Photos: Leonard Cohen – “A Real Gentleman” At Ease In London Ontario 2009

These photos were taken May 23, 2009 in London, Ontario by Bill Birtch, who writes about the event:

Leonard Cohen was playing the John Labatt Centre that evening. I was on my way downtown for a coffee and passed by Scotts Corner, a small bar on the main street, and as I rolled by (I use a power wheelchair to get around) I realized that I’d just passed within a few inches of Leonard Cohen.

My first thought was of my camera which I’d neglected to grab on my way out the door. I stopped down the street a ways and called my daughter, also an avid photographer, to tell her of my find but she was unable to get away to take advantage of this opportunity. So, I continued on, had my coffee and headed home after an hour or so. Much to my surprise Mr. Cohen was still sitting on the patio of the bar.

I stopped briefly, said “Welcome to London.” He thanked me, at which point I decided to rush home, grab my camera and come back, a 20 minute round trip, in the hopes that he would still be there.

Obviously, and much to my delight, he was. I caught the eye of one of his companions, a band member I believe, and held up my camera with a questioning look on my face – my way of asking permission to take some shots. He nodded so I snapped a dozen or so shots from a distance of a three of four meters.

At one point Leonard looked at me and removed his glasses to accommodate my picture taking. When I was done I nodded, mouthed the words “Thank you” and returned home to process my images.

I should add that he was most gracious and accommodating to people who stopped to talk, a real gentleman.

Note: The description of the first shot in the above series (the photo of Cohen with his glasses in hand) included this explanation: “The lighting was less than ideal so it took some serious photoshopping to come up with this.”

Note: Originally posted Jan 6, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photo: 76 Year Old, Post-Back Injury Canadian Icon, Leonard Cohen, Sprints Onto Stage

.. to perform So Long Marianne at Tui Arena in Hannover, Germany Sept 27, 2010. This exactly right photo taken by J..S. Carenza III. Originally posted Sept 29, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Note: Information about the back injury referenced in the title can be found at Leonard Cohen delays Europe tour after back injury (Reuters: February 6, 2010)

Leonard Cohen Munching Healthy Snacks (No Cheetos In Sight)

Leonard Cohen, who has a penchant for sweets such as chocolate bars and a now well-known penchant for Cheetos (see below), is shown here grazing on a health-conscious selection of fruits in the studio.

Photo atop post found at the official Leonard Cohen site. This photo was originally posted Nov 19, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photo: Leonard Cohen With Turtleneck, Blazer, and Deuter – Munich, Early 1970s

Leslie PY Wener forwards the above photo and this description:

This photo of Leonard and Deuter was taken in Munich in the early 70’s. It is backstage at one of Leonard’s concerts.

I love the photo of both of them. I spoke to Deuter (also known as Chaitanya) on the telephone before Christmas and he gave me permission to post this photo. He says he thinks it was 1970 or a couple years later. I thought everyone would love to see this one.

I know Deuter (Chaitanya) from a spiritual community in India we used to live in during the late 70’s and early 80’s. He said he had more photos but has lost them over the years and this is the only one remaining. Deuter (Chaitanya) told me at the time he was working for a newspaper in Munich and he interviewed Leonard. He told him he was also a musician. After the interview they played together backstage in a playful way. He told me he remembers a lot of laughing. He said how kind Leonard was. Deuter (Chaitanya), who has been acclaimed as the founder of New Age music, has put out over 70 albums in his genre and still loves Leonard’s music.

Note: Originally posted Jan 20, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric