Thursday, February 26, 2009

Leonard Cohen: Tour - Paramount In April, Presales Tomorrow

If, amidst all of the Noise Pop excitement, you can manage to drag yourself away and pay attention to what else is going on, then check this: folk/rock legend Leonard Cohen will be touring the US this spring for the first time in 15 years. The ramifications of this are far reaching: For one, that's just a long time. For another, Cohen is a major force in rock music being what it is today, and is revered by everyone from Bono to Willie Nelson. But more than anything (and we'll try to say this as un-pessimistically as possible): the man is 74.

Now, we're certainly not thinking bad thoughts, but the simple fact of the matter is that even if Cohen has many years ahead of him, there's a point at which one simply stops dealing with the hassle of touring. What's more, Cohen's decidedly infrequent touring schedule makes all the more case for the idea that if you want to see him, you should see him now.

Cohen's tour crosses all of North America (with a heavy emphasis on Cohen's home country of Canada), and his Bay Area stop will be at the Paramount Theater in Oakland on April 13th. There's a presale tomorrow morning at 10 AM, with the normal on-sale Monday. Click here and use the code "takethiswaltz" to get your tickets. For those of you not in the Bay Area, check the dates below.

Leonard Cohen Spring 2009 Dates
Apr 2, 2009 Austin, Texas Long Center for the Performing Arts

Apr 3, 2009 Grand Prairie, Texas NOKIA Theatre Grand Prairie

Apr 5, 2009 Phoenix, Arizona Dodge Theatre

Apr 7, 2009 San Diego, California Copley Symphony Hall

Apr 10, 2009 Los Angeles, California NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE

Apr 13, 2009 Oakland, California Paramount Theatre

Apr 19, 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia GM Place

Apr 21, 2009 Victoria, British Columbia Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Apr 23, 2009 Seattle, Washington WaMu Theater

Apr 25, 2009 Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place

Apr 26, 2009 Calgary, Alberta Jack Singer Concert Hall @ The Epcor Centre

Apr 28, 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
Apr 30, 2009 Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre

May 3, 2009 Minneapolis, Minnesota Orpheum Theatre

May 5, 2009 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Theatre

May 9, 2009 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre

May 11, 2009 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion

May 12, 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Music

May 14, 2009 Waterbury, Connecticut Palace Theater

May 16, 2009 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

May 19, 2009 Hamilton, Ontario Copps Coliseum

May 21, 2009 Quebec City, Quebec Pavillon de la Jeunesse

May 22, 2009 Kingston, Ontario K-Rock Centre

May 24, 2009 London, Ontario John Labatt Centre

May 25, 2009 Ottawa, Ontario National Arts Centre - Southam Hall

May 26, 2009 Ottawa, Ontario National Arts Centre - Southam Hall

May 29, 2009 Boston, Massachusetts Wang Theatre

Jun 2, 2009 Denver, Colorado Red Rocks Amphitheatre