Hear Complete Leonard Cohen 1985 Montreux Concert

High quality recording of Leonard Cohen’s July 9, 1985 appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, including stage banter. Worthy of special note are Tennessee Waltz, which was used on the Dear Heather album; the excellent “Vietnam version” of Diamonds In The Mine; a lovely rendition of There Is A War; and Anjani joining Leonard on Joan Of Arc.

Setlist: Bird On The Wire – The Law – Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – There Is A War – Who By Fire – Dance Me To The End Of Love – Diamonds In The Mine – Night Comes On – The Gypsy Wife – Hallelujah – Avalanche – A Singer Must Die – The Stranger Song – Chelsea Hotel #2 – Story Of Isaac – Famous Blue Raincoat – Lover Lover Lover – Tennessee Waltz – The Partisan – Sisters Of Mercy – Memories – Passing Through – If It Be Your Will – Heart With No Companion – I Tried To Leave You – Suzanne – Coming Back To You – Joan Of Arc – Dance Me To The End Of Love

Musicians:  Leonard Cohen – vocals, guitar; Richard Crooks – drums; John Crowder – bass, vocals; Ron Getman – guitar, pedal steel, vocals; Anjani Thomas – keyboards, vocals; Mitch Watkins – guitar, keyboards, vocals

Video: Best Of 2010 Leonard Cohen Tour – The “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Performance Of I’m Your Man At Hanging Rock

Leonard Cohen’s 2010 Hanging Rock show was both one of the great but overlooked Cohen concerts and a contender for the Leonard Cohen Performance With The Most Adverse Environment.

This rendition of “I’m Your Man” features the Webb Sisters bundled up against the cold to the point of nonrecognition (Sharon Robinson was absent because of illness) and an animated Leonard Cohen, who appears to be pounding down a few loose boards on the stage with his feet.

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Hanging Rock (Victoria, Australia): Nov 20, 2010
Video from brendanobrien69

Originally posted May 1, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Hear Sydney Salute Leonard Cohen & Leonard Cohen Sing So Long, Marianne – 2010

Leonard Cohen Uses Break In Applause By Sydney Audience To Sing So Long, Marianne

The sequence of events in this video follows:

  • Sydney audience applauds following end of a song
  • Cohen & company take their bows
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud
  • Cohen et al depart stage
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud
  • Leonard Cohen and his musicians are off stage for a bit, perhaps to enjoy a light snack or email the folks back home
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud
  • Cohen and crew reappear on stage
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud

Oh, and then Leonard Cohen and the Unified Heart Touring Company perform “So Long, Marianne.”

Then, the crowd applauds.

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Sydney: Nov 8, 2010
Video from mcgettrick26

Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post  is by J.S. Carenza III

Note: Originally posted Nov 11, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You think that’s all I can do… don’t you? How about this?” Leonard Cohen Performs Tower Of Song: Melbourne 2013

“Thanks For Not Going Home, Too. I Appreciate That.”

Leonard Cohen – Tower Of Song
Melbourne: Nov 20, 2013
Video by alanm5049

Originally posted Nov 23, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Delightful Video: 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck Version Of Dance Me To The End Of Love

Nuances Of Note

None of these items, one could argue, is important; that is, I would counter, why they are fun.

  • Hattie Webb’s hat
  • Leonard Cohen sans suit but equipped with fedora
  • Leonard Cohen absolutely focused, singing about dancing to a “burning violin” while kneeling at the feet of Alex Bublitchi, undeterred by the violinist attending to his instrument or the crew member hustling across the stage
  • A possible kneeling version of the Bercy Back-Flap at 2:00, followed by an OK signal at 2:20
  • The toothpick expertly wielded by Rafael Bernardo Gayol
  • A whispered remark to Mr Cohen at 3:42 evoking broad smiles
  • The song ending, atypically for a soundcheck, with applause to which the Canadian singer-songwriter responds with a bow, another smile, and a wave

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Lucca Soundcheck: July 9, 2013
Video by 30gallina72

Originally posted July 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

High Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hallelujah – Hamilton 2013

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (clips)
Hamilton: April 9, 2013
Video by Toronto Kirtan Community

Linda Sturgess spotted this video of clips from Leonard Cohen’s performance of Hallelujah at the April 9, 2013 Hamilton concert. Originally posted April 25, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric