Photos From Cohenite Document Little Known Concert
The September 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour concert in Barakaldo, Spain (aka The Bilbao Concert – see explanation below) was one of those Cohen Stealth Concerts – shows that were well performed by the musicians and well received by the audiences but somehow escaped notice, generating comparatively few video and audio recordings, reviews, and, of course, photos.
Consequently, I was excited to stumble across this bevy of top-notch shots taken by Fleya de Ugalde, who graciously agreed to allow me to post a sampling here, noting “Fellow Cohenites must be kind to each other.”
As noted in Signs Of Leonard Cohen – Barakaldo, Spain 2009:
The venue for this concert was listed on Tour schedules as the “Bilbao Exhibition Centre.” But the BEC moved from Bilbao to Barakaldo and is now known officially as “Bizkaia Arena.” It remains, however, universally known as “Bilbao Exhibition Centre.”
I am especially fond of the photo sequence seen below of Cohen holding ‘the flowers, then striking his “prepare to depart” pose, than hit his “and away we go” move.
It’s a secret no longer – Leonard Cohen was a happy man in Bilbao/Barakaldo.
More photos of this show can be found at Fleya’s Leonard Cohen en Bilbao.