Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Avalanche & Suzanne – Hannover 2010

Gripping Black And White Video Of “Avalanche” And “Suzanne” From 2010 Hannover Concert

Those two songs alone would make this video significant. “Suzanne” is arguably the most representative work in Leonard Cohen’s repertoire, dating back to the beginning of his career as a singer-songwriter, and “Avalanche” is a favorite of many fans, especially those who have admired Cohen over the years, but was rarely played during the World Tour until the 2010 leg of the Tour.

The stark clarity of the black and white recording fits seamlessly with the tone, lyrical content, lighting,1 and the staging which revolves around on Cohen alone, accompanying himself on guitar.

From my perspective, the black and white videography significantly enhances the focus of and emotional impact on the viewer.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne and Avalanche
Hannover; Sept 27, 2010
Video from anniesnake

Note: Originally posted July 27, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. The lighting for the Cohen Concerts is an often overlooked aspect of the presentation. In this context, it is particularly notable because the same dramatic effects that are most compelling for the live audience can prove insurmountable obstacles to still photographers and videographers. []

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Constrained, Moving Performance Of Going Home – Oakland 2013

I’m going home
Without the sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

No one endows a performance with such gravitas – without resorting to dramatic gestures or onstage theatrics – like Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen – Going Home
Oakland: March 2, 2013
Videos by Wayne Weber

Note: Originally posted Mar 10, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Cohencentric YouTube Videos Top 3,000,000 Views

Earlier this month, I posted Cohencentric Tops 3,000,000 Hits, noting that

This count does not include Cohencentric’s affiliated YouTube videos, Facebook Page, Twitter account, or, of course, the hits garnered by Cohencentric’s predecessors, and

Well, a reader wrote in to point out that “Cohencentric’s affiliated YouTube videos” had also topped three million hits. I checked, and sure enough, the videos at Allan Showalter YouTube Channel crossed the 3,000,000 some time ago.

To celebrate, I’m posting the channel’s theme video and some of the most popular selections.

Leonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Speech

Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night (1976)

Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1

Fifty Shades Of Leonard Cohen

Celebrating Leonard Cohen’s First Live Performance Of The Guests In 27 Years – Madrid 2012: A Dossier On The Song

Note: This material was originally posted Oct 7, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric, just after Leonard’s Oct 5, 2012 live performance of “The Guests,” his first in 27 years.

Concert Performances Of “The Guests”

Leonard Cohen’s performance of “The Guests” at the Oct 5, 2012 Madrid concert was the first time he had sung that song in concert  since the February 2, 1985 Wiesbaden show. Previously, “The Guests” had been a setlist fixture throughout his 1979 and 1980 tours; it was also played at the Jan 31, 1985 Mannheim concert.1

“The Guests” On Albums

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  1. Source: Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin []

Remembering The 2013 Halifax Leonard Cohen Show: Video, Photos, Reviews …

Reviews: April 13, 2013 Leonard Cohen Halifax Show

“The Leonard Cohen concert … transformed [Halifax Metro Centre] at turns into a church and bordello, a monastery & seedy nightclub at Closing Time.”

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