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Leonard Cohen changes dates for Jewish holidays

Leonard Cohen
Image caption The singer apologised for moving the performances

Musician Leonard Cohen has rescheduled two dates on his UK tour after he realised they fell on Jewish holy days.

The 78-year-old singer has apologised to fans for moving performances in Leeds and London in September.

The dates clashed with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the calendar.

The Canadian musician will now play the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 7 September and the 02 Arena in London on 15 September.

Cohen, famed for songs such as Hallelujah and Suzanne, is playing a series of arena shows in the UK in August and September.

A statement issued on behalf of Cohen and promoter AEG apologised "deeply for the inconvenience".

In 2013 Rosh Hashanah starts on 5 September until the 6 September and Yom Kippur falls on 14 September.

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