Leonard Cohen & Iron Maiden Linkage Discovered In Croatia

The Sakic Substantiation

Accomplishing a feat that will surely rank with the first successful navigation of the Northwest Passage and the initial experimental proof of the existence of the Higgs boson, Tom Sakic, acknowledged Cohen cognoscente, has uncovered published evidence that verifies the long-suspected Iron Maiden-Leonard Cohen Correlation.

While Cohen’s potential association with heavy metal has been previously inferred,1 definitive proof was lacking – until now.

The historic confirmation was in the form of the graphic (shown atop this post) juxtaposing the Canadian singer-songwriter and the pioneering British heavy metal band that appeared above an article published by AdriaEntertainment at Koncerti Iron Maidena I Leonarda Cohena Su Skoro Rasprodani! announcing that both the July 31, 2013 Iron Maiden concert at the Zagreb Arena and the August 2, 2013 Leonard Cohen show at Pula Arena are almost sold out.

Q.E.D., y’all.

The Implications

This discovery triggers many questions but, as yet, few answers. For example,

  • Will headbanging replace waltzing in the aisles at Cohen concerts?
  • Will the Unified Heart symbol morph into something akin to Eddie The Head?
  • Will the next Cohen album really be titled “Songs From A Room In Hell?”

Originally posted July 7, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. Earlier indications have included Leonard Cohen’s appearance of heavy metal-laden 1993 Rock At The Ring Festival, the fact that at least one heavy-metal band, Sisters of Mercy, takes its name from one of his songs, and a notorious blogger’s implication that Cohen “subbed for the lead singer of Megadeth during that group’s Argentina tour” based on the “ominous absence of any reports of Megadeth and Leonard Cohen being seen simultaneously during that time period” []

Tom Northcott On Choosing Tracks To Cover For Joyful Songs Of Leonard Cohen

Tom Northcott gained popularity as a folk-rock singer in the late 1960s and early 1970s, appearing regularly on CBC Television. In 1997, he released Joyful Songs Of Leonard Cohen. In a WCMR interview (found at LeonardCohenFiles.), Tom Northcott talked about how he chose the songs for this album:

I chose twenty songs, to record fifteen and to put the ten best on a CD. The criterion was, is there something either joyful or transcendental about the song, some transformative or cathartic element to it. So, a song like I Left A Woman Waiting starts out with a failed romance and then a rediscovery when the lovers meet, later on, with some understanding and honesty about what happened between them, then animal attraction and they end up in bed, again, and that sort of troubled, tortured, passionate …thing, transmutes to being “as free as running water”.

That’s the freedom, the ascendance-transcendence that I was looking for, if the song wasn’t already a “joyful song” on its own. True Love Leaves No Traces to me is a purely joyful song that includes the depth of unconscious in “As the mist leaves no trace on the dark green hill” and “children come and go”, but “True love leaves no traces, if you and I are one.” So, there’s one that’s purely joyful.

The Guests “One by one the guests arrive”, that’s the whole pageant of life, birth, ecstasy, passion, suffering. You go through that song and then, “One by one the guests are cast beyond the garden wall”, what a gorgeous image for death or moving on to the next level or incarnation or whatever it is. But, really, “No one knows where the night is going” and “No one knows why the wine is flowing” – but the wine is flowing. That’s the beauty of that song, that’s what is joyful about that song for me, is that we don’t need to know, because “the wine flows”, and “the night goes.”

The back of the album (shown below) includes Leonard’s letter of thanks to Tom:

Mt.Baldy Zen Centre
July 26, 1997

Dear Tom,

..and thank you for your gifts, the red wine, the brandy, and especially your CD “Joyful Songs of Leonard Cohen”. I am grateful to you for the title and for the understanding behind the title. Thank you for your honest voice, your musical and technical skills, and for this fraternal gesture.

We haven’t been drinking much up here since you left, but I think we’re going to open that red wine tonight.

Here’s to you, Tom.


Listen To Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” Performed By Sharon Robinson

Sharon Robinson’s “Everybody Knows,” “Secondhand,” and “The High Road” are all available for streaming without charge on her Soundcloud

Photo atop this post taken by Maarten Massa. Originally posted July 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Feist Covers Leonard Cohen’s Closing Time In Take This Waltz

Feist Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s Closing Time

In the middle of directing Take This Waltz, recently released in theatres, Sarah Polley hit a snag. She desperately wanted to get Leslie Feist to record a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Closing Time” for the soundtrack. Given how in demand the singer-songwriter is, it was almost impossible to pin her down—even for Polley, a bona fide Canadian celebrity herself. And then one night, around 2 a.m., while Polley and her crew were shooting on a small street in Little Portugal, she heard someone call her name. It was Feist—she and fellow singer Howie Beck, both on bicycles, were on their way to Trinity Bellwoods Park to play glow-in-the-dark Frisbee. Polley asked about the Cohen cover, Feist agreed, and her version of the song is heard at a pivotal point in the film. “That kind of moment is very specific to Toronto,” Polley says now. “It’s a really special place that way.”

From The Argument: In Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley transforms Toronto into a brightly coloured urban fantasy by Jason McBride, Toronto Life July 9, 2012.

Update: Feist also performed another Leonard Cohen classic, Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye, at the 2017 Juno Awards.

Originally posted Dec 11, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Big Boy Bloater “All The Time, Leonard Cohen’s Staring At Me”

Big Boy Bloater & the Limits – Leonard Cohen (Official Video)

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. Called “One of the great Blues men of our time” by Jools Holland, Big Boy Bloater is a veteran blues and roots guitarist and singer.  In anticipation of his album, The World Explained (2012), he released the official video of the lead-off single for the album – a tune named “Leonard Cohen.” Originally posted une 22, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Ghost Covers Leonard Cohen’s Avalanche

Swedish heavy metal band covers of Leonard Cohen’s song are not as common as one might think, but Dominique BOILE writes that he discovered one on Ghost’s June 1, 2018 release, Prequelle.

On the Deluxe limited edition there is a bonus track with a beautiful version (haunted, of course!) of “Avalanche.”