Pre-Pulapalooza Photos: Leonard Cohen 2013 Pula Soundcheck & More

Yesterday’s Post-Pulapalooza Photo: Missing Leonard Cohen At Pula 2013 post prompted Jo Meul to offer his shots of the preparations for the August 2, 2013 Pula concert. The above photo depicts Leonard and his band at soundcheck.

Sharon Robinson Is In The House Arena

 

Leonard Cohen Rehearses Tower Of Song

 

Unified Heart 2013 Leonard Cohen World Tour Banner

 

Leonard Goes Behind The Scenes


Leonard Arrives At Arena

 

Arena At Soundcheck

 

Arena At Soundcheck

Leonard Cohen & Dominique Boile In Paris: 1993-2013

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Leonard Cohen with Dominique Boile & friends (Dominique is third from left)- After 1993 Paris concert. Photo by Dominique Issermann.

Leonard Cohen In Paris By Dominique Boile

Note: The following text was written in 2014 for Here It Is – Letters To Leonard Cohen.1 I’ve added links to pertinent posts and Dominique’s photos.

Leonard Cohen once said:

My songs last about as long as a Volvo — about 30 years.

Leonard Cohen was wrong.

In 1971, when I was 15, I discovered his songs. Now, in 2014, I am 58, and I am still listening to his golden voice. Those first songs of his are nearly as old as I am. The songs Leonard Cohen released since 1967 are played all over the world every day and thousands come to his concerts to hear these songs. How many 1967 Volvos are running these days?

In the years to come, those of us alive now – including Leonard Cohen himself – will not be here. Will automobiles made by Volvo exist a hundred years from now? But Leonard’s songs live on!

I attended my first Leonard Cohen concert on September 7, 1974 in Paris. Since then, I’ve experienced that magic at nearly twenty of his shows, but my fondest memories are the four times I’ve met the man offstage.

On May 13, 1993, Leonard is on stage at Le Zenith in Paris, and I am in the audience. After the concert, there are 13 irrepressible Cohen fans – as many girls as boys – waiting two hours outside where the sweetness of the Parisian night makes us patient …

We see Carole Laure. Leonard, however, has not come out of the concert hall. We convince a member of the security service to let our man know that this group has only one desire: to meet him.

Finally, at 1:30 AM, Leonard, hand in hand with Dominique Issermann, arrives before us. So, Leonard Cohen – at 1:30 in the morning, after a long concert, with his lover and friends waiting for him – devotes half an hour to 13 young fans, talking to us, autographing albums, programs and whatever else we ask him to sign.

It was magic!

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  1. Here It Is – Letters To Leonard Cohen is a book presented to the Canadian singer-songwriter in celebration of his 80th birthday, comprising stories and essays by fans that put their experience of Cohen’s music into words. Kim Gorsuch, who has long admired Cohen, came up with the idea and organized the project, gathering the pieces and photos online for printing into a hardbound volume. []

Striking Photos: 2012 Leonard Cohen Edmonton Concert

The impressive clarity, color, and depth of these photos of Leonard Cohen and his musicians performing in Edmonton render them striking indeed. These images are the work of Ned Yeung, A.C.E., Cyclops Photo Studio.

Originally posted Nov 20, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos Of Note: 2012 Leonard Cohen Toronto Concert

These photos of the Dec 5, 2012 Leonard Cohen show, all taken by googoojue, are especially effective in evoking the audience member’s experience of the show – a quality often absent in the portfolios presented by press photographers. Worthy of special note: the efficaciously bowing Leonard Cohen, drummer Rafael Gayol hard at work, a beaming Sharon Robinson, a set list again referencing the mysterious, yet to be performed “Blues In C,” and 19,800 entranced audience members at the Dec 4, 2012 show.

Originally posted Dec 9, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen & The Cohen Chorus Line Perform Save The Last Dance For Me – Paris 2012

This wonderful photo of the big finish with chorus line to Save The Last Dance For Me at the final 2012 Paris show was taken by Ute Egle.

Leonard Cohen – Save The Last Dance For Me
Paris : Sept 30, 2012
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Originally posted Oct 3, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Brian Fogh’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen – And The Guy Who Carries Leonard’s Guitar

Brian Fogh writes:

The one with Cohen streetwalking is from a concert in Odense in Denmark where I met him earlier the same day. When he left his bus he arrived in he stood and waited on the sidewalk so people could go on … he didn’t wanted anyone to stop for him. Such a gentleman.

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