Leonard Cohen Starts Smoking at 80

by Jenny Novac on September 22, 2014

Leonard Cohen

After a long pause Leonard Cohen came back to stage. He says that singing and touring had improved his mood. Yeasterday he turned 80, and he says:
“Well, getting back on the road has improved my mood considerably because I was never good at civilian life.”

On September 22, Cohen releases his 13th studio album entitled Popular Problems. The album is produced by Patrick Leonard who worked with Madonna. On the listening event  for the new album in Joe’s Pub in New York City Leonard sang for a restricted circle of listeners, which included music industry players and  journalists.

In 2004 Cohen found that most of his retirement fund had disappeared in a disputed case of bad management. So he decided to come back to stage. On one of his concerts he told he will start smoking agian and asked if someone had a cigarette.

He said “But quite seriously, does anyone know where you can buy a Turkish or Greek cigarette? I’m looking forward to that first smoke. I’ve been thinking about that for 30 years. It’s one of the few consistent strings of thoughts I’ve been able to locate.”

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