Iconic vocalist Leonard Cohen returned to the international circuit last year after nearly 15 years away from the public stage. Now the 74-year-old singer has confirmed his first dates in the United States since 1993.
Cohen’s first performance is scheduled for February 19 at the recently renovated 2,800-seat Beacon Theatre in New York City. Tickets for the one-night event have a face value ranging from $65 to $250.
The influential singer-songwriter and poet is also featured on the long-awaited lineup for the 10th annual Coachella Festival, which has just been announced. Cohen will perform on the first day of the three-day event, April 17. One-day passes for the festival are priced at $99, plus applicable fees, while three-day passes are set at $269, plus fees.
Critics around the world heralded Cohen’s return to the stage in 2008. The Canadian-born performer launched his highly anticipated tour on May 11 in Fredericton, NB. Over the remainder of the summer, he toured more of his home nation, as well as Europe, receiving high praise after each performance.
A report from the BBC called Cohen’s voice “a force of supernature,” while the Independent in London, England, stated, “To hear him sing is still an experience to truly make young women and romantics shiver and sweat.”
Starting first as a poet and novelist, Cohen began his acclaimed musical career with the 1967 release “Songs of Leonard Cohen.” His rich voice, paired with an expert exploration of themes ranging from sexuality to spirituality, earned Cohen an international following that has remained strong through his most recent album release, 2004’s “Dear Heather.”
While many of Cohen’s songs have been covered and reinterpreted by various recording artists over the years, his 1984 hit “Hallelujah” has seen a recent resurgence in popular culture. Most famously, the song has been covered by singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley and musician Rufus Wainwright, among others.