Update 5 June 2012: Multiple changes have been made in the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour schedule. For the current schedule, see LeonardCohenFiles 2012 Tour.
Tour Opens August 12, 2012 In Ghent – North America In Fall
Tickets go on sale March 30, 2012 – Presale NOW For Helsinki
Update 30 March 2012; 5:37 AM: See 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Update: Istanbul, Bucharest & 2 Ghent Dates Added, UK Show?
Update 29 March 2012; 2:16 PM: Venue Corrections:
Sept 5: Berlin, Germany, Waldbühne
Sept 6: Mönchengladbach, Germany, Mönchengladbach Hockeypark
Note: The full tour schedule is not completed. The dates and venues in the announcement below are only those that have thus far been confirmed.
Update: Presale Information For Helsinki, Aalborg, Bergen, Ghent, and Gothenburg/Dublin/Verona/Paris
Presale information is now available at LeonardCohenForum
AEG Press Release: Leonard Cohen Announces Old Ideas World Tour 2012
“Baby I’ve been here before, I know this room I’ve walked this floor…”
26 March 2012 — Following the release of Leonard Cohen’s highly acclaimed twelfth studio album ‘Old Ideas,’ the legendary singer/songwriter/poet will once again return to the stage with an all new tour and #1 Album.
To the delight of his legions of fans, the magnetic and inimitable Leonard Cohen returns to the scene with the most emotive, poignant and legendary concerts yet. The World Tour will begin August 12, 2012 in Belgium, St Peters Square, Ghent. Tickets go on sale March 30, 2012. Leonard will return to North America this Fall, details to be announced soon. For more information visit www.Leonardcohen.com.
In his sixth decade of producing critically acclaimed music, Leonard Cohen remains at the top of his game and is arguably one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. Reaching unprecedented heights, ‘Old Ideas’ debuted at #1 across the globe and is the highest charting album of Cohen’s career. Worldwide praise has been mounting for this highly anticipated collection of new material with The Telegraph declaring it as a “work of genius.”
Citing W.B Yeats, Irving Layton and Walt Whitman as literary influences Cohen first shot to the forefront of the music industry in the 60’s and has remained an inspirational talent and contributor to the industry since he first emerged. His lyrics of lust, love, religion, death and seclusion have enlightened fans and musicians worldwide. Boasting an estimated 1,330 covers of his original songs, Leonard Cohen’s work has enamoured the likes of U2, REM, Nick Cave and the late Johnny Cash, among many others.
His albums Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), The Future (1993) and Ten New Songs (2001) are rightly considered classics along with the beautiful singles “Hallelujah” and “Suzanne”. His literary genius and unique musical talent are as legendary as the man himself.
Leonard Cohen earned rave reviews throughout his triumphant 2008-2010 World Tour, with The Observer praising the show as “An evening of pure gold,” while The Daily Telegraph plainly stated “immaculate, beautiful, exquisite.” The Independent reported that “to hear him sing is still an experience to truly make young women and romantics shiver and sweat” and Toronto Sun declared Leonard Cohen “Charming, funny, poignant, smart, sharp, sexy… he is still a ladykiller.” Daily Express hailed that “Leonard Cohen is special and this concert – all two-and-a-half-hours of it – was unforgettable” and Irish Independent recounted that “What I witnessed was soul inspiring on every level, I have never been so moved by a performance, everything about the night was magical.” The Times suggested “On this kind of grand autumnal form, he should tour every year.”
Backing Leonard Cohen on the 2012 Tour will be
- Roscoe Beck – bass & vocal (Musical Director)
- Sharon Robinson – vocal
- Charlie and Hattie Webb – vocal, guitar, harp
- Neil Larsen – keyboard, accordion, brass instruments
- Bob Metzger – guitar, steel guitar, vocal
- Javier Mas – acoustic guitar, oud & misc string instrument
- Rafael Gayol – drums & percussion
- Dino Soldo – keyboard, saxophone, wind instruments & vocal
- Alexandru Bublitchi – violin
The only change from the 2008-2010 Word Tour is the addition of Alex Bublitchi. Alex was the violinist for Acordes con Leonard Cohen, the series of Spanish tribute concerts that resulted in an album. Acordes con Leonard Cohen was when we were first introduced to Javier Mas. Here are two videos from Acordes con Leonard Cohen that feature Alex:
The Gypsy’s Wife
Dance Me To The End Of Love
And here is Alex performing with Javier and Mario, Javier’s son, last summer