Classic Video: Leonard Cohen & Judy Collins Perform Suzanne – 1976

lc-jcollins-suzanneAnd you want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind

Leonard Cohen & Judy Collins – Suzanne
1976 Soundstage TV Broadcast: Chicago
Video by Beta Hi-Fi Archive

Note: Originally posted Feb 17, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

New Leonard Cohen Videos: Suzanne & I’m Your Man – Vancouver 2010

vacIf you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you
If you want a partner, take my hand, or
If you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I’m your man

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Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

A Valentine’s Day Gift: Leonard Cohen & Anjani Perform Never Got To Love You & Whither Thou Goest – 2007

For as in that story long ago,
The same sweet love story now is so.
Thy people shall be my people, my love.
Whither thou goest I will go.

Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas Perform Never Got to Love You and Whither Thou Goest at Joe’s Pub in New York – 2007

Note: Originally posted Feb 8, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Commander Cohen Of Commendations: Leonard Cohen’s Extraordinary Band & Crew Introductions


Nobody introduced backing musicians and crew like Leonard Cohen. After offering a succinct, memorable lyrical description of each band member and backup singer (e.g., the sublime Webb Sisters, the impeccable Neil Larsen, my collaborator, the incomparable Sharon Robertson, the sweet shepherd of stings Javier Mas, the master of breath Dino Soldo; the signature of steady Bob Metzger; my musical colleague for 35 years, the much-cherished and incurable Roscoe Beck, the regent of restraint, the prince of passionate precision, Bernado Gayol), he would remove his hat and bow his head.

The description offered in Top ten experiences with music in the last year: Number One: Leonard Cohen at Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn NY. May 20th, 2012 by Will Sheff ( December 24, 2012) is compelling [bolding mine]:

The 78-year-old Cohen showed no signs of fatigue though, dropping to his knees, skipping on and offstage for the two encores, bantering charmingly with his audience, introducing the band, the front-of-house team, the monitor guy, the guy who hung the lights even, naming their hometowns. He did this whole round of introductions twice, by the way. It was the most moving introducing-the-band routine I’ve ever seen – something that usually feels Vegas-y but this time around felt like church.

It’s that reverent tone, I think. that enchanted us.

Introducing “The Master Of Musicians,” “My Old Friend,” “The Incurable Roscoe Beck” Et Al At Malmo 2010

While this video is imperfect, it does show Leonard Cohen offering a particularly effusive and expanded set of band member introductions at the end of “Anthem” at the Aug 4, 2010 Malmo Concert. (Video automatically begins with Leonard Cohen’s introductions.)

This video (self-described as shaky) of the May 12, 2009 Philadelphia show by Linda Sturgess, Leonard thanks everyone from the lighting specialists to the caterers.

How many musical icons thank the caterers in his or her parting words of the show?

Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post is by Lorca Cohen. Originally posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Listen To 1988 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert

Amsterdam 1988-3Jo Meul alerts us to a recording of the complete April 18, 1988 Leonard Cohen concert at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, Netherlands now available as an audio-only YouTube video. Jo rates the audio quality as “great.”


Setlist April 18, 1988 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert

  1. Bird on the Wire
  2. Dance Me to the End of Love
  3. Who by Fire
  4. Ain’t No Cure for Love
  5. The Law
  6. Heart with No Companion
  7. I’m Your Man
  8. Coming Back to You
  9. First We Take Manhattan
  10. Chelsea Hotel #2
  11. Tower of Song
  12. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
  13. Everybody Knows
  14. There Is a War
  15. Take This Waltz
  16. Hallelujah
  17. Sisters of Mercy
  18. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
  19. I Can’t Forget
  20. Suzanne
  21. So Long, Marianne

Credit Due Department: Photo by Pete Purnell.