Another Tour By Cohein

One of the philosophers of the music world, Canadian poet, novelist and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is back on stage after 15 years.

The first concert in Europe on Cohen’s ‘2009 World Tour’, which he launched in Canada on 26 April, was held in the German city of Cologne on 1 July. The artist, who gave two concerts at Istanbul’s Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater on 5-6 August, sang such Cohen classics as ‘Dance Me To The End Of Love’, ‘Famous  Blue Raincoat’, ‘Suzanne’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘So Long Marianne’, ‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘First We Take Manhattan’.

Performing in Istanbul for the first time in his career spanning more than forty years, Cohen is continuing his 2009 World Tour with concerts in Spain, France, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Rumania and again Spain, culminating in Barcelona on 21 September where he will celebrate his 75th birthday. The 74-year-old Cohen is going to set a record by giving 40 concerts in more than 34 cities in 16 different European countries.

Cohen and more
Born in 1934, Leonard Cohen first took up the guitar at age 13 to impress a girl. His first book of poetry was ‘Let Us Compare Mythologies’ (1956).

Earning international acclaim and a 2000 dollar scholarship with his second book of poems, ‘The Spice Box of Earth’, published in 1961, Cohen bought a cottage on the Greek island of Hydra and went into seclusion.

Deciding to go into music at the age of 32, the artist took his songs to a recording company and was told, ‘You’re a little old for this business!’