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Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality and interpersonal relationships. Famously reclusive, having once spent several years in a Zen Buddhist monastery, and possessing a persona frequently associated with mystique, he is extremely well-regarded by critics for his literary accomplishments, for the richness of his lyrics, and for producing an output of work of high artistic quality over a five-decade career. Over 2,000 renditions of Cohen's songs have been recorded. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. While giving the speech at Cohen's induction into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008, Lou Reed described Cohen as belonging to the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters."

About Leonard Cohen

Musically, Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1967 album, Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music. In the 1970s, his material encompassed pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s, his high baritone voice has evolved into lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from a wide variety of instruments and female backup singers.

Cohen's 2008-2009 world tour has been prolonged well into 2010. Originally scheduled to start in March, the first dozen of original European dates have been postponed to September and October due to Cohen's lower-back injury. The tour started July 25, 2010 in Arena Zagreb, Croatia, where 16 of Cohen's albums simultaneously entered the Croatian Top 40, and continued through August, with stops in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, and Ireland, where on 31 July 2010 Cohen performed at Lissadell House in County Sligo. It was Cohen’s eighth Irish concert in just two years after a hiatus of more than 20 years. On August 12 Cohen played 200th show of the tour, in Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, where he already played in October 2008; the show was four hours long.

The Fall leg of the European tour started in early September in Florence, Italy, and continued through Germany, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Austria, where Cohen performed at the famous open-air opera stage of Römersteinbruch bei St. Margarethen im Burgenland, with slated dates in France, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, and Slovakia. On November 27, 2010, Cohen will give a benefit concert for the Cambodian Red Cross at Phnom Penh National Olympic Stadium. The third leg of the 2010 tour is announced for Australia and New Zealand, with the special four US dates as "final fourth dates" of the 2009-2010 tour, two final shows being at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

During 2010 shows, Cohen has regularly performed three unreleased songs-in-progress, "The Darkness", "Feels So Good", and "Born In Chains", saying on his Forum they are part of the forthcoming album. At least one more song has been tried out at the daily sound checks.