Your experience of working with him
In 2008 the tour was savage. Even by the final rehearsal in S.I.R., nerves were frayed. But the very first gig in Fredericton was special, and set the tone for the challenges ahead. Leonard took to the stage for the first time in years, and the roar of the crowd was… I don’t know… ferocious adoration. Deafening like a jet engine, warm like a campfire. Up until that moment it was just another job to me, but that reception made me realise how much pressure we’d be under to help Leonard live up to the expectations put on him.
Leif Bodnarchuk served as guitar technician on the 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen tours.
From Leonard Cohen – a few memories by Leif Bodnarchuk (Leif Bodnarchuk: Nov 16, 2016). Photo taken at the Sept 20, 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert by Leif Bodnarchuk.
Update: A remarkably similar description of the Fredericton show from a different perspective can be found at Charley Webb On Leonard Cohen’s 2008 Fredericton Show.
Find more about the Fredericton concert at In The Beginning … Photos & Videos Of Leonard Cohen’s First 2008-2013 Tour Show: Fredericton, May 11, 2008.