“Thank you, music lovers” Leonard Cohen Performs Tower Of Song – Denver 2012

Leonard Cohen – Tower Of Song
Denver: Nov 3, 2012
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Note: There is a short visual interruption near the first when an audience member is seated in front of the camera but this resolves quickly and the remainder of the video is clear of such distractions. “Thank you, music lovers” is Mr Cohen’s acknowledgement for the applause following his keyboard solo. The end of the song features a sweetly extended “Do Dum Dum Dum, De Do Dum Dum” refrain sung by the backup singers while Leonard pleads “Don’t stop.”

Superb Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – Rotterdam 2013

Leonard Cohen – Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Rotterdam: Sept 18, 2013
Video: albertnoonan

Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: The best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist

Originally posted Sep 29, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Outstanding Video: Sharon Robinson Performs In My Secret Life, Alexandra Leaving, Boogie Street, Summertime, Hallelujah – L.A. Private Event 2014

David Small, who contributed this well executed, never before published video of Sharon Robinson performing at a June 8, 2014 Los Angeles wedding, is taken with both Leonard Cohen and Sharon. David writes

And I miss (him) so much.
There’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In My Secret Life.

The Ten New Songs album in 2001 surprised me because, after 9 years, I had given up on ever getting a new Cohen album – and, who was the woman on the cover? It has become my favorite album. See my license plate, SCRT LIF. Sharon’s music glides Leonard’s lyrics deep into my soul. I have this secret life.

“A Pilgrim Of Perfection… Roscoe Beck” Leonard Cohen Introduces Band, Completes Saga Of Rafael Gayol – Las Vegas 2010

Leonard Cohen – Anthem Segue Into Introductions
Las Vegas: Dec 11, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

By the last concert of the 2008-2010 Tour, Leonard’s always generous introductions had expanded into graciously rendered CVs. Especially noteworthy is the final rendition of The Saga Of Rafael Gayol.

Also see The Commander Of Commendations: Leonard Cohen’s Extraordinary Band & Crew Introductions

Originally posted Dec 14, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“And if you want another kind of love, I’ll wear an old man’s mask for you” Leonard Cohen Performs I’m Your Man – Istanbul 2012

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Featuring Alex Bublitchi

Istanbul: Sept 19, 2012
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Originally posted Sep 21, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

What Makes Leonard Cohen Run (And Skip)?

The Cohen Credibility Crisis

Introduction: Back in Jan 2009, after Leonard Cohen had performed shows in Canada and Europe and it was announced that the tour would come to the USA, this site took on the investigation of the rumors that Leonard was, at 74, running, skipping, and otherwise performing in a way belying his age and presumed infirmities.

The news that the Leonard Cohen Tour is coming to the US has precipitated a moral crisis for the 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric management.

While steadfast in my admiration of Mr Cohen, I cannot perpetuate the patently absurd premise that – now think about this – a 74 year old entertainer with a self-admitted history of significant tobacco, alcohol, and illicit pharmaceutical use allegedly maintained a tour schedule through 2008 that began with 22 concerts in 30 days and, then, after a 4 day break for travel, resumed on June 13th in Europe with 7 concerts in 8 days. Oh, and from September 21-November 30, Leonard Cohen supposedly performed 34 concerts in 28 cities across 15 countries.1

Sure he did

Nor are these purported concerts described as easy-going, ritualistic affairs, the purpose of which is no more than to allow fans to pay homage to a once-great entertainer. The newspaper reports portray an entirely different kind of event.

… Leonard Cohen surprised and delighted his audience at the BIC last night (Tuesday) by literally sprinting onto the stage and performing a three hour show. ((Cohen’s three-hour set masterpiece by Jeremy Miles. Daily Echo 12 November 2008))

Like a surreal gangster in double-breasted suit and trademark Fedora, Leonard Cohen skipped on to the stage to a deafening and reverential welcome at the Brighton Centre.2

After a seemingly endless string of encores (with Cohen skipping on and off stage between each) it’s obvious that Leonard Cohen has finally come to enjoy life and the songs that he has written that have touched so many.3

And it’s not just newspapers that are in on the scam. The animation below is from a Nett-TV News Clip, Oslo, Norway 2008.

And, check out this representative concert video, set to begin just before the pertinent athletics.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Venice: August 3, 2009
Video by AintNoCureForLove

WTF

Does that look to you like a 74 year old guy who just gave a 3+ hour show?

I don’t think so.

Miracle Or Potemkin Performance?

Come on, now. Rigorous schedule? Three hour shows? Running? Skipping?

Give me a break

Clearly, Cohen’s management is attempting to hoodwink fans, but in doing so has clumsily concocted a scenario that is so far beyond the believable that – well, it’s unbelievable is what it is.

It is now necessary to ask the awkward question – What really makes Leonard Cohen run? Stay tuned to find out what the 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric investigative staff has uncovered.

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by J..S. Carenza III.

Originally posted Jan 15, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. The original video and photo, which have disappeared, have been replaced with similar versions.
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  1. Counting the UK as one country. []
  2. Leonard Cohen at the Brighton Centre By Charlotte Taylor. Crawley Observer 22 December 2008 []
  3. Friday 14/11/08 Leonard Cohen @ The O2 Arena, London by Jon Bye. Gigwise. November 19, 2008 []

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Democracy – Berlin 2012

Leonard Cohen – Democracy
Berlin: Sept 5, 2012
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Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on

Note: Originally posted Sep 6, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric