Cohen adds 4 US Dates

Leonard Cohen's neverending world tour will actually end in December with four newly announced theater shows in the western United States, his promoter said on Tuesday.

The tireless Canadian folk poet emerged from a 15-year semi-retirement in May 2008 to crisscross large arenas around the world, and will have played more than 240 shows by the time he hangs up his fedora after a two-night stand in Las Vegas on Dec. 10 and 11.

Cohen, who turns 76 later this month, plans to return to the studio next year to record his first album of new material since 2004's "Dear Heather," taking him off the road "for some time," promoter AEG Live said in a statement. He is known to take years to craft a single song.

The final four shows will kick off at Honolulu's Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 4. Cohen will play the Rose Quarter Theatre of the Clouds in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 8, and then head to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.