Musician Leonard Cohen Reschedules Tour Dates for High Holidays

July 2, 2013 10:31 am 7 comments

Leonard Cohen. Photo: Wikipedia.

Legendary musician Leonard Cohen had to reschedule two shows on an upcoming tour because they fell on Jewish holidays, the BBC reported Tuesday.

The 78-year-old singer-songwriter apologized to fans for moving performances in Leeds and London in September.

The dates clashed with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year which starts September 4th and goes until the 6th,  and Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar which falls on  Friday the 13th and ends the following evening.

The Canadian musician pushed both shows to the day following the conclusion of each respective holiday. He will now perform at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on September 7th, and at the 02 Arena in London on September 15th.

A statement issued on behalf of Cohen and his promoter AEG apologized “deeply for the inconvenience.”

7 Comments

  • Why weren’t the dates blocked off before now? Have the Ten Days suddenly been moved on the Hebrew and Julian calendars? At 78, the problem has never arisen before?

  • Great comment from Jerry Cutler, his old friends, the Zivs, Elly and Bill and Al and Aviva Cohen . Jerry, get in touch.

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    Barukh HASHEM. Now if he would also apologize for his snubbing of Israel and do Tshuva for that on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, he could do a lot to help himself, klal Yisrael and the whole wide world. Let’s daven that he does.

  • No need to apologize for having integrity. One more reason to love your songs.

  • Fantastic, what a wonderful example to the world……….from someone not afraid to be true to his faith, and show it publicly.

  • Why should he “apologize deeply” for the “inconvenience”???
    Those who should apologize are his agents and all those who scheduled his concerts during the Jewish High Holidays.
    Some respect for Jewish observance should be the norm, and nothing to apologize about… Unless only other traditions deserve respect, even at the price of the Jewish ones, as shown by self-hating Jews like Achinoam Nini (Noah) who sang the Hail Mary for the pope in the Vatican on Shabbath, thus spitting on Jewish tradition, and even on the local Jewish Community (which blasted her).

  • Jerry Cutler

    God Bless Leonard Cohen! Hollywood producers, directors and stars should follow his lead. Of course they won’t…… but it can’t hurt to dream. As Herzl said, “If you will it…….” Hopefully, his dedication to his heritage will catch on.

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