Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970: Download Audience Recording


Leonard Cohen: Leeds University 1970


Leeds Student Union Refectory : 1970 Leonard Cohen Concert Venue

Denis Piggott was a student at Leeds University in 1970 and was in the audience at Leonard Cohen’s May 19th concert.1 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappily for us, he brought along his trusty Philips cassette recorder and captured the the complete show except the final song (Please Don’t Pass Me By), which was the point at which when the tape ran out.2

He has made this recording available for download in two parts:

Update: These files have been uploaded to YouTube. See Hear Leonard Cohen Playing Leeds 1970

For more about this show, see Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970 – Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970 – Photos & Reviews

From Denis Piggott

Leeds, England – (Leeds University)
May 19, 1970 (actually between May 15 & 17)

1st set:
1. Bird On The Wire
2. So Long, Marianne
3. You Know Who I Am
4. Dead Song (poem)
5. Lady Midnight
6. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
7. The Stranger Song – solo
8. Joan Of Arc
9. Tonight Will Be Fine

2nd set:
10. The Music Crept By Us (poem)
11. The Partisan
12. Sisters Of Mercy
13. Diamonds In The Mine
14. Story Of Isaac
15. Famous Blue Raincoat
16. Sing Another Song, Boys
17. Travel (poem)
18. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
19. Suzanne
20. Please Don’t Pass Me By

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post: Copyright John Rettie – www.rocknrollphotographs.com. Photo of Leeds Student Union: Betty Longbottom [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Recorder photo: “Philips EL3302” by mib18 – selbst (neudeutsch: own work). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Note: Based on an Oct 3, 2009 post at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

  1. The exact date of this concert is uncertain. Cohen Live has it taking place “May 19, 1970, actually between May 15 & 17” []
  2. This information was originally posted by denispiggott at LeonardCohenForum. []