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Leonard Cohen Wrapping World Tour in December

Singer-songwriter announces four U.S. dates, after which he'll head into the studio

September 8, 2010 4:42 PM ET

Leonard Cohen will finally finish the world tour he started in 2008, after 15 years spent semi-retired, with four December gigs. The shows, kicking off December 4th in Honolulu, will be the singer-songwriter's first in the U.S. since last November. Cohen's fan club members will be able to buy tickets starting on September 24th, with sales to the public beginning the next day. After the shows Cohen will begin work on the follow-up to his 2004 album Dear Heather.
 
Read Rolling Stone's review of Leonard Cohen's Beacon Theatre performance, his first U.S. gig since 1993.
 
New Tour Dates
December 4: Honolulu, HI @ Blaisdell Concert Hall
December 8: Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Theater Of The Clouds
December 10: Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
December 11: Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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