His final performance was in Auckland, New Zealand, on Dec. 21, 2013. He wrapped things up with a cover of the Drifters classic “Save the Last Dance for Me.” But according to Kory, even in his final decline, Cohen would talk about wanting to get back onstage. “He kept saying, ‘Maybe we can do just a couple more concerts.’ There was never a sense of ‘I finally triumphed,’ just a sense of gratitude. Leonard genuinely felt privileged to have the opportunity to share his music every night.”
From Remembering Leonard Cohen: Close Friends, Collaborators & Critics on How He Changed Music Forever by Sasha Frere-Jones (Billboard: November 17, 2016).
DrHGuy Note: Alan Light is the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”