Brilliant Photos & Moving Review: Leonard Cohen Concert at Benicassim International Festival 2008

europa2008-005I swear I was not emotionally prepared for what was to happen on the last day of the 2008 Benicàssim International Festival. I swear. If I could have imagined that everything that happened was really happening, I might even be afraid of having a heart attack in the middle of the audience, I wiggled, there are things the heart can not take anymore. The heart, at this moment, still beats. The body is a mess and I do not know if I have recovered emotionally yet. We will see…

These striking photos and an equally stirring review (excerpt above via Google Translate) of the July 20, 2014 Leonard Cohen Benicassim concert embody the personal investment of photojournalist Marcelo Costa in this music. His take on Leonard Cohen’s performance at that show can be found at FIB 2008, Domingo (Scream & Yell Brazil: July 21, 2008). Happily, Marcelo has graciously allowed the posting of his photos here. Credit Due Department: Photos by Marcelo Costa / Scream & Yell Brazil

New Video: Leonard Cohen’s Evocative Performance Of I Tried To Leave You – Florence 2010

triedtoGoodnight, my darling, I hope you’re satisfied,
The bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide.
And here’s a man still working for your smile.

Uploaded Dec 29, 2016, this Albert Noonan video offers not only Leonard Cohen’s own moving rendition of I Tried To Leave You and his end of concert blessings but also spotlights performances by band members.

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Florence: Sept 1, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

16 Splendid Photos From The “Lost” 2009 Leonard Cohen Bilbao Concert


Photos From Cohenite Document Little Known Concert

The September 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour concert in Barakaldo, Spain (aka The Bilbao Concert – see explanation below) was one of those Cohen Stealth Concerts – shows that were well performed by the musicians and well received by the audiences but somehow escaped notice, generating comparatively few video and audio recordings, reviews, and, of course, photos.

Consequently, I was excited to stumble across this bevy of top-notch shots taken by Fleya de Ugalde, who graciously agreed to allow me to post a sampling here, noting “Fellow Cohenites must be kind to each other.”

As noted in Signs Of Leonard Cohen – Barakaldo, Spain 2009:

The venue for this concert was listed on Tour schedules as the “Bilbao Exhibition Centre.” But the BEC moved from Bilbao to Barakaldo and is now known officially as “Bizkaia Arena.” It remains, however, universally known as “Bilbao Exhibition Centre.”

I am especially fond of the photo sequence seen below of Cohen holding ‘the flowers, then striking his “prepare to depart” pose, than hit his “and away we go” move.


It’s a secret no longer – Leonard Cohen was a happy man in Bilbao/Barakaldo.

happyMore photos of this show can be found at Fleya’s Leonard Cohen en Bilbao.