of his life-long quest for peace.

'Peace is the defining object which we find very elusive in life,' he said.

Resignation: After enjoying a string of hits, including Peace Train, Moonshadow, and Morning Has Broken, Cat famously bowed out of the music industry after converting to Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam

Resignation: After enjoying a string of hits, including Peace Train, Moonshadow, and Morning Has Broken, Cat famously bowed out of the music industry after converting to Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam

'I was looking for that and that became more tangible when i was able to leave the music industry.'?

?Yusuf added the decision was also about being true to his fans.

'I have always felt a duty to my audience and my fans,'he told the publication. 'even walking away was a duty because I didn't want to be a hypocrite. I didn't want to stick around and try to say I was still on that path when I'd found what I was looking for.

Back at it: He gradually returned to music in the mid-1990s and has since released a string of albums, while eventually dropping the 'Islam' in his name

Back at it: He gradually returned to music in the mid-1990s and has since released a string of albums, while eventually dropping the 'Islam' in his name

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