Musicians from across the rock and alternative genres paid tribute over the weekend to Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away on Thursday (November 10th) at the age of 82. The legendary singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had been in poor health in recent years, and his latest album, You Want It Darker, focused heavily on themes of death. Artists such as Slash, Tom Morello and Gavin Rossdale offered their respects on Twitter.
Cohen began his career publishing a few poetry collections and novels in the mid-’60s. Having been exposed to the growing folk music scene in New York City, he began to write songs and released his first album in 1967. He eventually recorded a total of 14 studio albums, with tracks like “Hallelujah,” “Everybody Knows,” “Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne,” “First We Take Manhattan” and more leaving their mark.
- His music began reaching a new generation of fans in 1994, when music supervisor Trent Reznor selected several of his songs for use in the Oliver Stone film Natural Born Killers.
- Canadian act Theory Of A Deadman recently recorded a touching cover of Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which they just released on Friday (November 11th).
- Frontman Tyler Connolly stated, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of the incomparable singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. This is a song that has always been close to our hearts. Leonard was such an amazing talent and we’ll be thinking of him every time we play this song, hope you do too.”