NEW YORK (AP) — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road.

He announced Monday he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December. They will be his first series of shows in the U.S. since 1976. His conversion to Islam followed, putting his music career on hold for a quarter century. He's also releasing a blues album on Oct. 27 produced by Rick Rubin, titled "Tell 'Em I'm Gone."

Stevens is using that stage name along with Yusuf, the name he took when he converted. The performer of 1970s-era hits "Wild World," ''Morning Has Broken" and "Peace Train" slowly broke back into secular music during the past decade, and has performed his old songs in concerts outside the U.S.