After skipping over the United States during his 2008 world tour, legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has finally announced plans for a full-fledged North American...

After skipping over the United States during his 2008 world tour, legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has finally announced plans for a full-fledged North American tour. The 28-city tour, promoted in the U.S. by AEG Live, begins April 2 at The Long Center in Austin, TX, and wraps June 2 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.

Cohen’s run includes several multiple-night engagements across the nation: April 10-11 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA; April 13-14 at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA; May 5-6 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; May 16-17 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY; and May 29-30 at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA.

More than 10 concerts are booked across Canada, as well, including an April 19 show at GM Place in Vancouver, BC, and a May 25-26 stand at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON. Initial ticket sales for the whole outing begin on February 27, with additional onsales following from March 2 through March 9.

“We are delighted to finally bring this phenomenal tour to the USA,” said Rob Hallett, the president of international touring for AEG Live, in a statement. “Having spent the last 12 months touring the World, from Romania to Australia from London to Rome, America will now get the opportunity to see the show that has enthralled over 750,000 concert goers across the world to date.”

The North American tour announcement comes on the heels of Cohen’s February 19 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The sold-out show was the iconic vocalist’s first performance in the U.S. since 1993 and received rave reviews from critics.

The influential singer-songwriter was also previously announced as one of the performers for the April 17 opening of the 10th annual Coachella Festival. Festival promoter Goldenvoice, a division of AEG, has since described the festival engagement as a sunset performance.

Since his 1967 debut “Songs of Leonard Cohen,” the 74-year-old performer has been heralded as one of the world’s most influential songwriters. His rich voice, paired with an expert exploration of themes ranging from sexuality to spirituality, earned an international following that has remained strong through his most recent album release, 2004’s “Dear Heather.”


Leonard Cohen itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 2 Austin, TX The Long Center
April 3 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
April 5 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
April 7 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall
April 10 – 11 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
April 13 – 14 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre of the Arts
April 17 Indio, CA Coachella
April 19 Vancouver, BC GM Place
April 21 Victoria, BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
April 23 Seattle, WA WaMu Theatre at Qwest Field Events Centre
April 25 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
April 26 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall
April 28 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
April 30 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
May 3 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
May 5 – 6 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
May 9 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
May 10 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 12 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music
May 14 Waterbury, CT Palace Theatre
May 16 – 17 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
May 19 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
May 21 Quebec City, QC Pavillon de la Jeunesse
May 22 Kingston, ON Kingston Regional Sports & Entertainment Centre
May 24 London, ON John Labatt Centre
May 25 – 26 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre
May 29 – 30 Boston, MA Wang Theatre
June 2 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre