Tower of Song

Sting, Elvis Costello to pay trib­ute to Leonard Co­hen at me­mo­rial in Mon­treal

Truro Daily News - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - By Giuseppe Valiante

Adam Co­hen, the son of singer Leonard Co­hen, said Mon­day his fa­ther would likely want noth­ing to do with the me­mo­rial con­cert planned to mark the first an­niver­sary of the mu­sic leg­end’s death.

Co­hen was a pri­vate man and con­sid­ered him­self far less im­por­tant in the world than he ac­tu­ally was, Adam Co­hen said in an in­ter­view.

The con­cert is hap­pen­ing any­way, Co­hen mused, and it’s go­ing to be big.

Sting, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, and Philip Glass are among the lu­mi­nar­ies who will pay trib­ute to Co­hen dur­ing a con­cert in the singer’s home­town, Mon­treal.

“There is go­ing to be archival footage (of Co­hen) and footage no one has ever seen be­fore,” Co­hen said. “There are sur­prise guests that peo­ple won’t ex­pect. There are par­tic­i­pants that I know of that I an not al­lowed to an­nounce.”

Tower of Song: A me­mo­rial trib­ute to Leonard Co­hen, will be held at Mon­treal’s Bell Cen­tre Nov. 6.

Nu­mer­ous mu­si­cal acts are al­ready on the bill to hon­our his le­gacy, in ad­di­tion to Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Que­bec Premier Philippe Couil­lard.

Other artists set to par­tic­i­pate in­clude Lana Del Rey, Feist, The Lu­m­i­neers and Damien Rice.

Tick­ets go on sale Saturday at noon.

Co­hen died on Nov. 7, 2016, at age 82. The icon’s pass­ing was not made pub­lic un­til a few days later.

“The evening cor­re­sponds to the one-year an­niver­sary of his pass­ing, and in the Jewish tra­di­tion, that rep­re­sents the end of a year of mourn­ing,” Co­hen said.

He added he hopes the con­cert marks the “of­fi­cial be­gin­ning of hav­ing his songs be­ing kept alive.”

Pro­ceeds of the show will go to the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts, the Con­seil des arts et des let­tres du Que­bec and the Con­seil des arts de Mon­treal.

“Those are the (fund­ing agen­cies)

that gave my fa­ther his start,” Co­hen ex­plained.

Renowned con­cert and record pro­ducer Hal Will­ner will over­see Tower of Song.

“Leonard Co­hen is a lit­er­ary and mu­si­cal icon,” Will­ner said. “To cel­e­brate the first an­niver­sary of his death, the event aims to present a trib­ute to an artist who is uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized as one of the great po­ets and song­writ­ers of all time.”

Sev­eral other events are planned

the week of the con­cert, in­clud­ing the open­ing of an exhibit at Mon­treal’s con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum.

Adam Co­hen said de­spite his fa­ther’s mod­esty and de­sire for pri­vacy, there is “some­thing beau­ti­ful about the size of this com­mem­o­ra­tion and the amaz­ing span of his in­flu­ence be­ing on dis­play.

“If he was still around he would be wig­gling and com­ing up with ev­ery ex­cuse not to be part of the event — and I think he’s found the best rea­son yet.”

AP PHOTO

Leonard Co­hen per­forms dur­ing the Coachella Val­ley Mu­sic & Arts Fes­ti­val in In­dio, Calif. Co­hen’s fam­ily an­nounced on Mon­day that a trib­ute con­cert for the late singer-song­writer will be held in Mon­treal on Nov. 6, a day be­fore the an­niver­sary of his...

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