Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Leonard Cohen adds Tampa tour date

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leonard Cohen, the author of the contemporary hymn "Hallelujah" and numerous other masterful songs, will return to the Straz Center on March 18 after an acclaimed 3-hour show at the Tampa venue in 2009.

Regularly priced tickets start at $59.50 and go on sale at noon Jan. 18.

Cohen’s current group features former Sarasotan and Gregg Allman Band leader Neil Larsen (keyboards & Hammond B3 accordion), Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters (background vocals), Roscoe Beck (musical director and bass), Mitch Watkins (guitar), Javier Mas (bandurria, laud, archilaud, 12-string acoustic guitar), Rafael Gayol (drums, percussion) and Alexandru Bublitchi (violin).

Cohen's latest album, the excellent 'Old Ideas," features the poignant, humorous, heaven-bound farewell song "Going Home," which Rolling Stone ranks among the best of 2012.

Information: 800-955-1045 and

—Leonard Cohen file photo by Chris Pizzello — Associated Press

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