Concert announcement: Leonard Cohen at the St. Pete Times Forum

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While the acclaimed singer/songwriter/poet is currently dazzling crowds across Europe, his fall return to the U.S. will mark the final engagements of the intimate, superbly crafted concert tour. Encore performances have been added in a number of cities, including New York for a fourth and final show; Philadelphia for one of the last concerts ever at the soon-to-be-closed Wachovia Spectrum; as well as a third concert in Chicago, IL.

The second North American leg will extend Cohen’s phenomenal series of concerts, which have been overwhelmingly received both at home and abroad. Countless five-star reviews have followed the tour across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As the London Daily Telegraph plainly stated, it is "an extraordinary night of music," while the UK’s Champion Newspapers remarked that concertgoers “were more reverential to the great man…and appeared to hang on his every word.” The Liverpool Daily Post stated that Cohen “seemed to be more a man worshipping than simply singing hits…the care with which he shaped, uttered and offered each word gave the song a sacred, prayer-like quality.”

Mr. Cohen’s current band features Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters (background vocals), Roscoe Beck (musical director & bass), Neil Larsen (keyboards & Hammond B3 accordion), Bob Metzger (electric, acoustic & pedal steel guitar), Javier Mas (bandurria, laud, archilaud, 12-string acoustic guitar), Rafael Gayol (drums, percussion), Dino Soldo (sax, clarinet, dobro, keys).

In conjunction with the tour, Columbia Records released Leonard Cohen's Live In London on March 31, 2009. The CD and DVD release contains a musical chronicle of the legendary musician's historic July 17, 2008 concert at London's O2 arena.

Leonard Cohen 2009 North American Tour – Second Leg

Sat, Oct 17, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center

Mon, Oct 19, 2009 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum

Tue, Oct 20, 2009 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre

Thu, Oct 22, 2009 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Spectrum

Fri, Oct 23, 2009 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Sun, Oct 25, 2009 Cleveland, OH Allen Theatre

Tue, Oct 27, 2009 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre

Thu, Oct 29, 2009 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre

Sun, Nov 01, 2009 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Tue, Nov 03, 2009 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center

Thu, Nov 05, 2009 Nashville, TN Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Andrew Jackson Hall)

Sat, Nov 07, 2009 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre

Mon, Nov 09, 2009 Kansas City, MO The Midland by AMC

Thu, Nov 12, 2009 Las Vegas, NV The Colosseum® at Caesars Palace®

Fri, Nov 13, 2009 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose

Exciting news folks. Due to an apparent overwhelming demand, Leonard Cohen (pictured, photo credit: Lorca Cohen) brings his world tour back to North America and adds some dates, including a surprising two-date Florida leg that features the artist at the BankAtlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, October 17, and the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Monday, October 19. (Wonder what he's doing in the Sunshine State between dates) Tickets sale details will be released Monday, August 3...

Here's the release

Los Angeles, CA – July 22, 2009 – To the delight of his legions of fans, Leonard Cohen will once again return to the U.S. this fall for the final leg of his critically acclaimed 2009 World Tour. Since taking the stage earlier this year at New York’s Beacon Theatre—his first stateside performance in more than fifteen years—Mr. Cohen has enchanted audiences, earning rave reviews and sold-out concerts across the globe. The highly anticipated 15-date trek kicks off October 17th at BankAtlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and culminates on November 13th in San Jose, CA, which is the fourth Northern California date of the tour. Tickets for the newly added concerts will go on sale beginning Monday, August 3, 2009. Additional tour information is available at and (Complete tour date additions listed after the jump)

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