Published on June 15th, 2013 | by Kay Byrne0
Leonard Cohen – World Tour 2013
Leonard Cohen announced his European summer tour 2013 where he will play 8 gigs in the UK with gigs in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds and Birmingham.
He is still going strong and to celebrate his time as a performing artist, at the age of 79, he’s taking to the stage in the second largest venue in London, hoping to sell out the 20,000 seat arena.
There is an estimated 1,330 covers of his original songs and his work has been inspired the likes of U2, REM and the late Johnny Cash. His albums “Songs of Leonard Cohen” (1967), “I’m Your Man” (1990) and “Dear Heather” (2004) are rightly considered classics along with the beautiful singles “Hallelujah” and “Suzanne.” Back in 1970, Leonard Cohen captivated over 600,000 people at the historic Isle of Wight festival. The last time Cohen was in the UK, he sold out Wembley Arena in 2012.
Cohens biggest singles include “Little Green Candle”,”Suzanne” and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”. In 2004, the year he turned 70, Cohen released one of the most controversial albums of his career – “Dear Heather”. It revealed his voice anew, in this phase of his career, as a deep baritone more limited in range than on any previous recording, but it overcame this change in vocal timbre by facing it head-on, just as Cohen had done with his singing throughout his career. It also contained a number of songs for which Cohen wrote music, but not lyrics. A decided change of pace for a man who’d started out as a poet.
Cohen announced the tour in January 2013 and is heading to Germany, France, and Italy as well as London. Cohen will be performing old classics as well as songs from his new album released last year “Old Ideas”. Leonard Cohen’s tour will visit the UK from August 26th to September 14th. Heading out on his first arena tour since 2009, Cohen is heading to Manchester, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cardiff, Leeds, Birmingham and will be performing at London’s O2 arena.
Tickets are on sale now!