Video: Leonard Cohen’s 1st Live Performance Of Banjo – Ghent 2012

This video from the August 14, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent concert  was the first recording available online of Leonard Cohen’s first live performance of “Banjo.”

Leonard Cohen – Banjo
Ghent Aug 14, 2012
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Credit Due Department: Photo of St Peter’s Square showing the entire venue taken by Eddie Janssens, Brussels. Photo of Cohen kneeling on stage taken by Kristiaan Cloots via Twitter.

Note: Originally posted Aug 18, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Electrifying Performance Of First We Take Manhattan – Auckland 2013

Linda Sturgess writes about this performance:

Electric – Roscoe’s is “wired” from the kickoff to the end- J And Henry captures at 4:18 – Roscoe’s turns his bass into a percussive instrument.    And Sharon – she is always fully and totally into this song …

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Auckland: Dec 21, 2013
Video by Henry Tengelsen (aka Wirebirds)

Note: Originally posted January 8, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I always felt I invented Dylan” Hear 1988 Leonard Cohen Ritz Concert + Pete Fornatale Interview

“I’ve studied all the theologies and all the philosophies, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through.”

This recording includes the July 5, 1988 Leonard Cohen concert at the Ritz in New York and, beginning at 1:39:23, an interview by Pete Fornatale broadcast on Mixed Bag on July 31, 1988 (WNEW FM New York).

Mr. Cohen sang songs that ranged across the breadth of his career, from ”Suzanne” to ”Everybody Knows,” to two versions of his recent song, ”First We Take Manhattan,” in which the fashion world and drugs are held up as symbols of the terminal decay of New York. But the turning point of the evening was Mr. Cohen’s spare voice-and-guitar rendition of ”If It Be Your Will,” one of his two or three finest meditations. A prayer for mercy murmured to the void by a world wearing ”rags of light all dressed to kill,” it received a haunting interpretation in Mr. Cohen’s sepulchral bass-baritone growl.1

The interview includes Leonard Cohen discussing the influence of Bob Dylan and the assistance lent by Judy Collins and Jennifer Warnes, his “cheerfulness keeps breaking through” reference (erroneously attributed to Jonson), his multiple revisions that dramatically changed I Can’t Forget, his first public appearance as a singer, his “If I knew where good songs came from, I go there more often” comment, his religious symbolism and the notion of being punished for sin, the difference between a Ladies’ Man and a Romantic, and saying goodbye.

Update: This video has been removed

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  1. Review/Pop; Leonard Cohen Reflects Darkly On the World by Stephen Holden. New York Times: July 9, 1988 []

Las Vegas, Dec 11, 2010: Final Concert Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour Video

“God bless us everyone”

Leonard Cohen closes final 2009-2010 Tour concert

It’s Closing Time – Video Montage

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The 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour ended with concerts in Las Vegas on December 10 and 11, 2010. This video features images associated with those Las Vegas shows set to the music of “Closing Time” as performed at the final December 11, 2010 concert.

Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post by J.S. Carenza III. The opening music is from zenon5ish’s video recording of “Passing Through” being sung by audience members at the intermission of the final concert. The “Closing Time” music and video sequence is from albertnoonan’s recording of that song’s performance at the final show. While the sources of the images are too numerous to mention, it would be remiss not to mention that the majority of these photos were shot and shared by Maarten Massa.