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Leonard Cohen Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. 2012

For the longest time Leonard Cohen was blessed with the kind of career most artists can only dream about: his back catalog was sufficiently revered by a cult of devotees to keep moving units, but not so broadly popular that his fame might disturb the hermetic semiretirement that he'd been settling into for a couple decades. Then two things conspired to shove him back out into the spotlight: he discovered in the mid-2000s that his longtime manager had embezzled most of his savings, and at about the same time his 1984 single "Hallelujah" unexpectedly became a staple of karaoke nights and televised singing contests. Cohen may have been reluctant about returning to touring, but he's thrown himself into it with gusto. At the Chicago Theatre in early 2009, he stalked the stage like a man one-fourth his age, and his Jehovah-like baritone was shockingly undiminished by time—as was his ability to seduce several thousand listeners at a go. I kept finding myself in tears, not even at one of the many heartbreaking passages in his songbook, but just at the overwhelming beauty of the entire experience. —Miles Raymer

Price: $27.50-$250

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