Leonard Cohen on His 2008 Tour: “It didn’t look like it was going to pan out very well” – From Leonard Cohen Master of Song by Sylvie Simmons


Leonard Cohen’s Reluctance To Begin The 2008 Tour

Graciously acceding to my request, Sylvie Simmons offers an excerpt from her forthcoming 5000 word essay on Leonard Cohen that will appear in The next issue of MOJO (#279), which should be in the hands of subscribers and on newsstands the end of Dec 2016 or early Jan 2017.

“It’s hard to separate the feelings at the beginning of the [2008]  tour”, said Leonard. “Reluctance of course. The difficulty of assembling the band, especially when you haven’t done it for almost fifteen years, and in those early periods of assembling the band I guess I felt some reluctance that I had started the whole process, because it didn’t look like it was going to pan out very well. There was a great anxiety about whether we had a show. And my voice”, he laughed. “Well my voice was the least of my worries. I’ve never thought of my voice as a fine or a delicate instrument; I’ve never thought of myself as a singer.” But finally he said he was ready.