Leonard Cohen Performs Joan of Arc Featuring Sharon Robinson – Bonn 1980

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Leonard Cohen on Joan Of Arc:

It is just a song about the total gift of total giving and the total consummation of the spirit in that kind of experience. It takes in the whole shot to be man and woman.1

For more about the background of Leonard Cohen’s Joan Of Arc is available at About Those Songs On Leonard Cohen’s Can’t Forget Album: Joan of Arc.

Other Leonard Cohen  performances of Joan Of Arc featuring various backup singers are available at Joan of Arc – The Concert Performances.

Leonard Cohen – Joan Of Arc
Bonn: Nov 4, 1980

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson by Pete Purnell.

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  1. Cohen Regrets by Alastair Pirrie. Beat Patrol: December 30, 2008. Originally written for the New Musical Express: March 10, 1973. []

Leonard Cohen Performs Who By Fire With Brilliant Opening By John Bilezikjian On Oud – Bonn 1980

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Leonard Cohen – Who By Fire
Bonn: Nov 4, 1980

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

Leonard Cohen Performs Memories Featuring Paul Ostermayer On Sax + “Sweet Music Of America” Outro – Bonn 1980

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The Intro: “I hope you dislike it intensely”

The introduction to Memories (“a… song I wrote a thousand years ago with Phil Spector…”) is similar to the openings Leonard used at other shows, although I don’t recall hearing the final “I hope you dislike it intensely” before.

The Performance


This is an outstanding performance with an especially impressive sax solo by Paul Ostermayer.

The Outro: “Ah, Sweet Music Of America”

The outro, however, is special. As noted in an earlier post, the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen show was held the same date as the US Reagan-Carter presidential election. Leonard dedicated Diamonds In The Mine to “the next president of the United States – if you can tell the difference.” I suspect the impending election also motivated the “Ah, Sweet Music Of America” exposition:

Ah, sweet music of America – may you rise forever on the great dismal cosmos of time. America – God bless you. May your destiny be full and may you conquer with the best part of your heart as you have conquered with this music so that the whole world will know that the heart is open and that the mind is free and everything can be …

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Bonn: Nov 4, 1980

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

Leonard Cohen Performs The Window Featuring Raffi Hakopian On Violin – Bonn 1980

imgLC023_bewerkt-ed900A beautiful performance of one of Leonard Cohen’s loveliest songs. Featured on the violin is Armenian Raffi Hakopian. Sharon Robinson is the backup singer.

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

Leonard Cohen Performs Diamonds In The Mine, Dedicated To “The Next President Of The United States – If You Can Tell The Difference” Bonn 1980

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“This evening they’re voting for the president of the United States, and  all we’re doing is listening to some immortal tunes.”

Leonard Cohen

Nov 4, 1980 was the date not only of the Leonard Cohen show in Bonn but also the 49th United States presidential election, pitting Ronald Reagan against Jimmy Carter. Consequently, Leonard dedicated Diamonds In The Mine to “the next president of the United States – if you can tell the difference.”

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

Leonard Cohen Performs Chelsea Hotel #2 + “Dreaded Feedback” – Bonn 1980

“Noise infiltrates the divine realm of music. Dreaded feedback rears its ugly head… Science has gone bad. The computers have betrayed us. There is no justice at the Xerox headquarters…”

Xerox Tower

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

This (audio-only) video opens with Leonard taking notice of “dreaded feedback” from the microphone and extemporizing on the subject before breaking into Chelsea Hotel #2.

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen performing in 1980 (Amsterdam) by Pete Purnell. Xerox Tower photo by DanielPenfield – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons.

Video Treat From Final Leonard Cohen Show (Auckland 2013) – I Tried To Leave You & Save The Last Dance For Me

Worthy of special note is Roscoe adding a little Irving Berlin (“Dancing Cheek to Cheek”) to “I Tried to Leave You.”

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
& Save The Last Dance For Me

Auckland: Dec 21, 2013
Video by Henry Tengelsen (aka Wirebirds)

Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to Roscoe’s musical exploits. Originally posted January 8, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric