Leonard Cohen to Tour
Gloomy balladeer hits road for first time in 15 years
By Michael Quinn,  Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2008 5:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – The man Lou Reed called “one of the most important songwriters of our time” will hit the road this summer. Leonard Cohen, 73, will kick off his first tour in 15 years in his native Canada and then head to Europe, the Independent reports. So far, there are no US dates for Cohen, who was enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Cohen’s melancholy music has won him endless accolades in the industry—he’s been covered more than 1,300 times, by the likes of Johnny Cash, Jeff Buckley and the Pixies. His equally eclectic tour venues will see fans flocking from the Vienna Opera House to the UK’s Glastonbury Festival. “This will be the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the legend,” said his promoter.