Photos by Maarten Massa. I’m especially taken with the shot of an ebullient Mitch Watkins previously posted at Mitch Watkins Joyfully Accepts “The Golden Fist of Marrakesh” – 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert. More shots from this concert can be found at Gallery 1 and Gallery 2
“[I handed] Mitch his guitar in the voice of a madman as ‘The Golden Fist of Marrakesh.’” Leif Bodnarchuk
The above photo of Mitch Watkins was taken by Maarten Massa at the Sept 20, 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert. That shot, especially when grouped with the photo below taken by Eugene McLaughlin and posted earlier at Photos From The Leonard Cohen Birmingham Concert: The Good Time Guys – Roscoe Beck & Mitch Watkins, makes a strong prima facie case that Mitch Watkins is happy being on tour with Leonard Cohen.
Credit Due Department: The Leif Bodnarchuk quote is from Old Ideas Tour — Sep 20, Amsterdam, posted Sept 21, 2013 at his Old Ideas Tour blog,
While I have a pocketful of performance pontifications about the Leonard Cohen Oct 31, 2012 Austin concert itself, perfectly good reviews of the show have already been published during the time I was winging my way home. Consequently, I am deferring my own pronouncements on the music in favor of first reporting on issues more aligned with my mission to make 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com the most devoutly irreverent and superficially attractive Cohencentric sites on the Internet.
And what could be more in line with those goals than a post on the latest Leonard Cohen symbol/fashion statement – the 2013 Leonard Cohen World Tour Logo, which was in evidence backstage at the Oct 31, 2012 show in Austin?
The previous logo, worn by the crew during the 2012 Tour is shown below for comparison.
Note: Originally posted Nov 2, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Soundchecks: The Other Leonard Cohen Tour
Attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck1 is enlightening, instructive, and inspiring, but most of all, it’s fun. The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck series is a collection of individual instances that manifest this principle.
Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck #6 The Private Leonard Cohen Concert
When the venue is indoors, the entire audience (if there is an audience at all) at a Leonard Cohen soundcheck often comprises only one or two people. Such is the case in the photo atop this post, taken at the Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Soundcheck. The only occupied seats in the auditorium of Bass Concert Hall are those two in the right lower corner on which Duchess & I were perched. Two observations from that and similar events follow:
- If you bring a romantic interest as a guest to a Leonard Cohen soundcheck for which you are the only civilians and you don’t get lucky after the show, you should reassess your relationship with that guest.
- If you note, while attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, that at some point you do not feel bedazzled, just sit quietly – you have died and there is no reason to disturb your companion.
In her show, “Wishful Drinking,” Carrie Fisher explains that the song “She Moves On” written by her ex-husband, Paul Simon, is about her; she then advises the audience that
If you ever get a chance to have Paul Simon write a song about you, I hope you’ll please say Yes.
In the same spirit, I offer the equally superfluous admonition:
If you ever get a chance to attend a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, I hope you’ll please say Yes.
Now, if you can get Paul Simon to write a song about you attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, …
Credit Due Department: It was at the 2012 Austin soundcheck that I met Joey Carenza, whose duties as Road Manager of the Leonard Cohen Tour included shooting and posting photos of the Tour. 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 as the entire audience. Photo by J.S. Carenza III.
Note: Six tracks on Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, the Leonard Cohen live album scheduled for release May 12, 20151 were recorded during soundchecks, thus affording an excellent rationale for republishing The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck series. This post was originally posted August 15, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, the earlier incarnation of Cohencentric.
- The technical definition of soundcheck from Wikipedia follows: A soundcheck is the preparation that takes place before a concert, speech, or similar performance, when the performer and the sound crew run through a small portion of the upcoming show on the venue’s sound system to make sure that the sound in the venue’s “Front Of House” and stage monitor sound systems is clear and at the right volume and tonal frequencies. [↩]