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 DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric