Hear Complete 1985 Leonard Cohen Vienna Concert


Jo Meul alerts us to the recent appearance of the audio recording of the July 6, 1985 Leonard Cohen Vienna concert on YouTube. This good quality bootleg includes many songs not performed during the 2008-2013 tours, including Memories, Tennessee Waltz, Story of Isaac, and Diamonds in the Mine. (Note: The final song on the video is Heart With No Companion; the setlist from LeonardCohenFiles, shown below, indicates the last song was a second rendition of Dance Me to the End of Love)

Setlist: July 6, 1985 – Arkadenhof, Vienna, Austria
(Source: LeonardCohenFiles)

  1. Bird on the Wire
  2. The Law
  3. Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
  4. There Is a War
  5. Who by Fire
  6. Dance Me to the End of Love (1)
  7. The Gypsy’s Wife
  8. Diamonds in the Mine
  9. Hallelujah
  10. Coming Back to You
  11. Avalanche
  12. A Singer Must Die
  13. The Stranger Song
  14. Chelsea Hotel #2
  15. Night Comes On
  16. Story of Isaac
  17. Famous Blue Raincoat
  18. Lover Lover Lover
  19. Sisters of Mercy
  20. Tennessee Waltz
  21. The Partisan
  22. So Long, Marianne
  23. Memories
  24. If It Be Your Will
  25. Suzanne
  26. I Tried to Leave You
  27. Heart With No Companion
  28. Dance Me to the End of Love (2)

Video: 1976 Leonard Cohen Performance Of Singer Must Die + Interview

sadlcLeonard Cohen sings “A Singer Must Die” in an interview shared by Jay Tuck.

From the YouTube Description:

It was a windy day in May in 1976. I never thought it would really happen, an interview with Canadian poet Leonard Cohen. But there was his voice, unmistakable, on the phone. Not his agent nor the record company. “Hi, this is Leonard Cohen”. A few hours later we met in the lobby of the Hamburg Hotel Europäischer Hof. Management wanted us to film the interview in one of their suites. That wasn’t right, not for Leonard Cohen. So we found an empty room in the hotel cellar, the dining hall for staff. While the crew lit the surroundings appropriately, I asked Leonard where his guitar was. He didn’t know he would be needing it, he said. But he walked back to his room to fetch it. And we recorded a very magical, unimaginable personal interview that day. And aware our 16mm camera cassette only held 10 minutes of film, I waited six minutes and asked, “Why don’t you sing us a song, Leonard?” And he did. This is the result of that magical day. Unfortunately, some one at the TV station edited out some of the music. And inserted a ridiculous video wipe in the post. And discarded some beautiful music. But the result is still a historical record I wanted to share with you.

Jay Tuck

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who was the first of several folks to alert me to this video

New Video: Leonard Cohen’s Evocative Performance Of I Tried To Leave You – Florence 2010

triedtoGoodnight, my darling, I hope you’re satisfied,
The bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide.
And here’s a man still working for your smile.

Uploaded Dec 29, 2016, this Albert Noonan video offers not only Leonard Cohen’s own moving rendition of I Tried To Leave You and his end of concert blessings but also spotlights performances by band members.

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Florence: Sept 1, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Complete 1993 “Leonard Cohen on Later … With Jools Holland” Show Now Online

jools3While sections of this program have been previously available, it is now online in its entirety. The Vimeo description follows:

In 1993 while on a European tour Leonard Cohen came into the Later…with Jools Holland studio at Television Centre during the show’s second series with his impressive band and angelic backing singers to perform two songs from The Future album – the title track and Democracy – both extraordinarily prescient post on American election, and finished the show with an extraordinary, hymn-like version of his devastating ‘Dance Me To The End of Love’ from the Various Positions album. Cohen also chatted to Jools about his vision and his career and enjoyed seeing a clip of his duet with Julie Felix on Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye from her 1967 BBC TV series, Once More with Felix, for the very first time. In this exclusive includes all those performances and the interview in 25 plus-minutes of the great Leonard Cohen on Later…with Jools Holland.

Leonard Cohen on Later … With Jools Holland
Uploaded by JORGE BOWEN

Credit Due Department:Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video

It’s Official: Leonard Cohen Mike Walsh Show 1985 Performance & Interview Online

mike2Dance Me to the End of Love & Leonard Cohen on Songwriting, Drugs, Wine

Tom Sakic alerts us that the official NFSA (National Film and Sound Archive) clip of Leonard’s 1985 interview and performance of Dance Me to the End of Love on The Mike Walsh Show (Australian TV) is now online. This is a high quality video of an outstanding performance. And, the interview includes the origins of Dance Me to the End of Love and Suzanne as well as Leonard’s take on drugs and his pre-concert wine drinking. (Note that the clip is identified as being filmed in 1984, but Leonard Cohen did not tour that year; the performance took place in 1985)

From the NFSA description:

The Mike Walsh Show, ep.5027: Leonard Cohen on The Mike Walsh Show, performing ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ from his 1984 album Various Positions. Followed by an interview in which Coen describes songwriting as ‘deep spiritual quest for the truth’.

The clip can be viewed at Leonard Cohen on The Mike Walsh Show 1984

Note: The Leonard Cohen fan community has previously been served by a VHS version of the appearance uploaded to YouTube (Leonard Cohen – Dance Me to the End of Love – Live 1985) Mar 2, 2012 by a1000kissesdeep aka Tom Sakic.

Hear 1988 Leonard Cohen Massey Hall Concert Bootleg Online

Toronto '88Jo Muel notifies us that the bootleg of Leonard Cohen’s November 9, 1988 concert at Massey Hall in Toronto is now online, noting “this one is particularly interesting because of the live version of ‘Jazz police!'”

Leonard Cohen | Toronto ’88 | Massey Hall Concert Bootleg
Uploaded by Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva


Information from YouTube Description:

Broadcast live on CBC radio
Remastered (2016)


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