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 1HeckOfAGuy.com, 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 (WillSheff.com: 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 1HeckOfAGuy.com, 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.

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Dance Me To The End Of Love At 1985 Elixir Festival, Guéhenno


Jo Meul has tracked down another (partial) Leonard Cohen performance at the 1985 Elixir Festival in Guéhenno. The minute or so of Dance Me To The End Of Love includes good views of Leonard and his band, including Anjani Thomas on keyboards and vocals. There is another 30 entertaining seconds of scenes devoted to the audience at the 1985 Elixir Festival, perhaps the most incongruous of settings for a Leonard Cohen show. For more about Leonard’s appearance at this festival, see Leonard Cohen At 1985 Elixir Festival, Guéhenno With Video Of “Passing Through” Performance.

Leonard Cohen Performs Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye On Swiss TV 1976

76heyYesterday’s posting of Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976 prompted several viewers to alert me to another 1976 Leonard Cohen video from a French language broadcast. On July 1, 1976, Radio Television Suisse (RTS) broadcast Leonard Cohen performing Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye soon after his June 25 concert opened the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival and has now offered the video online. The descriptive language at the RTS site is somewhat ambiguous, at least in translation (“For his fans and all those who enjoyed it, extract of this concert, 01.07.1976, broadcast in the show“), but the performance captured on this video does not appear to be the concert performance.

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

  • Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums

Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976

loverloverAnd may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy


‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

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These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War

bkup56Jo Meul alerts us to a improved version of Leonard Cohen singing Lover Lover Lover on French TV in 1976. An already outstanding video, which has been available for some time, is now stellar: the annoying subtitles are gone and, more importantly, the length is more than doubled.  It’s a gem.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
With Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

  • Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums


  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []