Saint John featured on new Leonard Cohen live CD/DVD set

Leonard Cohen has a brand-new concert DVD coming out, and once again, there's a New Brunswick connection. Cohen famously started his comeback tour in 2008 in the province, playing May 11, 2008 at The Playhouse in Fredericton. Five songs from that night were later released on the vinyl album, Live In Fredericton. Now, another venue is featured in the new DVD.

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Don't be fooled by the name though. Even though it's going to be called Live In Dublin, you're also going to find a track on it, taken from his show in Saint John's Harbour Station, on April 15, 2013. It's one of the bonus tracks on the 3 CD/DVD or Blu-ray set, coming out from Sony Music on December 2. It's one of three bonus tracks, all from Atlantic Canada shows on that tour. The song Different Sides was from Saint John, while Show Me The Place was recorded at the Halifax Metro Centre, and Anyhow comes from the Mile One Centre in St. John's.

The bulk of the set is from Dublin, a full-length concert shot in high definition. The show comes from Cohen's huge world tour after the release of his 2012 album Old Ideas. Included on the set are such favourites as Hallelujah, Suzanne, Bird On The Wire, First We Take Manhattan, Closing Time and So Long, Marianne. There are 33 songs in total. Cohen's latest album, Popular Problems, was released to much acclaim last month, just one day before his 80th birthday. It reached #1 in Canada and several other countries around the world.

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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