While filmed at a distance, this video of “about 1/3” of the Aug 15, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent concert is indisputably enjoyable viewing.
And there’s nothing to do
But to wonder if you
Are as hopeless as me
And as decent
From Thanks For The Dance
by Anjani Thomas (music)
and Leonard Cohen (lyrics)
Anjani – Thanks For The Dance
Acordes con Leonard Cohen
Video from Alonso dz
Note: Originally posted Feb 4, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Video updated.
Jo Meul has discovered another iteration of the 1988 promotions Leonard Cohen made with anonymous stand-in backup singers, lip-synching various of his songs on TV in France, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries.1 This set of three songs was broadcast on Sábado Noche by TVE2 on Feb 27, 1988.
- First We Take Manhattan
- Take This Waltz
- There Ain’t No Cure For Love
Fans have long been fascinated with the two big-haired women who appear in this trio of videos. They not only assist Leonard Cohen in miming and pantomiming the songs but also swing, sway, dance, and participate in a three-handed arm wrestling match with Leonard. (To answer the inevitable question, I have been unable to identify the Lennettes.)
Ending a 15-year retirement from touring, Leonard Cohen went back on the road, opening his 2008-2010 World Tour1 at the Fredericton, New Brunswick Playhouse on May 11, 2008. Cohencentric is celebrating this event with a set of brilliant photos from the concert and videos of Leonard’s first song at that show and his welcoming words to the audience.
Note: Those interested in why the 2008 Tour opened at a venue with a seating capacity of 709 in a city with a population (in 2005) of just over 50,000 can investigate the issue at Why The 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen World Tours Opened In Fredericton, NB.
These brilliant photos of Leonard Cohen and his musicians were taken at the 2008 Fredericton show by J. Gordon Anderson.
“This is the first time I’ve done this in 14 years. I was 60 years old the last time – just a kid with a crazy dream.” – The Leonard Cohen Monologue
While these videos are suboptimal, their historic value and their evocation of the essence of what was to become Leonard Cohen’s performance style in his final tours reward viewing.
Leonard Cohen Talks To Audience
Fredericton: May 11, 2008
Video from RansomNoteMusic
The First Song Of The First Set Of The First Concert Of The First 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen Tour – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Fredericton: May 11, 2008
Video from RansomNoteMusic
Credit Due Department: Photos of Leonard Cohen and his musicians by J. Gordon Anderson. Photo of Playhouse by Rbcb – Own work, CC by 3.0. via Wikipedia.
Note: All posts about this concert are collected at 2008 Fredericton Show
Originally posted Jan 19, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Of course, at the time no one knew it would be a three year tour, let alone that it would be followed by tours in 2012 and 2013 [↩]
“Ah, You Sing So Pretty”
Singing along on So Long, Marianne was a sine qua non of Leonard Cohen Dublin concerts and the Sept 11, 2013 show was no exception with the crowd earning Cohen’s expected but no less cherished commendation, “Ah, you sing so pretty.”
Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Dublin: Sept 11, 2013
Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: The best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist
Note: Originally posted Sep 12, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
St John: April 15, 2013
Video by cohenadmirer1
Note: Originally posted April 18, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
After viewing the recently posted Leonard Cohen Performs Diamonds In The Mine, Dedicated To “The Next President Of The United States – If You Can Tell The Difference” Bonn 1980, Maarten Massa forwards as followup, Leonard’s performance of Diamonds In The Mine the following night (Nov 5 1980) in Eppelheim – only now the dedication is to “the new President of the United States” Ronald Reagan. The intro and Leonard’s explanation of the restart of the song are gems:
I’d like to dedicate this next song to the new president of the United States. We wish him well. He’s got a hard job. He’s got to take care of all of us. [begins singing] ‘I think I told you all about it'[tops singing] Wait a second. That’s the wrong song for him. Not so much the wrong song, its the wrong key. I have to collect my thoughts, I have to aim my mind, what’s left of it, towards that gleaming dome in Washington.
Photo by Armando Fusco (flickr name Rhymin’ Simon).
With Celine Dion & Rebecca De Mornay In Support
On March 21, 1993, Celine Dion hosted the Juno Awards ceremony in Toronto. The first guest performer she introduced was “passionate Montrealer and voice of experience, Leonard Cohen.”
The ensuing performance of Closing Time, featuring Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen as backup singers, offers all the elements that make award ceremony performances – well, let’s go with “special.” There’s a modern dance version of saloon cavorting, a stylized bar, lots-o-lights, and more.
Well, how about a glimpse or two of Rebecca De Mornay among the dancers (the first instance is at 1:40)?
Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Toronto – Juno Awards: March 21, 1993,
Credit Due Department: Thanks to CHEMO of Barcelona, who alerted me to this video.