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

Backstage Photos & TV News Video: 2012 Leonard Cohen Bucharest Concert

budaPhotos of Sept 22, 2012 Leonard Cohen Bucharest Concert by Unified Heart Touring Company crew. Click on images for best viewing

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From Leonard Cohen sang for 15,000 fans in Bucharest (Stiri TV: 23 September 2012) [via Google Translate]:

At 78 years and one day, Leonard Cohen has gathered over 15,000 spectators Saturday night in Constitution Square, according to TVR. Among them, many young people who were not even born when the artist was already in vogue….It is a source of pride for us hat one of the musicians chosen to accompany Cohen  on the tour is Moldavian violinist Alexandru Bublitchi. Leonard Cohen turned 78 on September 21. Four years ago, when he was 74, Cohen was in Bucharest for his  first concert in Romania. He celebrated his birthday on stage and his audience sang “Happy Birthday.” He liked it so much that in 2009 he returned to Bucharest.

Romanian TV – News: Leonard Cohen 2012 Budapest Concert

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post from Webb Sisters Facebook page. Final photo by Leif Bodnarchuk. All other photos by J.S. Carenza III.

Note: Originally posted Sept 24, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

15 Photos: A Carenza-eye View Of The 2012 Leonard Cohen Kingston Show

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A Cohen in a Kings Town

Joseph Carenza III, the Leonard Cohen Tour Road Manager, offers a batch of photos of the preparation for and execution of the Dec 13, 2012 Leonard Cohen Kingston Concert, some of which are dramatic, others of which are intriguing, and all of which are entertaining. These are some of my favorites, along with the original captions.

Note: Originally posted Dec 14, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric