Video: “I love to see you dancing down the aisle” Leonard Cohen’s Closing Blessing At 2012 London, Ontario Show


Leonard Cohen’s closing at the Dec 11, 2012 London, Ontario concert included not only his blessings, an admonition to drive carefully, a thank you to concert-goers, a huge smile accompanied by a wave, and his trademark skipping exit but also (at 0:45) his appreciation of audience members dancing in the aisle.

Video: Ela Kaca

Note: Originally posted December 13, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs I Tried To Leave You – Amsterdam 2013


The spotlighted performances by Leonard Cohen’s musicians, a regular feature of I Tried To Leave You, are, at least to my ear, especially inspired in this rendition. The first two solos featuring Mitch Watkins on guitar and Alex Bublitchi on violin, are exemplary. And, This video includes a Rafael Gayol moment that is examined at The Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Percussive Projectile Incident: Errant Drumstick Launch Or Ninja Drummer Move?

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video: albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Sept 23, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

When Bad Seats Happen To Good Videographers: Closing Time From A New Perspective – 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam Show

diffWhen Bad Seats Happen To Good Photographers is an informal Cohencentric series based on the  realization that some Leonard Cohen concert photos taken from the cheap seats more than compensate for the lack of closeup shots with intriguing angles and perspectives hidden to those photographing the show from directly in front of the stage Consider this the first entry in the When Bad Seats Happen To Good Videographers classification.

As Ingrid Van Daele reports:

We didn’t have tickets, arrived 10 min. before the show started, no one was selling tickets, so we went to the box-office and asked if there were any tickets available…We got the last 2, so that’s why we were sitting in a complete different area as we were used to, this is the result

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Rotterdam: Sept 18, 2013
Video: Ingrid Van Daele

Note: Originally posted Sept 23, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Heart-Touching Video: Ah Leonard, You Sing So Pretty, Too – So Long, Marianne From 2013 London Concert

so-longLeonard Cohen to London audience (1:05):

“Ah, you sing so pretty”

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
London: June 21, 2013
Video by carolinetillyann

Note: Originally posted June 23, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen – London 1968

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like
cover… and where to find it

This is a re-engineered version of a well known set (see Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen Live At The BBC 1968 for details). The follow explanation is from prof_stoned, who performed the mastering and shared the files:

A very important bootleg, IMO, that begs for an official release. Reportedly, it was sourced from a cassette copy that a fan got directly from an BBC employee after writing a letter to inquire after the status of this recording. The BBC employee also mentioned that this came from his private copy and that video sources no longer existed in the archives. The audio recording was first heard by the public in 1993 when it came out on a pressed CD bootleg in inferior quality. Then later in the mid-2000s it started to circulate in better quality. I first heard this in 2006 when someone uploaded it on Dime’s tracker. Although pretty clean, that source was marred heavily by noise reduction artefacts. For this new version, I have used another source that I found on another tracker. It had more noises and also some signs of NR, but substantially less than the 2006 Dime source. I fear this is probably as good as it’s gonna get, unless someone manages to obtain a clean digital copy of the BBC cassette which, to my knowledge, is not in circulation. Despite the obvious deterioration of the source material, the sound quality here has still turned out quite good. I have carefully restored and remastered this at my mastering studio. The original source sounded a bit dull. By bringing up the high-end a bit, the NR problem and hiss also became more apparent, but I think I found an acceptable balance (to my taste, anyway). I also corrected the speed of the two original parts (one ran a bit too fast, the other a bit too slow). To me, the historical importance outweighs the sonic flaws by far. Four songs performed here (not counting There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me, which is more a joke than a song) were unreleased at the time, though already fully realized. Some of the arrangements are quite different from the studio versions and there’s an extra unheard verse on So Long,  Marianne.


Track 01. You Know Who I Am 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 02. Bird On The Wire 4:22 (7.4MB)
Track 03. The Stranger Song 6:17 (10.6MB)
Track 04. So Long,  Marianne 7:54 (13.3MB)
Track 05. Master Song 8:00 (13.4MB)
Track 06. There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 07. Sisters Of Mercy 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 08. Teachers 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 09. Dress Rehearsal Rag 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 10. Suzanne 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 11. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 12. Story Of Isaac 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 13. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:05 (6.9MB)

The files are already in MP3 format available for download directly from the site, thus avoiding the need to enter codes, decompress the files, or deal with the hassles of services such as Rapidshare. The files are also tagged (correctly, as far as I can determine) with the name of the song, the artist, and “BBC Broadcasts 1968” listed as the album name. Only the cover art, available on site, need be added post-download.

Viewers should be aware that

  1. This site makes bootlegs available for a limited time only. Those interest should download it as soon as possible.
  2. This is an excellent  mono recording. No matter how many speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, etc. are engaged in playing these tracks, they will remain mono.

Leonard Cohen – London 1968 can be downloaded at

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