Belfast Telegraph

Leonard Cohen adds date to tour

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has added a fourth and final show to his much anticipated return to Ireland later this year, organisers have announced.

The veteran artist was originally scheduled to play two nights at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, on September 11 and 12.

But a third date, September 14, was added last month after the gigs sold out within hours.

That extra night also sold out, prompting Cohen to agree to a fourth and final concert on Saturday September 15, with tickets going on sale at 9am on Monday May 28, promoters said.

"Leonard Cohen - never a performer to disappoint his audience has enthralled Irish audiences over the past few years," said a spokeswoman for organisers POD and AEG Live. "Such is the demand to see this legendary performer in action he has now pledged to play a fourth date."

Cohen is returning to the spot where he was reduced to tears by the Irish audience four years ago.

The 77-year-old singer broke a 10-year hiatus from live shows by performing in the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2008.

Overwhelmed by the reception at the performance, he recalled: "We were playing in Ireland and the reception was so warm that tears came to my eyes and I thought 'I can't be seen weeping at this point' - then I turned around and saw the guitar player weeping."

Cohen cites WB Yeats as one of his major inspirations and his work is some of the most re-recorded, with an estimated 1,330 original songs covered.

Tickets for the last show are priced from 79.50 euro.


From Belfast Telegraph