Leonard Cohen Returning to New Zealand This Summer!

Published: Tue 30 Jul 2013 09:26 AM
Leonard Cohen Returning to New Zealand This Summer!
The Frontier Touring Company is delighted to confirm the return of critically acclaimed music legend Leonard Cohen to Australia and New Zealand for a series of enigmatic performances throughout November and December.
Cohen - along with his incredible nine piece band featuring the likes of Sharon Robinson, the infamous Webb Sisters and musical director Roscoe Beck - will be performing to audiences across Australia’s major cities as well as performances in regional towns Cairns, Townsville and Wollongong. Australians will also be treated to two very special a day on the green performances at Hunter Valley’s Bimbadgen Winery (NSW) and Geelong’s The Hill Winery (VIC).
New Zealanders will have the opportunity to see the immeasurable performer in December as he plays to audiences in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
These are Cohen’s first performances in our countries since his 2010 fourteen-date tour which included Frontier Touring’s very first performance at the iconic and beautiful Hanging Rock. Cohen’s soulful voice and the stunning ambience of Hanging Rock were clearly a winning combination as the performance earned Cohen the Helpmann Award for Best International Contemporary Concert and overwhelming acclaim.
An artist who requires no introduction, Cohen is arguably the greatest singer songwriter of modern times. His foundations as a poet can be seen throughout his colourful and emotive songwriting, Cohen has created an anthology of songs that indulge the senses and stay with you long after the music finishes.
Uniquely for such an iconic musician, Cohen’s literary praise rivals that received for his music. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, which sits alongside his inductions into both America and Canada’s Music Hall Of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
At his induction into the American Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, he was recognised by Lou Reed as “without question one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater mystery and depth as time goes on”.
Casting an eye across Cohen’s musical offerings across his decades as a performer, there is no doubt of Reed’s claim. Albums like Songs Of Leonard Cohen (1967), Songs Of Love And Hate (1970) and I’m Your Man (1990), right up to 1992’s The Future, 2001’s Ten New Songs, 2004’s Dear Heather and last years Old Ideas are rightly considered classics.
Revered not only by critics and audiences but also by fellow musicians, Cohen’s songs have been famously covered by a variety of artists, each version a fascinating insight on Cohen’s impact and lasting influence on the music industry.
From Judy Collins’ ‘Suzanne’ to Jeff Buckley’s seminal rendition of ‘Hallelujah’, Cohen’s songs have travelled as far and wide as their author. U2, REM, Sting, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and the late Johnny Cash are among the other famous devotees. It is estimated that his songbook has been covered over 1,330 times by other recording artists.
With a career spanning six decades and sell out shows around the world, the hunger to see this highly influential writer, poet and troubadour remains undiminished.
Since returning to the stage in 2008 after a 15-year hiatus, Cohen has lost nothing in his years off the road and his shows have quickly been recognised as musical history. Recent performances across the United Kingdom confirm that some things get better with age, like fine wine, cheese and Leonard Cohen:
‘This was a prayer meeting, not only for the crowd... Such is the reverence, so eager are people not to miss a beat, that they don't even sing along. Every song – all the hits, plus a handful from last year's Old Ideas – beams out pure, with a slight sibilant echo from the O2's walls’ – The Guardian
‘His three-hour sets are the Sistine Chapel ceiling of live performance: their exquisite beauty renders you silent, sometimes tearful but always grateful to have been able to experience such radiance and majesty. – The Telegraph
Don’t miss the magnetic and inimitable Leonard Cohen as he returns to Australia and New Zealand with his emotive, poignant and legendary concerts. Tickets on sale from 10am local time, Monday 12 August.
Advance tickets for the Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland shows of Leonard Cohen’s 2013 tour will be available to all Visa Credit, Debit and Prepaid cardholders from 11am (local time) Tuesday 6 August 2013 until 11am (local time) Thursday 8 August 2013 or until presale tickets sell out at
Frontier Members pre-sale via
Thu 8 Aug 2pm AEST to Fri 9 Aug 2pm AEST
General public on sale from 10am local time, Monday 12 August
Wed 13 Nov Perth | Perth Arena (All Ages) | Ph: 132 849
Sat 16 Nov Sydney | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) | Ph: 136 100
Wed 20 Nov Melbourne | Rod Laver Arena (All Ages) | Ph: 132 849
Sat 23 Nov Hunter Valley | Bimbadgen Winery (All Ages)
(a day on the green) | Ph: 136 100
Tue 26 Nov Cairns | Convention Centre (All Ages) | 1300 855 835
Thu 28 Nov Townsville | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) | Ph: 07 4771 4000
Sat 30 Nov Brisbane | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) | Ph: 132 849
Wed 4 Dec Wollongong | WIN Entertainment Centre (All Ages) | Ph: 132 849
Sat 7 Dec Geelong | The Hill Winery (All Ages)
(a day on the green) | Ph: 136 100
Wed 11 Dec Adelaide | Entertainment Centre (All Ages) | Ph: 132 849
Sat 14 Dec Christchurch | CBS Arena (All Ages) | Ph: 0800 842 538
Tue 17 Dec Wellington | TSB Bank Arena (All Ages) | Ph: 0800 842 538
Sat 21 Dec Auckland | Vector Arena (All Ages) | Ph: 0800 111 999 | |
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