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Leonard Cohen performs at the Milwaukee Theatre on March 15.
Leonard Cohen performs at the Milwaukee Theatre on March 15. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Leonard Cohen returns to town for the first time in 38 years

In what may be the music news of the year already, Canadian folk-rock singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen returns to Milwaukee to perform for the first time in 38 years.

Cohen plays the Milwaukee Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

Tickets are $250, $135, $85 and $55 – before convenience fees – and go on sale Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Milwaukee Theatre box office, select Walmart stores, via Ticketmaster and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

"I've been in this business 30 years," says Peter Jest, who is part of the team bringing Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cohen to town, "and I've really wanted to get someone to town all those years."

That someone, says Jest, is Cohen, who last played in Milwaukee at the Performing Arts Center in February 1975.

"(This is) one of the biggest shows I've ever done," says Jest.

Cohen is not performing anywhere else in the state on this tour. His band for the tour includes background singers Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters, bassist and musical director Roscoe Beck, keyboardist Neil Larsen, guitarist Mitch Watkins, percussionist Rafael Gayol, violinist Alexandru Bublitchi and Javier Mas on bandurria, laud, archilaud and 12-string acoustic guitar.

If you're a Cohen fan, you know you can't miss this one. After all, in another 38 years, Cohen will be 116 years old.

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