That there is still a warm place in popular culture for that brilliant rapscallion of romance, Leonard Cohen, says something good about our time.
Cohen has just added a second North American leg to his “Old Ideas World Tour,” including a performance March 20 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. The AEG Live tour celebrates Cohen’s 12th studio album, "Old Ideas," which debuted at No. 1 across the globe, and is the highest charting album of his career.
Tickets for the Miami concert and the tour are available at this link.
As the Los Angeles Times' Randall Roberts observed in a Leonard Cohen concert review from a November tour stop, the singer has lost none of his vigor:
… The singer, whose face shows every one of those 78 years while the spring in his step suggests a giddy adolescent, stated his intention, wrapped in bittersweet language: "If we do not meet again, I promise you that tonight we will give you everything we've got."
Cohen's generosity was real — nearly 30 songs worth — and it confirmed his place as one of the most accomplished songwriters of the past four decades. ... A Zen romantic who at turns spoke of love in ways both lusty and mystical, Cohen guided this band through a set that also included such classics as “Suzanne,” “The Future,” “Hallelujah,” “Come Healing,” “So Long, Marianne,” “Famous Blue Raincoat” and “First, We Take Manhattan.”
By turns witty, cynical, meditative, resolved, glum and euphoric, Cohen's songs may be part of a run of dates he's dubbed “The Old Ideas Tour,” but ... he confirmed them to be as durable as the ages. The same might be said of the artist himself: When Cohen was finished, the old man skipped off the stage like a schoolboy in love.”
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