July 2, 2013 10:07

Leonard Cohen reschedules UK tour dates for religious reasons

Singer changes Leeds and London shows in September as they were were scheduled on days of solemn religious observance

Leonard Cohen reschedules UK tour dates for religious reasons
Leonard Cohen has rescheduled two dates on his forthcoming UK arena tour for religious reasons.

Cohen, who will play live in the UK this August and September, has rearranged dates in Leeds and London after realising that they were scheduled on days of solemn religious observance. The Leeds date which was originally due to take place on September 5 will now happen on September 7 while a date at London's 02 Arena will now take place on September 15, having previously been planned for the day before. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

As an observant Jew, Leonard Cohen observes the sabbath while on tour. September 5, when Cohen was due to perform in Leeds, is the date of Rosh Hashana for 2013 while the London date originally planned for September 14 clashes with Yom Kippur. In addition to being Jewish, Cohen was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1996.

The Canadian singer-songwriter released his 12th studio album 'Old Ideas' in January 2012.

Leonard Cohen will play:

Bournemouth BIC (August 26)
Brighton Centre (28)
Manchester Arena (31)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (September 3)
Leeds Arena (7)
Birmingham LG Arena (8)
London The O2 (15)


Last year, U2's Bono called Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' the "most perfect song in the world". The frontman made the claim in a book by Alan Light, called The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah'. Other artists making their love of the track known in the book include Regina Spektor, who said: "This song is pretty much indestructible."

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