It’s no secret that Lana Del Rey has always been a huge fan of Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away in November 2016; less than a month after the release of his last album “You Want It Darker.” Lana even recorded a cover of one of her favourite songs by him titled “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” which you can listen to below.
When the news of his passing broke, Lana said something on Instagram about how much he meant to her:
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t kind of break my heart that I never got to tell you how much you changed me. Not that it would’ve mattered to ya, it’s just that other than Bob [Dylan] and Joan [Baez?] you were the only person I ever really felt spoke my language.”
Cohen’s son Adam shared that his father left him with a list of instructions before his passing. He said “Put me in a pin box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles… and if you want a public event do it in Montreal.” Adam said he sees the concert as a “fulfillment” of his duties to his father, “that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring.”
With that, Cohen’s family have announced the “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen.” It will be held to mark the first anniversary of the singer-songwriter’s passing on November 6 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Many musical guests will perform including Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Sting, Feist, Philip Glass, Adam Cohen, the Lumineers’ and more.
In addition to the musical guests, more performers (including actors honouring Cohen through spoken word performances) will be announced soon.