Leonard Cohen Appears At Bottom Line; Harry Chapin Drops In – 1974

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Note: Leonard Cohen performed at the Bottom Line in New York City on Nov 29, Nov 30, and Dec 1, 1974 (two shows each night). And, Harry Chapin wasn’t the only celebrity musician to visit; Judy Collins & Janis Ian also came by (see photo at link).

Credit Due Department: Clippings are from Jem Treadwell’s Leonard Cohen Scrapbook

Emily Bindiger’s Personal Photos: 1974 Leonard Cohen Tour

windowx-scaled10007Emily Bindiger, backup vocalist for the 1974 Leonard Cohen Tour, shares these shots from her personal collection.

 

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L to R: John Lissauer, Jeffrey Layton, Leonard Cohen, John Miller, Emily Bindiger, Erin Dickins

 

Note: Originally posted October 29, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Print Ad For Parc de la Courneuve Appearance – Paris 1974

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Print ad for Leonard Cohen and others appearing at ête de l’Humanité, Parc de la Courneuve in Paris, France on Sept 7 & 8, 1974. (Cohen appeared on the first day of the festival, Sept 7, 1974.)

Note: Originally posted November 8, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Love, Ludwigshafen & Leonard Cohen: Eyewitness To 1974 Mystery Concert Emerges

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Introduction

The July 16,  2012 Heck Of A Guy post,1 Mysterious Ticket Clue To Phantom 1974 Leonard Cohen Concert? explored the question, Did Leonard Cohen Play Ludwigshafen On Oct 16, 1974? A summary follows:

An unused ticket that appeared to have been printed for this show [seen atop this post] was being sold on eBay, but no record of Cohen concerts I found2 listed any show taking place anywhere on October 16, 1974. Nor did any of these records list any Leonard Cohen concert taking place in Ludwigshafen in 1974.3 Details are available at the link.

Roger & Selma Fall In Love, Happen Onto A Leonard Cohen Show

Over a year after the original post,4 however, a credible witness who attended that concert has identified himself and has emailed this description:

I was just 19 years old then. I had been spending some days the summer of 1974 in Villach, Austria. There I met Selma. I just had to leave Norway for this girl. Selma’s parents lived in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. We were going for a walk in Ebertpark, we did not knew that it was a concert in Eberthalle that evening in the middle of October 1974. Cohen – we both knew him – at least ‘Suzanne’ … bought tickets and found two free seats in the front of the concert hall at the same time as Cohen entered the stage. Dark dressed – he gave us a memorable evening. Cohen is still a favourite, we are listen to his songs daily. We waited until August 2012 before we decided again to visit one of his concert in Norway, where we have been living together since 1978.

Sorry: no ticket (we got tickets without seat-number ??), no picture was made.

Ludwigshafen am Rhein had a new modern railway station opened in 1969, and it was possible to travel directly from Ludwigshafen to Paris by train. Eberthalle (Friedrich-Ebert-Halle) exists from 1965 (Info: Wikipedia).

Roger the Norwegian5

While tangible evidence (e.g., a newspaper clipping, a ticket, a program, …) supporting this report would have been ideal, I find this testimony, the concert ticket found on eBay, and the LeonardCohenForum member’s post about attending the show compelling support for the existence of a previously undocumented Oct 16, 1974 Leonard Cohen Ludwigshafen concert.

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  1. Reposted  April 16, 2016 at Cohencentric []
  2. Including Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin, CohenLive, and LeonardCohenFiles []
  3. CohenLive, Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin, and LeonardCohenFiles do list Cohen concerts at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle Ludwigshafen, but only on April 27, 1976 and November 26, 1979. []
  4. This content was originally posted Nov 19, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric []
  5. Roger sent me his real name; the alias is used online for privacy []

Mysterious Ticket Clue To Phantom 1974 Leonard Cohen Concert?

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Did Leonard Cohen Play Ludwigshafen On Oct 16, 1974?

I was initially attracted to this ticket on sale at eBay because of the charm of its rugged, worn appearance.  Checking the exact date of the concert for which the ticket was issued, however, turned up a mystery.

The text on the ticket, at least by my reading of it, indicates the concert took place in Ludwigshafen, Germany on Wednesday, October 16, 1974. The problem is that no record of Cohen concerts I’ve reviewed1 lists any show taking place anywhere on October 16, 1974. Nor do any of these records list any Leonard Cohen concert taking place in Ludwigshafen in 1974.2

The October 1974 Leonard Cohen concerts, according to CohenLive (no longer online), follow:

1974/10/01   Rotterdam, Nederland – (De Doelen)
1974/10/02   Amsterdam, Nederland – (Jaap Edenhal)
1974/10/04   Heidelberg, Deutschland (1) – (Stadthalle)
1974/10/04   Heidelberg, Deutschland (2) – (Stadthalle)
1974/10/06   Frankfurt, Deutschland – (Jahrhunderthalle) ¶
1974/10/07   Wien [Vienna], Österreich – (Stadthalle) ¶
1974/10/08   Strasbourg, France – (Hall du Trivoli)
1974/10/12   Barcelona, España – (Palau De La Musica Catalana) ¶
1974/10/13   Barcelona, España – (Palau De La Musica Catalana)
1974/10/14   Madrid, España – (Teatro Monumental)
1974/10/19   Paris, France (early) – (Olympia) ¶
1974/10/20   Paris, France (late, 1 a.m.) – (Olympia) ¶

The only reference to a 1974 Cohen appearance in Ludwigshafen I’ve found (other than the ticket) is a 2008 LeonardCohenForum post, which reads, in part,

I saw Leonard Cohen 1974 in Ludwigshafen/Germany, the second time in 1993 in Zürich, the third time 2008 in Montreux and … 25th october in Zürich. [emphasis mine]

Potential Solutions

1. The October 16, 1974 was somehow left off the indices of Cohen concerts.  A five day gap exists between Madrid (Oct 14) and Paris (Oct 19) so a show on the 16th in Ludwigshafen is certainly possible. Even by road, the distance from Ludwigshafen to Paris is only 516 km (321 miles).

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2. The ticket was intentionally misprinted, either as a prank or as a means to profit by fraud. This seems dubious and I have no reason to believe nor any evidence to indicate that this is a counterfeit ticket. I raise it only as a theoretical possibility included for completeness. Creating such believable text and printing a ticket seems an extravagant effort for a joke, and if an unscrupulous seller wished to foist a fake ticket onto a buyer, using a legitimate concert date on the ticket would require little effort and would be less likely to raise suspicion.

3. The ticket is for a show which was planned but never took place. I suppose this could be a ticket printed for a concert that was scheduled but was then cancelled. During the 2008-201-Leonard Cohen World Tour, for example, shows scheduled for Honolulu and Cambodia were cancelled. It seems statistically unlikely, however, that a full complement of tickets was printed for a cancelled show and only a single ticket survived to be sold almost 40 years later. And there is that LeonardCohenForum poster who recalls being at a Cohen concert in Ludwigshafen in 1974.

OK, this is not an exhaustive list of possibilities. It does not, for instance include a time-space warp.  There may well be a simple solution that isn’t apparent to me but is obvious to others. Or perhaps the key to this apparent discrepancy is well known to everyone but me. In any case I encourage readers to offer personal or documented information about the concert, explanations, hypotheses, speculations, …

Note: Originally posted July 16, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Including Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin, CohenLive (no longer online), and LeonardCohenFiles []
  2. CohenLive, Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin, and LeonardCohenFiles do list Cohen concerts at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle  Ludwigshafen, but only on April 27, 1976 and November 26, 1979. []