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

Video: Leonard Cohen & Band Travel Day – 2009 Tour

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As its title suggests, “Travel Day for Leonard Cohen Band by Dino Soldo 10/14/2009” is a cinema verite travelogue constructed around the bus-borne journey between hotels for the musicians and support staff of Leonard Cohen’s band.

The video is narrated and directed by Dino Soldo, whose primary roles the past 16 months have been playing “instruments of the wind” at World Tour concerts and occasioning a certain amount of swooning among female fans. Mr Soldo is also, not coincidentally, the star of the flick with supporting roles played by crew, other band members, and backup singers.

A small speaking part, “man in hat occupying front seat of bus,”  is adequately performed by one Leonard Cohen.

Travel Day for Leonard Cohen Band
By Dino Soldo 10/14/2009

Note: Originally posted Oct 18, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos: 2009 Leonard Cohen Chicago Rosemont Concert

P1000638The October 29, 2009 Chicago Rosemont Concert was marvelous for many reasons, including the premiere performance of “Feels So Good.” On a personal level, it was a never-to-be-forgotten event because I attended my first Leonard Cohen soundcheck and then met Leonard face to face for the first time before the show.  That experience is featured in these posts:

These photos were taken at the 2009 Rosemont show by Elizabeth Sweet,1 who proved to be not only an outstanding photographer but also a delight as my companion during this incredible adventure.

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I am especially happy about the photo below of Javier Mas and Dino Soldo because (1) it captures the 17 nanoseconds of the show during which Dino Soldo was immobile. and (2) it demonstrates how commanding his presence can be even when he is stationary.

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Note: Originally posted Oct 30, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. The Duchess and I are both taken with Lisa, an amazing woman who did her post-grad work in English Lit at Duke and now writes primarily about raising goats & permaculture skills. []