The Canadian artist and poet was one of the most significant and influential songwriters of our age. His most recent album “You Want It Darker” was released recently and there was a superb profile in The New Yorker to coincide with the release, where editor David Remnick spoke to Cohen at length about life, death, love, loss and much more (you can hear excerpts from the interview here).
While he played shows at Dublin’s National Stadium in the 1970s and 1980s, Cohen was probably best known here for the shows he played in recent times, when it often felt as if he’d moved into the Gresham Hotel. He played a rake of Irish concerts between 2008 and 2010 during his comeback tour at Dublin’s IMMA and O2 Arena, Belfast’s Odyssey Arena and Sligo’s Lissadell House.
Sadly from past experience this year with David Bowie, Prince and others, we know how this day will roll so I’ll update this post as more tributes and pieces appear online.