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Leonard Cohen Sets North American Tour Dates

Trek will kick off in Austin on Halloween

May 3, 2012 9:00 AM ET
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Leonard Cohen performs in Victoria, Australia.
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Leonard Cohen has announced the dates for his 2012 North American tour in support of his new LP, Old Ideas. The trek will kick off on October 31st in Austin, Texas and run through December 20th in Brooklyn, New York, with tickets going on sale starting May 18th. Cohen's Old Ideas tour kicks off in Europe this August.

When Rolling Stone spoke to the 77-year-old songwriter earlier this year, he was conflicted about returning to the road. "I have two minds," said Cohen. "I don't like to do a small tour, so whether I'm going to sign up for for another couple of years...is that really where I want to be? Maybe it is…touring is like taking the first step on a walk to China. It's a serious commitment, so there are a lot of factors to be examined."

In 2008, Leonard Cohen went on his first tour in 15 years. "I never thought I'd tour again, although I did have dreams," Cohen said. "Sometimes my dreams would entail me being up onstage and not remembering the words or the chords. It had a nightmarish quality, which did not invite me to pursue the enterprise." The tour ran for over two years and earned rave reviews. When it wrapped up in late 2010 after 247 shows, Cohen began work on New Ideas, which hit shelves on January 31st.

Just last month, Cohen's former business manager Kelly Lynch was sentenced to prison for 18 months for repeatedly harassing the singer. "It gives me no pleasure to see my onetime friend shackled to a chair in a court of law," Cohen told the judge, "her considerable gifts bent to the service of darkness, deceit and revenge." Lynch and Cohen worked together for 17 years, but he fired her in 2004 and accused her of stealing $5 million from his savings. Cohen's return to the road in 2008 was partially motivated by a need to regain his retirement savings. 

Here are Cohen's new tour dates:

10/31 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
11/3 Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
11/5 Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
11/7 San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
11/9 Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11/11 Portland, OR - Rose Garden
11/12 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
11/16 Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
11/18 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
11/20 Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
11/23 Chicago, IL - Akoo Theatre
11/26 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
11/28 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
12/2 Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi
12/4 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
12/7 Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
12/11 London, ON - John Labatt Centre
12/13 Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre           
12/15 Boston, MA - The Wang Theatre
12/18 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
12/20 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

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