Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Born In Chains – Las Vegas 2010

I was born in chains but I was taken out of Egypt
I was bound to a burden, but the burden it was raised
Lord I can no longer keep this secret
Blessed is the name, the name be praised

Born In Chains – The 2010 Las Vegas Rendition

“Born In Chains” was first performed in concert by Leonard Cohen at the July 27, 2010 Salzburg, Austria show and immediately captured a wide following among Cohen fans. It underwent many changes in its lyrics and its arrangement through the final months of the Tour.

The version performed on Dec 11, 2010 in Las Vegas is notable for the prominent roles played by Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters.

Leonard Cohen – Born In Chains
Las Vegas – Dec 11, 2010

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Credit Due Department: The photo of Leonard Cohen waving his hat to the audience is from Notes From The Road.  The photo of Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen is a screen capture from the featured video. Originally posted Aug 2, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Amen – Ghent 2012

Tell me again
When I’ve been to the river
And I’ve taken the edge off my thirst
Tell me again
We’re alone & I’m listening
I’m listening so hard that it hurts
Tell me again
When I’m clean and I’m sober
Tell me again
When I’ve seen through the horror
Tell me again
Tell me over and over
Tell me you want me then

Amen is a track from Cohen’s new album, Old Ideas.  The 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour is what is conventionally called “a tour in support of the new album.” Given the shift in the economic model of music industry, a more accurate phrasing might well be “an album issued in support of the forthcoming tour.” Regardless, I am surprised to find myself much more appreciative of this song after watching a recording of a live performance than when I simply heard it on my iPhone.

Leonard Cohen – Amen
Ghent: Aug 14, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear Complete 1979 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert

This audio-only recording is a bootleg sometimes labeled Leonard Cohen: Upon A Smokey Evening, a very good FM broadcast recorded live at the Großer Saal, Beethovenhalle, Bonn, West Germany: December 3, 1979.

It is available for download at the ROIO site, which offers this information:

Cohen surrounded himself with a coterie of superb musicians. As a nucleus, he co-opted the Austin, Texas-based jazz band, Passenger (Steve Meador on drums, Roscoe Beck on bass, Mitch Watkins on guitar, Bill Ginn on keyboards and Paul Ostermayer on sax and flute). Further extending the core group’s capabilities were violinist Raffi Hakopian and John Bilezikjian on the oud – an 11-string pear-shaped instrument, visually similar to a mandolin -all of whom had also contributed to ‘Recent Songs’. Completing the ensemble, Leonard’s brace of backing singers on the jaunt were long-time friend and colleague Jennifer Warnes (who later released her own Cohen tribute album, ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ in 1987) and another Cohen collaborator and future song-writing partner, Sharon Robinson.

This concert, from Bonn’s prestigious 2,000-capacity Beethovenhalle, was recorded towards the end of the European extravaganza on December 3, and, as is evident, the cast were performing superbly by this juncture. ‘Recent Songs’ was, and remained, a personal favourite of Leonard’s: “I think I like ‘Recent Songs’ the best. The producer was Henry Levy – I was studying with Roshi at the time in Los Angeles and it was appropriate that I worked with a Los Angeles producer. He had that great quality that Bob Johnston (Bob Dylan’s producer) had: a lot of faith in the singer and he just let it happen. He introduced me to the group Passenger. I’d always wanted to combine those Middle Eastern or Eastern European sounds with the rhythmic possibilities of a jazz or rock’n’roll rhythm section,” he later stated.


Disc 1 (57 mins)
Track 101. Bird On The Wire 5:37
Track 102. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye 4:19
Track 103. Who By Fire 7:18
Track 104. Passing Through 5:14
Track 105. The Window 5:34
Track 106. Lover Lover Lover 8:20
Track 107. So Long, Marianne 6:31
Track 108. The Stranger Song 6:18
Track 109. Chelsea Hotel 2 4:24
Track 110. A Singer Must Die 2:43

Disc 2 (56 mins)
Track 201. The Partisan 3:23
Track 202. Famous Blue Raincoat 5:29
Track 203. There Is A War 4:44
Track 204. The Gypsy’s Wife 5:43
Track 205. The Guests 5:35
Track 206. Suzanne 6:33
Track 207. Memories 5:39
Track 208. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:48
Track 209. Tonight Will Be Fine 6:34
Track 210. I Tried To Leave You 7:32

From ROIO site: As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Download Information

The files are already in MP3 format (320 kbps). available for download directly from the site, thus avoiding the need to enter codes, decompress the files, or deal with the hassles of download services. The cover art shown above is available on site.

This bootleg can be downloaded at Roio – Leonard Cohen – Bonn 1979

Video: Sharon Robinson’s Impeccable Performance Of Alexandra Leaving – 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent Concert

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Sharon Robinson inevitably performs Alexandra Leaving, a song she and Leonard Cohen co-wrote, with overwhelming intensity and power. In this solo effort at the August 14, 2012 Ghent show, she outdoes herself.

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Ghent – Aug 14, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear First 12 Songs Of 1985 Leonard Cohen Warsaw Concert

Jo Muel alerts us to this audio-only video of the March 22, 1985 Leonard Cohen show at Sala Kongresowa, Warsaw. This is an audience recording by Artur Jarosinski. Avalanche & Chelsea Hotel #2 are standout performances,


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Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Closing Time – San Jose 2009

Closing Time - San Jose with blouse in upper right being flung to stage

Closing Time – San Jose with blouse in upper right being flung to stage

Women’s Blouses In Flight At Closing Time Of Leonard Cohen San Jose Concert

Yeah the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots

From “Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen

Albert Noonan, better known in Cohen Country as albertnoonan, Vizier Of Videography, was good enough to alert us that minors should be removed from the room prior to the viewing of this recording in order to shield innocent children from exposure to this raucous rendition of the classic Cohen tune.

Yes, what you see is what happened – feminine clothing is repeatedly launched from the audience onto the stage, whoops are whooped, the unflappable Leonard Cohen loses his place in the song (1:18), and, in general, a good time is had by all.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009

Video by albertnoonan

Bonus: Democracy Is Coming To San Jose

“Democracy,” an especially popular feature of concerts earlier in the Leonard Cohen World Tour, had been absent for some time but was resurrected as the final song of the final 2009 US concert.

Leonard Cohen – Democracy
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009
Video by albertnoonan


Credit Due Department: Photo of San Jose HP Pavilion by Kim Solez of Leonard Cohen Night. Photo atop this post is a video screen capture.

Note: Originally posted Nov 14, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric