Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: 2010 Helsinki Concert Video & Photos

The 2010 Helsinki Concert Photos

Maarten Massa’s photos of Leonard Cohen and, especially, the band members and backup singers from the August 10, 2010 Helsinki concert are among the best taken during the entire 2008-2010 tour. In addition to the shots displayed in this post, many other photos from the Helsinki show can be found at Leonard Cohen in Helsinki – Aug 10 2010: Part 1 and Part 2.

Video: Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You + Thank You To Jarkko

That the final song of the August 10, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert was “I Tried To Leave You” was hardly a surprise. Nor were the solo performances by the band members and backup singers unexpected.

Unique to the Helsinki show, however, were Leonard Cohen’s words of appreciation, following the completion of “I Tried To Leave You,” for the role Jarkko Arjatsalo and his website,, played in keeping Cohen’s songs alive when his “voice wasn’t heard very often in very many places.”

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Helsinki: Aug 10, 2010
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Note: Originally posted July 5, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour: Avalanche – Katowice 2010

Leonard Cohen And The Rose Of Katowice

If there were a competition among concerts for Most Compellingly Romantic Photograph, the shot of Leonard Cohen, the then 76 year old Canadian singer-songwriter, atop this post holding a long stem rose while performing in Katowice Poland would surely be the prohibitive favorite. This iconic photo was taken by Gwen Langford.

Leonard Cohen with rose (Photo by Gwen Langford)

Leonard Cohen – Avalanche
Katowice – Oct 4, 2010

Leonard Cohen – Katowice (Photo by majmunka)

Well I stepped into an avalanche,
It covered up my soul;
When I am not this hunchback that you see,
I sleep beneath the golden hill.
You who wish to conquer pain,
You must learn, learn to serve me well.

Leonard Cohen – Avalanche
Katowice: Oct 4, 2010
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Note: Originally posted July 4, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric