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, LeonardCohenFiles.com, 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 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour: Who By Fire – Fredericton 2008

Fredericton Playhouse – Fredericton, New Brunswick

In The Beginning Was Fredericton

On May 11, 2008, Leonard Cohen inaugurated his 2008-2010 World Tour (although no one knew it would be a three year tour then) at The Playhouse in Fredericton, NB, a venue which, according to Wikipedia, had a capacity of 709 (469 orchestra seats and 240 balcony seats).

I urge viewers to read the best of the Fredericton concert reviews, Leonard Cohen wows Fredericton by Wilifred Langmaid  (Daily Gleaner, May 13, 2008), which can be found at LeonardCohenForum. My own comments on this piece, originally posted at the DrHGuy.com site on May 13, 2008, follow:

Wilifred Langmaid  provides a comprehensive, interesting review of Cohen’s performance at the Fredericton Playhouse. Other than some forgivable hometown self-congratulation, the piece is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and includes details not listed elsewhere. A must-read for hard core Cohen fans.

Leonard Cohen – Who By Fire
Fredericton – May 11, 2008

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Credit Due Department: Photo by Rbcb – Own work, CC by 3.0. via Wikipedia. Originally posted July 29, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video – Leonard Cohen Talks About His Life On Hydra: Why He Came, How He Met Marianne, Writing Books & Songs There …

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I met a girl and I stayed for eight or ten years.
Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days.
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“This was the laboratory of my youth”

In this video, excerpted from the 1988 film Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen, accompanied by his backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, revisits the home in Hydra that he shared with Marianne of So Long Marianne  In addition to a discussion of his life on Hydra, this clip includes performances  of Who By Fire, Bird On The Wire, So Long Marianne, Partisan, and Famous Blue Raincoat.

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Closing Time At Weybridge Video & Pix

Where’s That Famous Blue Raincoat When You Need It?

The photo atop this post showing the deluge of rain falling on Leonard Cohen (who is on an ostensibly sheltered stage while the audience is unprotected from the skies) has become indelibly identified with Leonard Cohen’s wet, wonderful Weybridge show.

The photographer, dorsetbays, who took the shots on this page and generously shared them here, summarizes the setting:

Leonard Cohen put on an amazing concert at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Surrey on 11 July 2009. The weather was atrocious, heavy rain and gale force winds, but the atmosphere was electric.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Weybridge: July 11, 2009

“Closing Time” is an important and beloved Leonard Cohen song, and there will certainly be more than one performance of “Closing Time” in this The Best Of Tour series. This energetic rendition, however,  delivered near the end of a 3+ hour concert held concurrently with a rainstorm surely qualifies for this distinction.

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Best Of The 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Feels So Good – Chicago Rosemont 2009

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Feels so good, not to love you like I did
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said,
We’re gonna let this prisoner live
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said,
We’re gonna let this prisoner live

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good
Chicago Rosemont Theatre – October 29, 2009

“Feels So Good” was the first new song performed during a 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour concert. While the lyrics and arrangements of this song changed several times as it was played in Asheville, Durham, Kansas City, Las Vegas, San Jose, Auckland, Salzburg, Katowice, Sligo, … there remains something special about that Chicago performance.
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I suppose the fact that I met Leonard Cohen and first heard Feels So Good at the soundcheck before the show that night1 could theoretically have influenced my judgement on this matter.

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good
Rosemont Theatre, Chicago: Oct 29, 2009
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Photos by Lisa Sweet. Originally posted July 3, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Video: Leonard Cohen Summarizes His Introduction To Hydra, Greece

These excerpts from the BBC documentary offer a succinct view of Leonard’s embrace of Hydra