Leonard Cohen Sets NYC Show, Tour To Follow?
Last summer, the artist embarked on his first tour in 15 years, hitting a range of European venues, including England's massive Glastonbury Festival. The 25-plus-date tour was booked by AEG Live.
During the trek, Cohen backed by Roscoe Beck (bass & vocals, music director) Neil Larsen (keyboard, accordion, brass instruments), Bob Metzger (guitar, steel guitar & vocals), Javier Mas (acoustic guitar, oud & string instruments), Rafael Gayol (drums & percussion) and Dino Soldo (keyboard, saxophone, wind instruments & vocals).
Cohen has been in the spotlight lately thanks to "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke's cover of his song "Hallelujah." The U.K. newcomer scored the country's Christmas No. 1 and the biggest-selling single of 2008 with her version, which sold 888,000 copies in two weeks, according to the Official Charts Co.
Meanwhile, Jeff Buckley's version rocketed to No. 2 the week ending Dec. 21 when Burke debuted at No. 1, while Cohen's original was at No. 36.