In 1995 Cohen’s manager, Kelley Lynch, put together Tower of Song, a set of his compositions sung by bigger stars including Sting and Bono. She asked Phil Collins, who turned her down.
Cohen himself sent Collins a fax, saying: “Would Beethoven refuse the invitation of Mozart?” Collins faxed back: “No, unless Beethoven was on a world tour at the time.”
Cohen understood: “It’s kind of a pain in the ass, to think about somebody else’s dismal songs when you’re not even in the studio.”
From Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen’s head? by Tim de Lisle (The Guardian, 17 September 2004)
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Note: Originally posted May 16, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric