Following his tour in 1994, Cohen spent the rest of the decade in seclusion at a monastary near Los Angeles. At that point, already in his sixties, it seemed safe to say we would never get the opportunity to see him perform again. Playing music in front of 10,000 people is about as opposite of seclusion as you can get.
In 2008, he returned to touring. It was speculated the reason for his return was financially driven. His former manager apparently drained his retirement fund. He has played shows all over the globe, yet a Portland appearance seemed unlikely. He's too big for Portland, right? Thankfully, the answer is no. I'm still amazed this is actually happening. All the huge names skip Portland.
Even at the age of 75, his voice is still as good as it ever was. Listening to Cohen speak has the ability to send chills down the spine, but singing, oh my. How does he have it in him to routinely perform three hour sets? I dare you to listen to his recently released Live In London album without tagging this show a must see.
Rose Garden Theater of the Clouds, Portland
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
$49.50 to $250
Tickets on sale Saturday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m.