Photos: Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Concert & Sound Check

follow_the_sound-scaled1000I have once again poached photos of the latest Leonard Cohen concert from the  Leonard Cohen blog, Notes From The Road,  These shots, however, are special for two reasons. First, I met Joey Carenza, whose duties as the Road Manager of the Leonard Cohen Tour, include, among many others, shooting photos for that blog and it turns out he is happy about this use of his shots, neatly transforming this activity from larceny to sharing. Second, I discovered that, prior to our meeting, Joey had serendipitously taken and posted a photo of the Oct 31, 2012 sound check (the image atop this post) that captured not only Leonard Cohen but also Duchess and me (the two tiny figures on the viewer’s lower right) as the entire audience.



Credit Due Department: Photos posted Oct 31, 2012 at Notes From The Road by Joey Carenza. Originally posted Nov 2, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Celebrating Leonard Cohen’s First Live Performance Of The Guests In 27 Years – Madrid 2012: A Dossier On The Song

Note: This material was originally posted Oct 7, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric, just after Leonard’s Oct 5, 2012 live performance of “The Guests,” his first in 27 years.

Concert Performances Of “The Guests”

Leonard Cohen’s performance of “The Guests” at the Oct 5, 2012 Madrid concert was the first time he had sung that song in concert  since the February 2, 1985 Wiesbaden show. Previously, “The Guests” had been a setlist fixture throughout his 1979 and 1980 tours; it was also played at the Jan 31, 1985 Mannheim concert.1

“The Guests” On Albums

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  1. Source: Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin []

“I can do two notes at a time” Leonard Cohen’s Tower Of Song With Fancy Keyboard Solo – NYC 2012

Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
They’re moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the Tower of Song

Leonard Cohen Channels Jerry Lee Lewis At Madison Square Garden: “That’s Nothing”

Leonard Cohen – Tower Of Song
Madison Square Garden: Dec 18, 2012
Video: James Finch

Note: Originally posted Dec 20, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I want to be Leonard Cohen when I grow up” 2012 New York Show Review


The 78-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter Delivers A Career-Defining Concert

I want to be Leonard Cohen when I grow up The 78-year-old singer-songwriter delivers a career-defining concert. After many years in hibernation, the endlessly cool 78-year-old singer-songwriter has returned to his career with a vengeance — perhaps literally so, since it was prompted by the embezzlement of his life’s savings by his former business manager. Since 2008 he’s been touring the world, playing arenas to capacity crowds and delivering shows that have been the best-received of his entire career. And the release this year of his latest CD, Old Ideas, demonstrates that he’s still — to quote one of his best-known compositions — atop the tower of song.quotedown2

Opening lines from Leonard Cohen at Madison Square Garden: Concert Review by Frank Scheck. Hollywood Reporter: Dec 19, 2012.  Photo taken by and posted with the permission of James Finch. Originally posted Dec 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric