I’m Your (Traveling) Man: Leonard Cohen – Hamburg 2013

As they say in rock and roll, they don’t pay you to sing, they pay you to travel.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Photo by Sharon Robinson via Twitter. Quotation if from Leonard Cohen interview with Hans Pfitzinger in Paris,1988. Originally posted July 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos & Firsthand Report: July 4, 2013 Leonard Cohen Montreux Concert

“It is very hot here” Leonard Cohen

Uwe Schrade, who, along with Susanne Mohler, took the photos displayed below, writes:

It was a very special, intimate Concert… the band was in a very good shape, it seems that Leonard had a good time.

But as I said: it was a small place, and the Montreux Jazz Festival people saved some energy, but surely at the wrong place – they didn’t start the air conditioning. [In his No Ideas post, Leif Bodnarchuk explained, “the Stravinski Auditorium feels like a fairly modern building, but its air conditioning is somewhat classical. We were told that once climate control is turned on, it may take some time for the air to feel noticeably different; this is because classical instruments do not like radical swings in temperature and the designers of our environment allowed for such an inanimate opinion.”]

So it was very, very, very hot. Even Leonard himself said, that “it is very hot here”…. And when the Man himself said something like this, you can imagine, how it was!

You can “cut the air in pieces”… and the smell from the French fries… The oil must be the same since Leonard Cohen was here in 2008

Another Thing: in Montreux, they have their own lightening equipment and staff. Sometimes it was very unusual with this lightening management: it was way too bright too often… Also, there was no “Leonard Cohen Unified Heart curtain” on the stage.

But the saddest thing: we was so far away from the stage (balcony, about 70 meters away) …

Note: Originally posted July 5, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: The Pleasure Of Leonard Cohen’s Company At The 2013 Lucca Soundcheck

49 Seconds Of Felicity

Less than a minute long, Szilvia Szanto’s video of the end of the 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca soundcheck includes

  • That great shot (atop this post) of a smiling music icon
  • Leonard Cohen telling the soundcheck viewers “Thanks for coming” and voicing  his hope that  he will see  them at the concert that night while a smiling Mitch Watkins watches on
  • A confirmed sighting of the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar for the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar

  • A brief leave-taking between Leonard Cohen & Roscoe Beck
  • Sharon Robinson (heard, not seen) beginning Alexandra Leaving, creating a downright eerie moment starting at 0:30 when she sings “God of love preparing to depart” as Leonard, well, prepares to depart.

“God of love preparing to depart”

What’s not to like?

July 9, 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck
Video by 30gallina72 (Szilvia Szanto)

Note: Originally posted Jul 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric