Public on-sale to his
first American concert appearance since 1993 will be on Friday.
By Fred Mills
Way back when BLURT was just a little ol’ print publication
called Harp we were the proud
participants in one of the very few U.S. interviews Leonard Cohen granted to
coincide with the Columbia/Legacy roll-out of remastered titles from his back
catalog. In the interview (published in the June ’07 Harp) Cohen commented on the likelihood of his embarking upon a
tour, something he hadn’t done in 14 years:
“I haven’t been out since ’93. The years went by and I
thought ‘I’ll never go out again.’ But every so often you do have that itch.
You’ve heard that saying in rock ‘n’ roll, they don’t pay you to sing, they pay
you to travel. But you forget about that stuff. The actual concerts are always
compelling. If you’ve got good musicians, and you’re playing, and people know
the songs, and they want to hear them live, it is a wonderful thing. And so I’m
drawn to that.”
Well, he got that itch last year, of course, touring Canada, the UK
and Europe last summer and then the UK
and Europe again in the fall. He’s currently
scheduled to do dates in Australia
and New Zealand
starting Jan. 20 and running through Feb. 10, but the big news for American
fans is that the bard will be doing a special one-night show in New York at the
2,800-capacity Beacon Theatre on Feb. 19. This is essentially a teaser: he’s
planning on doing a full U.S.
and western Canada
tour starting in April.
A special pre-sale for the event starts TODAY, from 2pm
until 10pm EST only, and you’ll have to go to this page on his website or at this Ticketbastard page to get a
link and a password before obtaining tickets, which will range from $250
(orchestra) to $65 (top balcony).
Meawhile, for the public on-sale, tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com,
Beacontheatre.com and charge-by-phone at (866) 858-0008 beginning on Friday, January 16th at 9:00 AM. If tickets remain, they will be available for purchase
beginning Saturday, January, 17th at Madison Square
Garden and Radio City Box
offices. Tickets for patrons with disabilities may also be purchased by calling
luck, punters. This’ll be an instant sellout no doubt…