Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Suzanne, Featuring Alex Bublitchi – Kingston 2012

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And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Kingston: Dec 13, 2012
Video by JP Rayne

Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this video

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover Featuring Javier Mas – Kingston 2012

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And may the spirit of this song,
may it rise up pure and free.
May it be a shield for you,
a shield against the enemy.

This is another entry in our ongoing informal series, When Bad Seats Happen To Good Videographers. This video appears to have been taken over Charley Webb’s shoulder, but the result is a uniquely enjoyable perspective on the performance.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Kingston: Dec 13, 2012
Video by JP Rayne

Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this video

Leonard Cohen: “I didn’t sing for 15 years, and now you can’t get rid of me” – Toronto 2012

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I didn’t sing for 15 years, and now you can’t get rid of me. We might not see each other ever again, but, tonight, we’ll give you everything we’ve got.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen at Dec 4, 2012 Toronto Concert, quoted in Leonard Cohen: Paying rent in the tower of song sounds divine, Brad Wheeler’s review of that show (Globe And Mail: Dec 5, 2012)
 
Note: Originally posted Dec 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2012 Leonard Cohen Toronto Show: “There was a standing ovation when he took the stage. A standing ovation at the end of the first set. A standing ovation after Hallelujah. A standing ovation after his finale, Closing Time.”

Mixing healthy doses of self-deprecation, graciousness, and a mischievous charm, it was abundantly clear why so many have said he has mastered the art of seduction.

Standing ovations abounded. There was a standing ovation when he took the stage. A standing ovation at the end of the first set. A standing ovation after Hallelujah. A standing ovation after his finale, Closing Time.

Cohen was equally gracious. At one point, he said he was as thankful for those who had climbed into the rafters of the ACC, as he was for those who had “emptied their pockets” to sit down by the stage.

“Thank you,” he said. “Not just for tonight, but for all the years you’ve given me.”

Closing lines from Concert Review: Leonard Cohen seduced the Air Canada Centre by Scott Deveau (Dec 5, 2012). The complete review and three large photos by Darren Calabrese, including the sample shown below, can be found at the link.

Signs Of Leonard Cohen On The Streets Of Paris: 2012 Olympia Theatre Concert

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A well positioned display announces the upcoming Leonard Cohen concerts at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on September 28, 29, & 30, 2012. This outstanding photo is by Nina & Beatriz Salles

Note: Originally posted April 11, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2012 Leonard Cohen Ottawa Concert: “A show full of life, grace, humor, and stanzas matured over the years”

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His hands, his hat and his grace. Leonard Cohen’s style is still there, haunting and lascivious,  flowing slowly to support each word and to regale, to savor more than to sing … ‘I do not know when we meet again, but we will give everything we have tonight!’ he whispered in a very charming French … before introducing the strongest of all his songs: Dance Me To The End Of Love … The average duration of the service? More than three hours. Scotiabank Place was no exception to the rule, the singing was continuing when this went to press. A show full of life, grace, humor, and stanzas matured over the years. [Google Translation]quotedown2

 

 

From Le poète qui suspendait le temps (“The poet who suspended time”), Maud Cucchi’s review of  the Dec 7, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ottawa concert, LeDroit: Dec 8, 2012.

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