Photos & Firsthand Report: July 4, 2013 Leonard Cohen Montreux Concert

“It is very hot here” Leonard Cohen

Uwe Schrade, who, along with Susanne Mohler, took the photos displayed below, writes:

It was a very special, intimate Concert… the band was in a very good shape, it seems that Leonard had a good time.

But as I said: it was a small place, and the Montreux Jazz Festival people saved some energy, but surely at the wrong place – they didn’t start the air conditioning. [In his No Ideas post, Leif Bodnarchuk explained, “the Stravinski Auditorium feels like a fairly modern building, but its air conditioning is somewhat classical. We were told that once climate control is turned on, it may take some time for the air to feel noticeably different; this is because classical instruments do not like radical swings in temperature and the designers of our environment allowed for such an inanimate opinion.”]

So it was very, very, very hot. Even Leonard himself said, that “it is very hot here”…. And when the Man himself said something like this, you can imagine, how it was!

You can “cut the air in pieces”… and the smell from the French fries… The oil must be the same since Leonard Cohen was here in 2008

Another Thing: in Montreux, they have their own lightening equipment and staff. Sometimes it was very unusual with this lightening management: it was way too bright too often… Also, there was no “Leonard Cohen Unified Heart curtain” on the stage.

But the saddest thing: we was so far away from the stage (balcony, about 70 meters away) …

Note: Originally posted July 5, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric