Leonard Cohen Forced Out Of Retirement, To Play First US Concert In Over 15 Years



Veteran folk singer Leonard Cohen -- and favorite among indie rockers looking for an emotional song to cover -- has been forced back on the road after his business manager lost his retirement savings. The 74-year-old Canadian icon will play his first U.S. concert in more than 15 years when he plays the Beacon Theater in New York City on February 19. Tickets for the show at the 2,800-seat venue will go on sale on this Friday [January 23].

According to Yahoo via Reuters, a spokeswoman said she could not yet provide details of any additional shows, but Cohen has been on tour since May, playing shows across Canada and Europe. He is about to begin a trek through New Zealand and Australia.

Cohen rose to fame in the late 1960s with his poems, songs and novels steeped in detached romance. After his previous tour in the early 1990s, he retreated to a mountain near Los Angeles to become a Buddhist monk.

He resurfaced in 2005, claiming that his former manager and lover Kelley Lynch misappropriated more than $5 million, reducing his retirement account to $150,000. A Los Angeles court awarded him a $9 million civil judgment, but he has reportedly not been able to collect from Lynch.

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Leonard Cohen Forced Out Of Retirement, To Play First US Concert In Over 15 Years