Leonard Cohen has added a second date at Hop Farm in Kent after fans quickly snapped up tickets for the original show on September 8th.
Leonard Cohen has added a series of North American dates to his world tour in support of the recent ‘Old Ideas‘ album.
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The show will feature classics such as Hallelujah, I’m Your Man and Suzanne as well as tracks from his new album Old Ideas.
Leonard Cohen has announced the first round of European gigs for his upcoming world tour, with more dates set to be unveiled in due course.
Cohen’s European leg will kick off in Belgium with two shows at St. Peter’s Square. He is due to visit Ireland in September with gigs booked in Dublin on the 11th and 12th, with he final show of these initial concerts arriving on October 7th in Lisbon, Portugal.
Leonard Cohen is embarking on his latest world tour in support of the recent ‘Old Ideas‘ album, which was released in January this year.
August 12th – Ghent, Belgium – St. Peter’s Square
August 14th – Ghent, Belgium – St. Peter’s Square
August 25th – Copenhagen, Denmark – Rosenborg Castle
August 26th – Aalborg, Denmark – Molleparken
August 28th – Bergen, Norway – Bergenhus Festning-Koengen
August 31st – Gothenberg, Sweden – Tradgardsforeningen
September 2nd – Helsinki, Finland – Sonera Stadium
September 5th – Berlin, Germany – Wuhlheide
September 6th – Monchengladbach, Germany – Hockey Field
September 11th – Dublin, Ireland – Imma
September 12th – Dublin, Ireland – Imma
September 25th – Verona, Italy – Verona Arena
September 28th – Paris, France – Olympia
September 29th – Paris, France – Olympia
September 30th – Paris, France – Olympia
October 3rd – Barcelona, Spain – St. Jordi
October 5th – Madrid, Spain – Palais Desportes
October 7th – Lisbon, Portugal – Pavilhao Atlantico
Leonard Cohen knows that’s a very sneaky title to use at this stage of his career. Offering us the knife and showing us where best to stab him in the back, you might expect most who hear this album to proffer an embarrassed “Oh no, not at all Len, it’s dynamic and exciting, what are you talking about?”
He chose the title. He knows what kind of music he’s made, and beating us to saying it aloud doesn’t make it any less true. So do not expect dynamic or exciting ideas here. Now you know that, the next few paragraphs should go a little easier. Actually, this is only his twelfth studio album. Strange to realise that of a singer/songwriter who’s been doing this since the mid ‘60s.
Less strange is the realisation that these songs tip Cohen’s singer/poet persona very much in the latter’s favour. He’s not singing so much as he is speaking lyrically. Like Dylan or Waits, a lifetime of smoking and hard living has eroded the man’s voice away into a sort of rumbling, raspy croak. Cohen never pretended to be a star vocalist, but that’s just fine by us. He’s 78 years old, and there’s more character and depth in his crackly whisper than half the warbly singers sitting at the toppermost of the poppermost.
Entitled ‘Old Ideas‘, the record will be released on January 31st 2012 in the US, with a UK release expected to come a day earlier, and will contain 10 previously unreleased tracks. A first taster from the album is likely to arrive within the next few days, when ‘Show Me The Place‘ is streamed online.
Adam Cohen told BBC News he has been called into the sessions on a consultancy basis, but was also quick to dismiss the idea of a full blown collaboration between himself and his father at some stage in the future.
The publication quotes a source claiming actor Robert Pattinson, who had previously been considered as the front-runner for the role, has been beaten at the final post.
R.E.M’s 1992 single ‘Everybody Hurts‘, taken from their classic album ‘Automatic For The People‘, is the track most likely to cause a few tears amongst male music lovers, according to a new survey.
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