Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: 2010 Helsinki Concert Video & Photos

The 2010 Helsinki Concert Photos

Maarten Massa’s photos of Leonard Cohen and, especially, the band members and backup singers from the August 10, 2010 Helsinki concert are among the best taken during the entire 2008-2010 tour. In addition to the shots displayed in this post, many other photos from the Helsinki show can be found at Leonard Cohen in Helsinki – Aug 10 2010: Part 1 and Part 2.

Video: Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You + Thank You To Jarkko

That the final song of the August 10, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert was “I Tried To Leave You” was hardly a surprise. Nor were the solo performances by the band members and backup singers unexpected.

Unique to the Helsinki show, however, were Leonard Cohen’s words of appreciation, following the completion of “I Tried To Leave You,” for the role Jarkko Arjatsalo and his website, LeonardCohenFiles.com, played in keeping Cohen’s songs alive when his “voice wasn’t heard very often in very many places.”

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Helsinki: Aug 10, 2010
Video from itriedtoleaveyou

Note: Originally posted July 5, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Brilliant Photos From The Leonard Cohen 2010 Helsinki Concert

Maarten Massa’s photos of Leonard Cohen and, especially, the band members and backup singers, at the August 10, 2010 Helsinki concert are among the best I’ve seen since the commencement of the tour. While he has graciously allowed these to be posted at Cohencentric, many other shots he took at the Helsinki show can be found at Leonard Cohen Helsinki – Aug 10 2010: Part 1 and Part 2.

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Leonard Cohen - Helsinki 2010

Note: Originally posted August 10, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Lyrics with unequaled depth & an incomparable voice of distinction” 2013 St John’s Review Gives Leonard Cohen Perfect Score, Docks Crowd 1 Star For Leaving Early

TOTAL SCORE: 9.8/10

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CROWD – There was a constant sense of love, excitement and fulfillment. The only negative of the whole evening was that many had left the building after 3.5 hours and missed the last 4 of the 7 encore selections.

From Leonard Cohen at Mile One – St. John’s Review by Alexander Chisholm. The Scene: April 25, 2013. Full review and photo gallery of the April 20, 2013 Leonard Cohen concert at Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL  at link.

Dr Heck Note: The Review is hereby docked one start for confusing current guitarist Mitch Watkins with Bob Metzger, who previously toured with Leonard Cohen:

Following the lead laid down by the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, fellow Texan Bob Metzger nailed the album solo of “First We Take Manhattan”, resulting in the first standing ovation of the evening.

Comment from original posting:

tammigirl on : I know! People! You never leave until the lights go up! All the way up!

Note: Originally posted Apr 26, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

20+ Striking Images From 1993 Leonard Cohen Barcelona Concert

Left to right: Paul Ostermayer, Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla, Jorge Calderon, Leonard Cohen

Left to right: Paul Ostermayer, Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla, Jorge Calderon, Leonard Cohen

The screen captures from the 1993 Leonard Cohen TV broadcast proved sufficiently impressive to warrant their own gallery. While all of the photos are worth a look, those featuring Bob Metzger, who played guitar during the 2008-2010 World Tour, Paul Ostermayer on saxophone, and the backup singers, Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla, are splendid.

Note: The quality of individual screen captures is dependent on many factors, including the decisions and style of the original cameraman and director, the stage lighting (in 1993, Leonard had a whole lotta purple going on), the musician’s instrument (just finding the drummer hidden in his equipment was difficult), and location on stage (there are 5 screen captures for Julie Christensen, situated on one side, for every usable screenshot of Perla Batalla, who positioned between Julie and the other musicians).

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Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla, Leonard Cohen

Bob Metzger (guitars, pedal steel guitar)

Paul Ostermayer (keyboards, saxophone, flute)

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Pro-Shot Video: Leonard Cohen’s Measured Masterpiece – “Hallelujah” Barcelona 1993

hall-baI did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Featuring Bob Metzger

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Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Barcelona: May 15 1993
Video from a1000kissesdeep

The backup singers on the 1993 tour were Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla. The band musicians were Bob Metzger (yep, the same Bob Metzger who played in the 2008-2010 World Tour): guitar and steel pedal guitar, Jorge Calderón: bass, Bill Ginn: keyboards, Paul Ostermayer: keyboards, saxophone. Bob Furgo: violin, keyboards, Steve Meador: drums.1

Note: Originally posted Sept 1, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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Video: A Soulful “Bird On The Wire” By Leonard Cohen – Bratislava 2010

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Leonard Cohen – Bird  On The Wire
Bratislava: Oct 13, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Oct 17, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric