The man born with the gift of a golden voice is finally coming to town: Leonard Cohen announced new dates for his current Old Ideas 2012 tour, including two nights in NYC. Cohen will finish up the tour with a show on December 18th at Madison Square Garden, and on December 20th at the newly-opened Barclays Center. It's just like his song said it would be: first we take Manhattan, then we take Brooklyn.
The 77-year-old Canadian poet recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his initial reluctance to tour again: "Maybe it is…touring is like taking the first step on a walk to China. It's a serious commitment, so there are a lot of factors to be examined." He also described going back on tour in 2008 for the first time in 15 years: "I never thought I'd tour again, although I did have dreams," Cohen said. "Sometimes my dreams would entail me being up onstage and not remembering the words or the chords. It had a nightmarish quality, which did not invite me to pursue the enterprise."
But Cohen's latest album is by far his best since 1992's The Future, and worthy of getting the massive world tour treatment. If you're really impatient, you can watch a Cohen concert—"Songs From The Road"—in full below!