Leonard Cohen plays U.S. show, releases live CD/DVD

February 16, 2009  |  1:32pm
Last year, Leonard Cohen announced an ambitious tour for the first time in 15 years. But much to Paste's chagrin, the Canadian singer, songwriter and poet skipped the States and headed straight overseas, to Portugal, UK, Sweden and Greece, among other locales.

But our hearts are now rejoicing (or at least the hearts of our Big-Apple readership are), because Cohen is finally gracing us with his presence. This Thursday, Feb. 19, he will perform at New York's Beacon Theatre.

Perhaps to soothe his ruffled conscious and all the other lonely U.S. cities, Cohen is also inviting us to participate in last year's epic tour, if only by disc. On March 31, he will release Live In London through Colombia Records. As the name suggests, this two-disc compilation documents Cohen's performance on July 17 at London's 02 Arena, where he sang classic songs from his catalogue of the last 40 years. 

On Friday Feb 13, the disc became available for pre-sale through Amazon and Cohen's performance of "Suzanne" became available as a stream. It may not be a States-wide, 20-city jaunt, but it'll have to do for now.

Tracklist:

Disc 1 
1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. The Future
3. Ain't No Cure For Love
4. Bird On The Wire
5. Everybody Knows
6. In My Secret Life
7. Who By Fire
8. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
9. Anthem
10. Introduction
11. Tower Of Song
12. Suzanne
13. The Gypsy's Wife

Disc 2 
1. Boogie Street
2. Hallelujah
3. Democracy
4. I'm Your Man
5. Recitation w/ N.L.
6. Take This Waltz
7. So Long, Marianne
8. First We Take Manhattan
9. Sisters Of Mercy
10. If It Be Your Will
11. Closing Time
12. I Tried To Leave You
13. Wither Thou Goest

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