Leonard Cohen’s first-ever New Orleans concert Thursday night was, I think most would agree, transcendent; over the course of nearly three hours and a satisfying number of familiar songs, he and his band hit the mark of reverence, humor, ribaldry and general intimacy with the nearly sold-out theater even while battling a well-publicized group flu.
Opening paragraph of Spirituality, sex, wit and a staggering legacy: Leonard Cohen at the Mahalia Jackson Theater by Alison Fensterstock. The Times-Picayune: March 29, 2013. Full report and photo gallery (photos by Erika Goldring) at link.
Roscoe Beck “Down For The Count”
According to this on-the-scene report, Roscoe Beck, the 2013 Leonard Cohen Tor Musical Director, was stricken with an exacerbation of flu symptoms during the encores at the New Orleans concert last night (March 28, 2013). The photo & the following text are by Joey Carenza:
Down for the Count: Roscoe Beck flat on the deck with what appears to be a nasty bit of stomach flu. The band is going to have to scramble to keep the encores coming.
Better Out Than In: Well, that’s my stance and I’m sticking near it. Roscoe is looking better, fluids dripping and then back to hotel. Pretty bog standard food poisoning it seems. Hey, it happens.
Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by John Rigney, Originally posted Mar 29, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I’m Your (Sharp-dressed) Man
They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.
– From Sharp-dressed Man by ZZ Top
This shot of Leonard Cohen rehearsing for his upcoming World Tour in his Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes1 is intriguing and even a tad mysterious.
How, for example, does he look so good in that hat? Why does he look like an illustration for the dictionary definition of “dapper” wearing a double breasted jacket while 97% of the men that don them (including Dave Letterman, who wears one almost every night on his show) resemble nothing else as much as a corpse being fitted for a shroud? Why is he fingering a keyboard when he typically plays a guitar, if he plays any instrument, in his concerts? Why does he have only one hand on the keyboard? Is the one hand in the pocket stance essential as a component of the not quite insouciant slouch?
And what the heck is with that gong in the background?
Credit Due Department: Photo by Lorca Cohen. Used by permission of Leonard Cohen via Ed Sanders. Thanks to Dick Straub for alerting me to the photo.
Note: Originally posted Apr 27, 2008 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Or would these be Leonard Cohen’s “Sabbath-go-to-meeting Clothes?” Or his “Sabbath-go-to-synagogue Clothes?” Such are the perils of the culturally sensitive blogger. [↩]
After viewing the ad I created for Leonard Cohen’s idea for Indifference – A Leonard Cohen Cologne Concept (see below), Dominique BOILE forwarded a scan of the same Arnaud Maggs photo used in that fake ad in its original format on the cover of the June 1972 edition of Maclean’s ($0.35) with the caption, “Leonard Cohen: Getting body and soul together.”
Readers may recall Cohencentric’s 2015 Leonard Cohen Photo Caption Contest, which began with the instructional post, Write A Funny Caption For This Photo, Win A Print Of It Autographed By Leonard Cohen. While The Duchess (aka Penny Showalter) wasn’t eligible to win that competition, Leonard liked her submission well enough to send her the much-prized inscribed photo shown above.
For the record, Renik Van den Eynde of Mechelen, Belgium sent in the winning entry shown below.
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I was so taken by these photos of the January 26, 2009 Leonard Cohen concert in Adelaide, Australia I accidentally found that I contacted Paul,, the blogger-photographer who has allowed me to post them.
Note: Originally posted Feb 12, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric