Photos: Leonard Cohen Ascendant, “A Flying Kangaroo Singing Waltzing Matilda,” & More – Brisbane 2010

Leonard Cohen Concert: Brisbane: Nov 6, 2010

The above photo was taken by J.S. Carenza III. Those below photos are by B4real (aka Bev) who posted them at LeonardCohenForum and shared them here as well.

Displayed In the photo directly above are the hind paws of what I am reliably informed is “a flying kangaroo singing Waltzing Matilda,” flung onto the stage by the aforementioned B4real (aka Bev).

The nifty location-specific lanyard IDs were created and distributed by dce.


Originally posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I don’t pretend to have salvation or the answers or anything like that. I’m not saved. But on the other hand, I’m not spent.” Leonard Cohen (2002)

From Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore, published in Spin, March 2002. Accessed at the Ten New Songs site. Originally posted July 26, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Photo by Anjani Thomas.

The Leonard Cohen Tell All Koan – Matters Of Vital Interest By Eric Lerner

Butch And Sundance Meet Buddha On The Road

Eric Lerner, a novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, first met Leonard Cohen at a Zen retreat led by Roshi in 1977, an encounter which later led to an abiding friendship that lasted until Leonard’s death. Their intimate, idiosyncratic connection as BBBFs (Best Buddhist Buddies Forever) provides a unique perspective on the non-public life of the Canadian singer-songwriter. Where else, for example, are you likely to read about someone spending the night with Leonard and his children in New York while Suzanne goes out on a date?

For readers, that intimate, idiosyncratic connection is not an unmixed blessing. The BBBF mode entails its own jargon, rituals, and metaphysics, and supplemented by unsignaled time shifts, this structure makes for an intriguing but not always comprehensible experience for visitors to the realm. Lerner writes that “somehow, [Leonard] determined that I could understand him without explanation.” After finishing Matters Of Vital Interest, I now know how Lerner must have felt.

And, while there it never rises to the level of authorial arrogance, a certain smugness, especially evident in the repeated emphasis on the personal nicknames, inside jokes, and Zen-dependent allusions, pervades the pages. There is also a proclivity for unsubstantiated absolute pronouncements (e.g., Dominique Issermann was “the best woman [Leonard] would ever encounter” and no visitors, other than Carla Bruni in Paris and the author in Boston, were ever allowed backstage during the final tour).

Yet, these issues notwithstanding, Matters Of Vital Interest is a fast, entertaining, and informative read.

It must be a zen thing.

“I almost called last night to tell you to put it off.”
“I’m glad you didn’t.”
“Yeah. Me, too.”
We watched the cab from the airport pull away.
Our last visit, September 2015.
(Caption & Photo by Eric Lerner)

In addition, the data in these pages are a treasure trove for Cohen fans. A few examples of the new information proffered, some trivial and some fundamental, follow:

  • The multiple meanings of “darling” employed by Leonard
  • Leonard’s relationship with Suzanne Elrod, including details of his first sighting of her at that Scientology meeting and a description of the court battle after they separated
  • Details about the ownership, decor, and habitation of the Tremaine house in Los Angeles
  • The origin of Leonard’s fascination with hot dogs
  • An account of Leonard in a sauna at the Ithaca Zen Center
  • Descriptions of Roshi’s interactions and discussions Leonard and the author had about Roshi
  • The accusations of sexual misbehavior leveled against Roshi and Leonard’s take on the matter, including his revision of the story of his spiritual life to minimize Roshi’s impact
  • Roshi’s final illness, including Leonard taking charge of Roshi’s medical care
  • The bass player Leonard claimed was “intent on sabotaging my efforts”
  • Leonard’s drinking habits and preferences
  • Leonard’s terminal illness and its treatment, including his consideration of assisted suicide

Matters Of Vital Interest by Eric Lerner (October 16, 2018). Photo by Eric Lerner.

“I don’t know if we were any good that night, but somehow the hospitality of the audience was such that they awarded me the highest designation of the heart.” Leonard Cohen Names 1988 Seville Show His “All Time Most Complete Performance”


Can you think of your all time most complete performance?

One of the happiest & most heartfelt moments was at a [1988] concert in Seville. The audience began waving white handkerchiefs and chanting, ‘Torero.’ I don’t know if we were any good that night, but somehow the hospitality of the audience was such that they awarded me the highest designation of the heart.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Leonard Cohen played Seville on May 22, 1988. Note: Originally posted October 19, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric


The presence of Leonard Cohen was, along with Frank Zappa and Joe Cocker at the peak of his popularity, the great attraction of the Cita in Seville of 1988, that festival that organized the City council of Seville before in the eighties and that brought to The city to names of the stature of James Brown or BB King, just to mention two of them. It was his only performance in Seville.

The Canadian, who died on Thursday at age 82, also went to the city with one of the best albums of his entire career under his belt: “I’m Your Man” (1988), responsible for a reinvention, via synthesizers And boxes of rhythm, which renewed its sound and returned it to the lists of successes, even in Spain.

The concert in Seville, however, was a public failure, as happened years before with The Kinks, which resulted in millionaire losses for the promoter, although Leonard Cohen offered a good concert accompanied by a solid band and the two chorus players Seconded at that time in which lay the basis of the style of maturity that would accompany him until his death.

The date of the concert was Sunday May 22 and the price of tickets was 1,000 pesetas (6 euros). It was held in the auditorium of Prado de San Sebastián, the usual place of the Cita’s performances in Seville, and in the concert the Canadian composer reviewed some of his recent songs, such as the hit “First we take Manhattan”, along with classics Of his repertoire, such as “Bird on the wire”, “Hallelujah” and “Suzanne”.

La única vez que Leonard Cohen actuó en Sevilla by JesÚs Morillo (ABC: 11/11/2016)

Leonard Cohen Allusions In Adam Cohen’s “Like A Man” Promotional Video

Leonard Cohen – In Person and In Spirit

Introduction: Searching through the archives, I found this followup to Leonard Cohen With Son & Grandson In Adam Cohen’s “Like A Man” Video.

In Adam Cohen’s video promoting his new album, “Like A Man” he talks about finding his place as part of his father’s heritage rather than rebelling against that notion. Leonard Cohen appears often in this brief video. (Adam’s son, Cassius, and Rufus Wainwright, father of Leonard Cohen’s granddaughter, also make appearances.) A collection of these scenes can be found at Leonard Cohen With Son & Grandson In Adam Cohen’s “Like A Man” Video.

The video also, however, invokes Leonard Cohen even when he is not on the screen. Three examples follow:

Leonard and Adam Cohen Play Guitar On Hydra Home Terrace

The image atop this post is a screen capture of the end credits of the “Like A Man” video showing Adam Cohen playing the guitar on the terrace of the family home on Hydra. The well known photo below, taken by Dominique Issermann, depicts Leonard Cohen playing guitar on that same terrace.

Leonard and Adam Cohen Are Interviewed At Leonard Cohen’s Montreal Home

The image below is a screen capture from the “Like A Man” video showing Adam Cohen pondering the dialog he is delivering.

The image below is from a 2006 Norwegian TV interview of Leonard Cohen. Both screen captures show the interviewees seated at the same table in Leonard Cohen’s Montreal home.

The Bird On A Wire Allusion

The image below is a screen capture from the “Like A Man” video showing birds wheeling across the sky over Hydra.

The image below is a screen capture of the scene in the “Like A Man” video that directly follows  the shot of the birds in the sky and shows Adam Cohen walking in front of the same kind of telephone/power lines that, when first installed on Hydra, inspired Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire.”

Adam Cohen – “Like A Man” Promotional Video



Originally posted Aug 25, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I’ve never been very attached to my opinions. I’m not flippant about them but, whenever I hear myself say something, I recognise my own unwillingness to stand behind it.” Leonard Cohen

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Photo of Leonard Cohen by Roland Godefroy (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Originally posted Feb 18, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You want to hear a guy’s story… when you hear Fats Domino singing, ‘I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill,’ whatever that’s about, I mean, it’s deep.” Leonard Cohen

You want to hear a guy’s story, and if the guy’s really seen a few things, the story is quite interesting. Or even if he comes to the point where he wants to sing about the moon in June, there’s something in his voice … when you hear Fats Domino singing, ‘I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill,’ whatever that’s about, I mean, it’s deep.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988.