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.


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

Revealing Photos From The August 28, 2012 Leonard Cohen Bergen Concert


I urge viewers to take a close look at this set of photos from the August 28, 2012 Leonard Cohen Bergen Concert because they, to borrow Pete Purnell’s phrasing, capture moments and subtle gestures that are rarely caught in the photos of the all too familiar poses favored by editors of media sites.

These photos are the work of jarlehm. These shots, along with other selections from this concert and some amazing photos of other, distinctly non-Cohenesque musicians, including Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Rhianna, … can be found.

Worthy of special note are

  • The photos of Sharon Robinson (with Leonard Cohen in Image #2), Javier Mas (Image #3), Roscoe Beck (Image #6), Hattie Webb ((Image #8), and Alex Bublitchi.(Image #11), all of which show the intense concentration and focus of these musicians not during their flamboyant solos or when they are otherwise in the spotlight but during routine, non-dramatic moments. This is not a troupe that ever phones it in.
  • I’m always taken with black and white shots of Leonard Cohen, which seem to bring out the dignity of the man. These three (Images #5, 9, & 12) are are good examples.
  • The photo with percussionist Rafael Gayol, barely visible behind Leonard Cohen (Image #13), somehow managing to look like a mischievous youngster having great fun on his drum set where Dad can’t see him.
  • Image #1 – OK, I admit it’s almost cheating to select for display here a shot of Leonard Cohen beaming like that since that’s what every fan wants to see (which raises the question, who is working for whose smile?). Sue me.
  • The final photo (Image #14) showing the audience in stark black and white is just stunning.

Note: Originally posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

20+ Brilliant Photos From The Sept 2, 2012 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert

All the shots in this gallery are by Maarten Massa, a remarkably reliable source of sharply focused, telling photos of not only Leonard Cohen but also each of the Unified Heart musicians at every concert he attends. These photos by Maarten along with many more of this quality can be found at his Facebook album: Leonard Cohen, Helsinki Sept 2 2012

Note: Originally posted Feb 13, 2015 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

15 Evocative Photos From The Sept 29, 2012 Leonard Cohen Paris Concert

The qualities of all of these photos are self-evident; I am, however, especially taken with the shots of a joyful Sharon Robinson (Image #4), a beaming, dynamic Roscoe Beck (Image #5) and Charley Webb demonstrating, professional that she is, artful hair management while bowing (the final Image). Photos by Philippe Geniez and Fanfan Solazzi.

Note: Originally posted Oct 29, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Brilliant Photos: 2013 Leonard Cohen Bercy Show Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 2


This is the second post comprising the stellar photos from Maarten Massa’s Facebook gallery. See the introduction to this set of images as well as other photos from this concert at The 2013 Leonard Cohen Paris Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 1

Photos worthy of special note include the gathering of the troupe at the front of the stage for The Partisan (see photo directly above), Leonard Cohen, looking his years as he bows (see photo on left directly below), Alex Bublitchi gazing over his violin with intensity (see photo on right and in the middle of the section below), Mitch Watkins cheerfully performing (see photo lower left below), and Rafael Bernardo Gayol peering over the top of his drum set (see photo below, lower right).

Note: Originally posted June 21, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric