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Leonard Cohen tour reaches Europe

June 17, 2008

After a series of warm-ups in Canada, the Leonard Cohen tour finally hit Europe over the weekend, with two gigs in Dublin which, just like the overseas shows, were praised to the skies.

Leonard is reportedly in great voice and form, playing looooooooong gigs of about 25 songs. (By comparison, Dylan shows are a regulation 17 songs long).

Cohen plays Manchester (why?) for four nights from Tuesday 17 June, then moves to continental Europe. I’m salivating at the prospect of the London show, on 17 July.

Here’s the second Dublin show setlist – it looks wonderful:

DUBLIN 14 June

Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Ain’t No Cure For Love
Bird on a Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who by Fire

Tower of Song
The Gypsy’s Wife
Boogie Street
I’m Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (Recited)
Take This Waltz

Waiting for a Miracle
First We Take Manhattan

That Don’t Make it Junk
If It Be Your Will (1st 2 verses recited by Leonard, remainder sung by Webb Sisters)
Closing Time

I Tried to leave you

Whither Thou Goest

I’m following the tour on the marvellous fanlist –

Gerry Smith

Leonard Cohen tour dates

March 11, 2008

The Leonard Cohen tour dates, announced this morning, are disappointing if you’re English: a choice of Manchester – I’d rather visit Baghdad – and London’s cavernous O2 Arena – ditto. 

Looks like Montreux or Nice for me!  



 Leonard Cohen European tour 2008 (You heard it here first #2) 

In mid-2007, like a voice in the wilderness, Music for Grown-Ups was confidently speculating that Leonard Cohen would tour Europe this summer, after years without live shows.

Well, blow, me: Leonard’s 2008 European tour dates are set to be announced early next week!

Watch this space …


Leonard Cohen live – looking a bit more likely  

Earlier speculation about possible Leonard Cohen London shows (see below) looks a bit more accurate with the news that Lenny is appearing in a free pre-show “conversation” with Philip Glass at The Barbican at 6pm on Sat 20 0ctober. 

The show itself is a performance of Glass’s treatment of Book Of Longing, Cohen’s new volume of poetry, set for voices and instruments (but not, note, Leonard himself). 

Leonard Cohen?  Free?  What?   

Well, there’s a snag – you need a ticket for the main gig to get in to the pre-show talk.  And the main gig is, er, sold out.  It was already sold out in the new Barbican programme – which arrived today.  I wonder where it was first advertised?     


Leonard Cohen set to tour? 

Leonard Cohen’s portrait on the cover of new issue of The Word, following loads and loads of recent UK press, makes me think that we’re about to see Leonard touring England – after such a long break. 

He can’t surely be doing the press rounds in support of the slightly expanded reissues of the first three albums, or Anjani, his companion’s, new album of Leonard material.  There simply has to be a bigger picture.   

I’ve never seen Lenny live, but, then, who has?  He hasn’t toured – anywhere – in 14 years If, like many grown-ups, you’re excited by the interface where pop culture (rock) meets high culture (literature), Lenny is certainly your man.  

Watch this space…   

Gerry Smith