Critically acclaimed music legend Leonard Cohen returned to Vector Arena for another enigmatic performance, along with his incredible nine-piece band featuring the likes of Sharon Robinson, the infamous Webb sisters and musical director Roscoe Beck.
These are Cohen’s first performances in NZ since 2010. An artist who requires no introduction, he is arguably the greatest singer-songwriter of modern times. His foundations as a poet can be seen throughout his colourful and emotive songwriting, and he 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.
Cohen’s songs have been famously covered by a variety of artists. From Judy Collin’s “Suzanne” to Jeff Buckley’s seminal rendition of “Hallelujah”, his songs have travelled as far and wide as their author. U2, REM, Sting, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright ane the late Johnny Cash are among the other famous devotees.
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 UK confirm that some things get better with age, like fine wine, cheese and Leonard Cohen!
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