Leonard Cohen Brings World Tour to North America

Earlier this year, Leonard Cohen announced the first dates of his upcoming world tour, though they included no North American dates. The native Canadian singer/songwriter has now changed that, announcing an extensive tour around the continent for this fall.

The tour will kick off on Halloween night at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas, and is expected to run through December 20 when the troubadour arrives at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In between, Cohen will visit cities including Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto and Boston.

The North American tour will follow previously announced European dates that will take place this summer. Throughout his journeys around the world, Cohen will be supporting his most recent album, Old Ideas.

The album, which is his 12th studio album, was released in January, and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 albums charts. This placement marks the highest position of any of Cohen’s albums throughout his long career.

Cohen had been conspicuously absent from the touring circuit from the mid-1990s until he returned to the stage for an extensive world tour in 2008. That tour lasted until 2010, and Cohen attributes his return to financial obligations.

After having most of his life savings depleted during a dispute with a former manager, Cohen was forced to return to the touring world. Earlier this year, the 77-year-old spoke to Rolling Stone about the situation.

“I was able to restore my tiny fortune within a year or so,” he said in the interview. “But I kept on touring.”

If his current tour is any indications, he seems to be enjoying being back in the spotlight, which is great for his legion of fans. Cohen released his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, back in 1967. That album included now legendary songs like “So Long, Marianne,” “Suzanne” and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.” The latter two were recorded by Judy Collins around the same time, bringing wider exposure to Cohen.