These days, it seems there are legions of older gents concertizing like nobody’s business. There’s Bob Dylan, who’s 71. There’s 79-year-old Willy Nelson. And there is Tony Bennett, who is 86. For my money, there is no cooler grey-haired cat than Leonard Cohen. The 78-year-old’s lyrics are witty and profound. His voice has aged into a worn-leather bass that, emanating from well-like depths, might pass for the weary voice of God. And Cohen — who last night in Victoria was fedoraed and nattily suited as usual — radiates a hip Euro-sensibility that’s tough to beat. Backed by his crack nine-piece band, the bolo-tied one played for a sold-out crowd of 6,000.
From Review: No Cooler Cat Than Cohen by Adrian Chamberlain. Times Colonist: March 6, 2013. The complete review of the March 6, 2013 Leonard Cohen Victoria concert is available at the link.