Signs Of Leonard Cohen: The 1970 Leonard Cohen Saratoga Springs Concert That Wasn’t

This August 3, 1970 Schenectady Gazette newspaper advertisement promoted the August 10, 1970 Leonard Cohen Concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. That show never took place, making  it one of those 1970 Leonard Cohen Shows That Weren’t.

Why? This report from the August 7, 1970 Bennington Banner of Bennington, Vermont addresses the cancellation:

Cohen Concert at Saratoga Canceled

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Illness has forced cancellation of the Aug. 10 concert by Canadian poet-singer Leonard Cohen at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Cohen’s was hospitalized in Europe after he was severely chilled during a performance at a music festival in Aix-en- Provence, France, according to his management. Those holding tickets to the concert may exchange them or obtain refunds at the S.P.A.C. main box office on Route 50.

“SPAC Poet-Singer Concert Canceled Due to Illness,” a short article in the August 8, 1970 Glen Falls, NY Post-Star provided the same information in almost exactly the same words, adding that “Mr Cohen’s management had sent word that the singer was currently hospitalized in Europe and would be unable to fulfill his next three weeks of scheduled engagements.”

Happily, the Canadian singer-songwriter was healthy enough by August 14, 1970 to perform on French TV.

Originally posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 1979 Nantes Concert Card

1979 Leonard Cohen Tour – France

Dominique BOILE forwards this delightful 10 x 7 cm card concerning the Leonard Cohen concert in Nantes, France on October 25, 1979. It, like the Hamburg 1980 Leonard Cohen poster, is based on the cover art of Leonard Cohen’s Recent Songs album.

Originally posted July 7, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: “Leonard Cohen Sings!” – 1968 Edmonton Newspaper Ad For Songs Of Leonard Cohen

From The Gateway, February 2, 1968. (The Gateway is the student newspaper of The University of Alberta). Retrieved 27 July 2014 from Peel’s Prairie Provinces – University of Alberta Libraries. Originally posted July 28, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Sweetest Little Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2012 Dublin Concerts

Éva Mártonyi took these photos of the signature signs at the Sept 11, 2012 Leonard Cohen Dublin concert. Éva’s photos were originally posted in her Dublin, 9-11-2012 Facebook album, which contains many more photos of the show.

Originally posted July 25, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric