Five Outstanding Close-up Leonard Cohen Photos – Amsterdam 2012

Theoretically, there may be close-up photos of Leonard Cohen performing in Amsterdam August 21, 2012 that are superior to these stellar shots – but if so, I haven’t seen them. Photos by Ben Houdijk. Please do not re-post without photographer’s permission.

Backstage Photos: Dec 15, 2012 Leonard Cohen Boston Concert

It Is Yours – Everything we got.

Photos & captions by J.S. Carenza III

Note: Originally posted Dec 16, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

I Can’t Forget – When The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter Went To “Very High”

Introduction: I Can’t Forget

Because many folks have become Leonard Cohen fans since Leonard’s final concert – Auckland, December 21, 2013, I’m publishing key 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com posts that originally came online during the 2008-2013 Tours to provide a sense of how it felt to be part of the World Of Cohen.during those halcyon days – and give those who were already Cohenites then the opportunity to relive the Golden Age Of Leonard. All such entries can be found at ,

Today’s I Can’t Forget moment hearkens back to the time between the 2010 and 2012 Tours.Today’s I Can’t Forget moment is a sequel to I Can’t Forget – The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter, and was originally posted Feb 6, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Odds Of Leonard Cohen 2012 Tour Go Up

The Old Ideas album promotions have generated new clues about the possibility of a Leonard Cohen concert tour.

Actually, calling  this excerpt from Exclusive Q&A: Leonard Cohen on New Tour, ‘Old Ideas’ by Andy Greene (Rolling Stone. January 30, 2012)  a “clue” may be an understatement:

[Interviewer] Do you want to tour again soon?
[Leonard Cohen] A tour is being booked.  Whether I’m going to show up . . . I haven’t signed on for it yet, but it’s certainly in the air.

[Interviewer]  Do you want to do it?
[Leonard Cohen] I have two minds. I don’t like to do a small tour, so whether I’m going to sign up for for another couple of years . . . is that really where I want to be? Maybe it is.

[Interviewer] But you think it’s going to happen?
[Leonard Cohen] Looks like it’s going to happen.

[Interviewer] I know that you toured last time partially because of your financial situation. The tour must have taken care of that, so what would drive you to tour again?
[Leonard Cohen] I was able to restore my tiny fortune within a year or so, but I kept on touring. It wasn’t exclusively that unique situation. Touring is like taking the first step on a walk to China. It’s a serious commitment, so there are a lot of factors to be examined.

There are several more items of this sort. The following are a sampling that were easy to find.

John McCrank, for example, writing in Cohen Regroups With Old Ideas for Reuters (January 31, 2012) about Cohen’s appearance at Joe’s Pub in New York reports:

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I Can’t Forget – The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter

Introduction: I Can’t Forget

Introduction: I Can’t Forget

Because many folks have become Leonard Cohen fans since Leonard’s final concert – Auckland, December 21, 2013, I’m publishing key 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com posts that originally came online during the 2008-2013 Tours to provide a sense of how it felt to be part of the World Of Cohen.during those halcyon days – and give those who were already Cohenites then the opportunity to relive the Golden Age Of Leonard. All such entries can be found at ,

Today’s I Can’t Forget moment hearkens back to the time between the 2010 and 2012 Tours. After the 2010 Leonard Cohen Tour ended, it was by no means certain that he would tour again.As fans wondered, speculated, shared rumors, read tea leaves … Jarkko Arjatsalo – webmaster of LeonardCohenForum and an extraordinarily nice guy – wisely counseled us, as he is wont to do, to “wait patiently” for an official announcement. Those who have followed Heck Of A Guy or its successor, Cohencentric, will have little difficulty recognizing that this site operates on a moderately different philosophy, to wit …

Those of you unfamiliar with LeonardCohenForum or 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric will just have to trust me that the above cartoon is hilariously funny.

In any case, during 2011 and 2012,1HeckOfAGuy displayed my calculations on the prospects of a new tour in a dignified, quiet, almost subliminal manner, as described in the following entry posted Aug 3, 2011.

New Rumors Inspire New Graphics

A plethora of murmurs and mutterings  relevant to the possibility of a 2012 Leonard Cohen tour are being bruited about and have been reported to Heck Of A Guy headquarters. As is often the case, however, each of these enticing clues was proffered on the condition that the source would remain absolutely anonymous, i.e., not only can no names be listed for attribution but also no specifics, such as the venue of a planned concert, which could identify any of the sources, can be disclosed.

Confronted with a bounty of information, almost none of which can be printed, DrHGuy has opted for the classic solution employed by newspapers, periodicals, and professional journals facing this conundrum of information encumbered by restrictions  – if you can’t display solid evidence, evidence a solid display.

As a result, the Heck Of A Guy 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Investigation now sports a strikingly flashy graphic – capable of indicating ambiguous judgements to an infinite degree of false precision – to indicate the likelihood that Leonard Cohen will perform a series of concerts next year.

Given that description, it will not surprise the astute viewer that the 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Level System, represented by the image atop this post, bears a close resemblance to the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS), which was phased out on April 27, 2011. As one might expect, Heck Of A Guy was able to purchase this no longer used (OK, this never ever used by anyone) government program, including its secret algorithms, equipment, and procedures as well as the graphic design, cheap.

The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter Reading Derivation Process

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Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Maarten Massa Photographs Dominique Boile Photographing 2012 Olympia Marquee

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things*

On Sept 29, 2012, Maarten Massa, who was in Paris for the Leonard Cohen concerts, noticed Dominique and Annie BOILE, also in Paris to attend that night’s show, immersed in photographing the Olympia Theatre marquee adorned with the artist’s name. Maarten snapped  photos of the scene and then, because we thought it would be a dandy surprise for Dominique, forwarded them to me for posting. It’s just our way of saying, “Bonjour, Dominique.”

*Included in this single, brief post are two of the nicest, most generous Cohen fans I know, a Paris theatre marquee that fascinates me, and Leonard Cohen. 

boiles-mm-scaled1000Update – Oops: This turned out to be one of those cases in which things, as they are wont to do, slide in all directions. The woman pictured with Dominique is not his wife, Annie, but an innocent family friend, Elisabeth Domergue, who happened to be with Dominique when Maarten took the photo. Maarten and I extend our chagrined apologies to Dominique, Elisabeth, and, especially, Annie for this faux pas.

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Note: Originally posted October 2, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric