Video: Leonard Cohen’s Intense Bird On The Wire Performance – Frankfurt 1993

Rarely Seen Performance From The Future Tour 1993

Tom Sakic,1 uploaded an audience recording of Leonard Cohen and his band performing “Bird on the Wire” at the Alt Oper, Frankfurt, Germany, May 27, 1993. Featured on guitar is Bob Metzger, who was also guitarist for the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour.

While the visual aspect is suboptimal by today’s standards, the video is watchable, and the audio quality is good.  Add in the fact that performances of this song from the 1993 Tour are hard to find, and this video ranks as a must-see for any Cohen fan.

Note: Originally posted Jan 3, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Leonard Cohen Signs Sweater, Proposes Marriage; Denise Knowles Accepts

Original Caption: Leonard, just about to sign my sweater, after he admired it.

Autograph Three Years In The Making

Just over a year ago [at time of original posting], 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric published Unusual Surfaces Autographed By Leonard Cohen, an annotated list of atypical items Leonard Cohen has signed on the owner’s request: a license tag, a pink iPhone case, the inside of a fedora, seafood, a t-shirt concurrently worn by a young woman … While I only recently discovered today’s addition to this list, a sweater belonging to Denise Knowles, Leonard scribbled his name on that garment over twenty years ago – and  the initiating event that led to the Leonard Cohen monicker being thus affixed took place three years before that.

Oh, and that sweater signature came with a marriage proposal uttered with witnesses present by the Poet Laureate Of Commitophobes.1

Denise Knowles explains:

The story actually begins in 1970, when an old boyfriend played an LP of Songs of Leonard Cohen. I just fell for Leonard’s voice, and the rest is  history.

In 1990, I paid a visit to a very good friend of mine. It turned out that her fiancé’s sister, who was there when I visited,  worked in promotions at SONY.  After I brought up that CBS-SONY was Leonard Cohen’s record label, she told me that if Cohen  toured again … she would get me tickets.

Yeah, sure.

I knew better than to count on a promise made three years earlier by the sister of a fiancé of a friend, so when I discovered Leonard Cohen would be playing at Royal Albert Hall  on the 10th May 1993, I purchased my own ticket for the show.

Then, lo and behold, three days before the show, the  Gold Ticket arrived.

My friend Janet [on left in photo atop this post] and I watched  the concert from Box 025 with food and drink served throughout the performance. (If I had used the ticket I bought myself I would have been in seat 127 row Z1.)

At the start of  the encore, the woman who had arranged the box tickets told me I would also be going to the Elgar Room for after-concert drinks.

I thought I  had died and gone to heaven.

But it got even better.

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  1. “Poet Laureate Of Commitophobes” is an early listing at Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames []

Unauthorized Release Of 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich Concert Broadcast: The End Of Love – 2 Vol LP

PARA128LP_MPO_SLEEVE.inddDominique BOILE has discovered another bootleg (this one comprising two vinyl LPs produced by Parachute with release date of April 28, 2017) based on the radio broadcast of the May 21, 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich concert. For details, see these posts on similar bootlegs:

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Leonard Cohen Live! From The Complex, Los Angeles – April 18, 1993

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The Columbia Records Radio Hour Presents Leonard Cohen Live!
From The Complex, Los Angeles, Calif.
April 18, 1993  CBS Promo CSK 5249 SI

Recorded by Leanne Ungar for Columbia Radio Hour, this Sunday morning concert by Leonard Cohen at The Complex in Los Angles on April 18, 1993  was later released to 100 participating radio stations.

complexfromdom2Tracks:

1. First We Take Manhattan 6:07
2. Ain’t Cure For Love 5:11
3. Coming Back To You 4:37
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love 6:07
5. Democracy 7:14
6. Waiting For The Miracle 7:27
7. The Future 6:51
8. I’m Your Man 5:31

Credit Due Department: From the private collection of Dominique BOILE

Leonard Cohen: Explorer Of The Blue Dimension Bootleg Now Online

bluediemThe first disk of this two-disk bootleg is based on The Columbia Records Radio Hour Presents Leonard Cohen Live! From The Complex, Los Angeles, Calif. April 18, 1993  (CBS Promo CSK 5249 SI)

live-from-complex-scaled500Recorded by Leanne Ungar for Columbia Radio Hour, this Sunday morning concert by Leonard Cohen at The Complex in Los Angles on April 18, 1993  was later released to 100 participating radio stations. This is, as one would expect from its origins, a high quality recording.

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At least five bootlegs have been or are being sold that feature the same tracks from the same 1993 Leonard Cohen Los Angeles concert, each supplemented with various selections from other performances.

Leonard Cohen: Explorer Of The Blue Dimension
Unofficial Release: 2001
Uploaded by Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva

Setlist and Notes

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Hear Quality Bootleg Of 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich Concert & Bonus Tracks

numerisation_20170108-3Blossoms of Heaven Ashes of Hell is another of the nine or more bootlegs made from the FM broadcast of the 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich show. One would expect it to be identical or similar to The Presence, which is also online at YouTube (see Listen To 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich Concert Online) except this recording includes the following “Bonus tracks:”

  • Who By Fire? (Austin 31.10.1998)
  • Ballad Of The Runaway Horse
  • Joan Of Arc (Studio Version With Jennifer Warnes)
  • The Hypnotist (A Rare Fragment)

Scans of Blossoms of Heaven Ashes of Hell cover art & CDs contributed by Dominique BOILE.

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Leonard Cohen | Blossoms of Heaven Ashes of Hell
Unofficial soundboard recording
Zurich: 1993
Uploaded by Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva

 

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