Do I have to explain how much I love Leonard Cohen? Superb songwriter, fascinating singer. Still have my ancient copies of the first solo album, a collection of his poems, and things like "In My Secret Life." Even if no one ever covered "Hallelujah," he should still be considered one of the greats. Here is the announcement of the local gig:
By overwhelming demand, Leonard Cohen will return to the U.S. this fall for the second leg of his critically acclaimed 2009 World Tour. The highly anticipated tour will stop at Allen Theatre in Cleveland, OH for a performance on Sunday, October 25th. The legendary singer/songwriter/poet is currently delighting crowds across Europe and his fall return to North America, promoted by AEG Live, will mark the final engagements of the intimate, superbly crafted concert tour.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, August 3rd at 11:00 AM local time and can be purchased at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office, online at PlayhouseSquare.org or by calling 216-241-6000 or toll-free at 1- 866-546-1353. Event time and date are subject to change. For additional ticket sale information, visit www.LeonardCohen.com and www.AEGLive.com.
Since taking the stage earlier this year at New York’s Beacon Theatre—his first stateside performance in more than fifteen years—Mr. Cohen has enchanted audiences, earning rave reviews and sold-out concerts across the globe. Countless five-star reviews have followed the tour across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As the London Daily Telegraph plainly stated, it is "an extraordinary night of music," while the UK’s Champion Newspapers remarked that concertgoers “were more reverential to the great man…and appeared to hang on his every word.” The Liverpool Daily Post stated that Cohen “seemed to be more a man worshipping than simply singing hits…the care with which he shaped, uttered and offered each word gave the song a sacred, prayer-like quality.”
Mr. Cohen’s current band features Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters (background vocals), Roscoe Beck (musical director & bass), Neil Larsen (keyboards & Hammond B3 accordion), Bob Metzger (electric, acoustic & pedal steel guitar), Javier Mas (bandurria, laud, archilaud, 12-string acoustic guitar), Rafael Gayol (drums, percussion), Dino Soldo (sax, clarinet, dobro, keys).