Co­hen to play Kil­main­ham. And Iggy will pop in too

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - Jim Car­roll on mu­sic

Leonard Co­hen is set to play an out­door seated show in Dublin in June. The venue for Co­hen’s first Ir­ish show in two decades is be­lieved to be the Royal Hospi­tal in Kil­main­ham.

Last week, POD Con­certs ap­plied to Dublin City Coun­cil for plan­ning per­mis­sion to hold live shows at this lo­ca­tion be­tween June 13th and 20th, with “up to 12,000 peo­ple” ex­pected to at­tend.

POD Con­certs held the Some Days Never End fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing Kíla, The Frames, Pet Shop Boys and oth­ers, at the same venue last au­tumn.

On The Record un­der­stands that Iggy Pop will also be head­lin­ing a show at the venue on June 16th with sup­port from The Kills and Stiff Lit­tle Fin­gers.

When con­tacted by The Ticket to con­firm de­tails of acts sched­uled to be play­ing this se­ries of shows at the Royal Hospi­tal, a spokesman for POD Con­certs de­clined to com­ment.

Co­hen’s last Ir­ish con­certs were in June 1988, when he played two shows at Dublin’s Na­tional Sta­dium. The in­flu­en­tial 73-year-old Cana­dian singer-song­writer is due to be in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10th in New York.

Co­hen is ex­pected to an­nounce a full US, Cana­dian and Euro­pean tour, his first in 15 years, in the com­ing weeks.

He has al­ready been con­firmed as one of the head­lin­ers for this sum­mer’s Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val and is also ex­pected to play a run of shows at Lon­don’s O2 Arena.

Co­hen is be­lieved to be work­ing on a new album, the fol­low-up to 2004’s Dear Heather, which may be re­leased later this year.

Last June, in an in­ter­view with HARP mag­a­zine, Co­hen ad­mit­ted he had “an itch” to tour again.

“I haven’t been out since ’93. The years went by and I thought ‘I’ll never go out again.’ But ev­ery so of­ten you do have that itch. The ac­tual con­certs are al­ways com­pelling. If you’ve got good mu­si­cians, and you’re play­ing, and peo­ple know the songs, and they want to hear them live, it is a won­der­ful thing. And so I’m drawn to that.”

Leonard Co­hen goes to hospi­tal

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