“Leonard Cohen made [Scotiabank Place] feel intimate and warm, and hearts feel ready to burst”

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Leonard Cohen 2012 venue: Scotiabank Place

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I had reservations about seeing Cohen inside an arena as large as Scotiabank Place but in the end, it didn’t matter. Cohen made the place feel intimate and warm, and hearts feel ready to burst. He’s still one of the best.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Entrances At Scotiabank Place, Denis Armstrong’s review of the Dec 7, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ottawa concert (Ottawa Sun: Dec 7, 2012). Note: Originally posted December 8, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by Flickr user C.P.Storm, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Second photo by Janothird~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). Own work assumed (based on copyright claims), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons

In Situ Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Madrid 2012

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Joey Carenza, Road Manager for the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour, has ventured into what appears to be the part of town my mother warned me about to capture photos of this poster (and the company it keeps) promoting the Oct 5, 2012 Leonard Cohen concert in Madrid.

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Note: Originally posted 2012/10/05 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Exquisite Performance Of Suzanne – July 14, 2012 Los Angeles Rehearsal

Featuring Alex Bublitchi On Violin

Video posted by Mark Romanek

From the Vimeo Description:

In the summer of 2012, Leonard invited me to see his tour rehearsal. I assumed there would be several dozen people there, but I was the only one he had invited. It took a few songs for it to fully sink in that I was essentially being given a private concert. During a break, I asked him if it would be okay if I shot some video on my iPhone. He immediately agreed. “It helps me to have some distractions,” he said. I’ve only shown this footage to a few friends. I hope you enjoy it.

While the location is not indicated, the 2012 tour rehearsals were held at at Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR) in Los Angeles.

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Leonard Cohen Rehearsal at SIR – June 30, 2012

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video. Photo of SIR rehearsal taken by J.S. Carenza III

Leonard Cohen: “Thanks so much for not going home. It would be terrible to come out & find a skating rink” 2012 Toronto Show

Leonard Cohen on returning from intermission of Dec 4, 2012 concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL Maple Leafs. Quoted in Leonard Cohen Captivates Toronto Crowd by Mike Crisolago (Zoomer: Dec 5, 2012).

Excerpt from the same review:

This emotion is a direct result of the sense of spirituality that permeates all of Cohen’s shows, perhaps more so now more than ever. This is a man who, in his 70s, was forced back on the road because he’d very nearly lost everything, only to find waves of love and devotion awaiting his return. This is a man who made a massive Toronto arena feel as small as an underground Montreal poetry club simply through creating an atmosphere of intimacy, reflection, and humility. This is also a man very cognizant of his own existence, noting that while he hopes to be back at age 80, “we may or may not see each other again, so I promise you tonight we’ll give you everything we’ve got.”

That’s exactly what he did, and the fans in Toronto couldn’t have left happier. If we’d all worn fedoras, we’d have certainly tipped them to Leonard.

Note: Originally posted December 6, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric