This video is an honorary member of When Bad Seats Happen To Good Photographers, the informal Cohencentric series based on the realization that some Leonard Cohen concert photos taken from the cheap seats more than compensate for the lack of closeup shots with intriguing angles and perspectives hidden to those photographing the show from directly in front of the stage. In this case, however. the obstacle is not bad seats but the video police. The videographer, cohenadmirer1, explains
I was told not to film but got some rough video towards the end of the concert. Here it is. Includes Going Home … First We Take Manhattan…Closing Time …. I Tried To Leave You.
The result is a video salmagundi of action taking place in the audience as well as on the stage and telescreens with abrupt visual and audio cuts, distorted views, jumbled images, … Featured alongside the performances are such delights as an audience member intently videotaping the show while singing along, drummer Rafael Bernardo Gayol blowing a kiss and not blowing the drumstick toss and catch, closeup guitar picking, and – yep – much more. (See the gallery of screenshots below)
And, it’s great, capturing the excitement, tension, joyfulness, and ambivalence that mark the end of a Leonard Cohen concert.
Leonard Cohen In Concert
Montreal: Nov 29, 2012
Video by cohenadmirer1
Note: Originally posted Feb 16, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric