Celebrating Leonard Cohen’s First Live Performance Of The Guests In 27 Years – Madrid 2012: A Dossier On The Song

Note: This material was originally posted Oct 7, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric, just after Leonard’s Oct 5, 2012 live performance of “The Guests,” his first in 27 years.

Concert Performances Of “The Guests”

Leonard Cohen’s performance of “The Guests” at the Oct 5, 2012 Madrid concert was the first time he had sung that song in concert  since the February 2, 1985 Wiesbaden show. Previously, “The Guests” had been a setlist fixture throughout his 1979 and 1980 tours; it was also played at the Jan 31, 1985 Mannheim concert.1

“The Guests” On Albums

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  1. Source: Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin []

Remembering The 2013 Halifax Leonard Cohen Show: Video, Photos, Reviews …

Reviews: April 13, 2013 Leonard Cohen Halifax Show

“The Leonard Cohen concert … transformed [Halifax Metro Centre] at turns into a church and bordello, a monastery & seedy nightclub at Closing Time.”

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Video: Leonard Cohen’s Stunning Rendition Of Hallelujah – Sydney 2010

Now, I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Comment From Original 2010 Posting:

No one has the timbre, emotional layering, and depth that Leonard does in singing his own song. Several moments after he finishes, it’s as though he begins to slowly re-emerge back into our world, having been fully present and involved where the song resides. Thank you so much for posting this on your site, Allan.


Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Sydney Nov 8, 2010
Video by mgwfall

Note: Originally posted Nov 10, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I can do two notes at a time” Leonard Cohen’s Tower Of Song With Fancy Keyboard Solo – NYC 2012

Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
They’re moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the Tower of Song

Leonard Cohen Channels Jerry Lee Lewis At Madison Square Garden: “That’s Nothing”

Leonard Cohen – Tower Of Song
Madison Square Garden: Dec 18, 2012
Video: James Finch

Note: Originally posted Dec 20, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear 2nd Audience Recording Of Leonard Cohen – Live At Leeds 1970

Or Not

An audience recording, “Leonard Cohen – Live at The Refectory, University of Leeds – 16 May 1970,” has been uploaded to YouTube and may be heard via the embedded video below. Another recording of this 1970 Leeds concert, however, offers better sound quality (although this other version is itself hardly pristine). The only advantage offered by the recording below is that it includes the final song, Please Don’t Pass Me By, which is missing from the other Leeds recording. Also see Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970: Photos & Reviews

Credit Due Department: Photos: Copyright John Rettie – www.rocknrollphotographs.com

Video: Leonard Cohen & The Lip-synching Lennettes Are Back To The Future – Spanish TV 1993

This appears to be the 1993 iteration of the 1988 promotions Leonard Cohen made with backup singers, usually anonymous stand-ins, lip-synching his songs on TV in France, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries. Those 1988 versions can be viewed

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Spanish TV: 1993