Leonard Cohen tribute band Imperfect Offering are performing at the Theatre Royal next week. Photo: Reuben Raj.

Cohen’s music comes to life at Theatre Royal


Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen may have passed on, but his spirit lives on in tribute band Imperfect Offering which is performing at the Theatre Royal next week.

This will be the Auckland-based ensemble’s first time playing in the Top of the South.

Vocalist Clare Martin says on a recent trip to Nelson she visited the Theatre Royal and “loved it” which sparked the idea of doing a show here.

“I thought, ‘I’ve got to bring the band here, I insisted to them’.”

The nine-piece group includes five vocalists and a violin, and they will be taking the audience on a journey from Cohen’s first album in 1967 to his last in 2016 – released just two weeks before his death.

Clare says people are connecting to Cohen’s music now more than ever, with many experiencing a “mini crisis” during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Despite a year plagued with cancellations and lockdowns, we are determined to get the entire band to Nelson to offer the music of Leonard Cohen. He serves us when we are having troubled times – he deals with the hard subjects.”

From his Jewish upbringing in Montreal, through to Greek Island life and New York’s hang-out Chelsea Hotel, the band will present the best songs from Cohen’s journey including ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Suzanne’, ‘Chelsea Hotel’, ‘The Future’ and ‘Bird on the Wire’.

The Music of Leonard Cohen – A Journey: 1967 to 2016 is on at the Theatre Royal on Friday, 13 November. For bookings go to www.eventfinda.co.nz