“I’d never been around playing concerts for crowds that were that quiet. You could hear, maybe not a pin, but a 10-penny nail roll across the balcony.” Charlie Daniels On Playing In The 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour

Daniels, Cohen Formed Unique Bond by Jeffrey Ougler (Ifpress: Sept 9, 2010)

Charlie Daniels played fiddle on the 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour and played bass on the Songs From A Room (1969) and Songs Of Love And Hate (1971) albums.

“Everything that you did had to be something that was unique &… complemented this very unique, fragile music that Leonard was doing.” Charlie Daniels On Playing Fiddle For Leonard Cohen

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When I think of Leonard’s music, I think of it as very, very fragile. I’d never been around that kind of music before, that everything that you did had to be something that was unique and that it complemented this very unique, fragile music that Leonard was doing.quotedown2

Charlie Daniels

 

Daniels, Cohen Formed Unique Bond by Jeffrey Ougler (Ifpress: Sept 9, 2010).

Charlie Daniels played fiddle on the 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour and played bass on the Songs From A Room (1969) and Songs Of Love And Hate (1971) albums.

“Leonard Cohen promptly selected the prettiest young woman on stage [at 1970 Frankfurt concert] and — faster than you could say ‘Suzanne’ or ‘So Long, Marianne’ — began making out with her.”

The first time I heard Cohen perform was on May 5, 1970. His sold-out concert was at the 2000-seat Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, where I was a music-crazed eighth-grade student at the Frankfurt International School. His concert took place a day after four students protesting the Vietnam War were killed by National Guard troops at Kent State University in Ohio. The fatal shootings were a prime topic of conversation for many in the audience — and for Cohen, who lamented the tragedy at some length from the stage before performing a single number. Apparently taken aback by Cohen’s impromptu but carefully articulated words, a young American soldier seated in the front row called out: “We came to hear you sing, not talk.” “Well, then,” Cohen shot back, “you’ve got a real problem.” After doing a song or two with his band, Cohen invited as many audience members as would fit to come up on stage for the remainder of the concert. More than a hundred did, sitting cross-legged next to him and his musicians. Cohen promptly selected the prettiest young woman on stage and — faster than you could say “Suzanne” or “So Long, Marianne” — began making out with her. He engaged in a similar, spur-of-the-moment make-out session with another young woman on stage when he performed at the same Frankfurt venue a year later.  (In 1987, I did a Union-Tribune interview with Jennifer Warnes, who had just released her superb album of Cohen’s songs, “Famous Blue Raincoat.” Since she had been a singer in his band in the early 1970s, I asked her if she recalled Cohen’s make-out sessions with very willing female fans at his pair of Frankfurt concerts. Warnes let out a knowing sigh. “He did that at every concert,” she said.)

 

How make-out artist supreme Leonard Cohen nearly got me kicked out of my 11th grade English class by George Varga (San Diego Union Tribune: No 11, 2016). The photo us a screen capture from Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire, Tony Palmer’s documentary of the 1972 Leonard Cohen Tour.

“After [Leonard Cohen’s 1970 Paris show], there can be no doubt that he’s no longer an exciting foreign entertainer treasured by a growing number of initiates but rather a full-blown star performer on the French scene.”

Leonard Cohen, Canada’s poet-singer of the lovable and livable, had young Paris at his feet… Overflowing the 2,000 seats of the Olympic Theatre, they squatted in the aisles and even on the stage to listen raptly to the warm-blooded, cool-hearted lyrics.

…After [Leonard Cohen’s 1970 Paris show], there can be no doubt that he’s no longer an exciting foreign entertainer treasured by a growing number of initiates but rather a full-blown star performer on the French scene.

Excerpted from Leonard Cohen Scores In Paris by Tim Creery. Montreal Gazette: May 14, 1970. Photo by Patrick Younes.

More excerpts from this article can be found at

“[At the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival] they were booing everybody except Leonard Cohen” Kris Kristofferson

Tension had been rising at the festival for days. The promoters had expected a hundred and fifty thousand people but half a million more turned up, many with no intention of paying. Even after the promoters were forced to declare it a free festival, ill will remained. During a set by Kris Kristofferson, bottles were thrown and he was booed offstage. “They were booing everybody,” says Kristofferson. “Except Leonard Cohen.”

From I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons. Promotional photo contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Sept 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Fans Reading The Sandusky Register 1970 Strawberry Fields Festival Article Were To Be Disappointed

Notwithstanding the rather detailed article from the July 25, 197 Sandusky Register (Sandusky, Ohio) displayed below [bolding mine], Leonard Cohen was not to perform at the Strawberry Fields Festival held August 7, 8, and 9, 1970 “in the Canadian Maritime Province of New Brunswick at Moncton” aka “lobster capital of the world.” For one thing, the Festival was moved to Mosport, Ontario. And, more to the point, Leonard Cohen (and Led Zeppelin), while scheduled, did not appear. For more information, see 1970 Leonard Cohen Shows That Weren’t.

Rock Festival Slated – Canada

Four hundred acres of wild berry bushes and unspoiled beaches mark the site for the First Annual AlterNation Rock Festival, “Strawberry Fields,” to take place in the Canadian Maritime Province of New Brunswick at Moncton, August 7-9.

Scheduled to feature such top acts as Eric Burdon & War, Cactus, Leonard Cohen, Delaney & Bonnie, Grand Funk Railroad, Procol Harum, Melanie, Mountain, Sly & the Family Stone, Youngbloods and Led Zeppelin, the three-day musical meeting will run each day from low to high tides. The bill will also include such Canadian talent as M a n i t o b a , C r o w b a r , Luke & the Apostles, and others.

NOTED AS the lobster capital of the world, this site is bordered by white beaches, wild strawberry fields, peach trees and contains salt and fresh-water spring rivers, and miles of pure white and untouched sands. Campers will have full access to clean, clear salt waters and a bay whose tide goes out for one and one half miles each day. Fresh water from n a t u r a l wells will be pumped for drinking purposes, e l i m i n a t i n g the casualties of broken pipes and rusty water.

Food concession  prices will be controlled in accordance with festival policy and fresh-caught lobster and fish from this primarily vegetarian state will be available in abundance. Free rice kitchens will be manned by Toronto’s Penny Farthing.

Medical staff and hospital tents will be located at each camping area and at all ends of the site. The Clinic, Canada’s equivalent of the Hog Farm, will patrol the site and provide special hospital facilities and rest areas. Traffic, information and services will be handled by tribal members under the direction of Clinic members.

Seating will be arranged amphitheater style on a graded slope. Adequate units of toilets and showers have been stationed throughout camping grounds, beaches and stage area.

Three-day festival tickets are available at $15, and may be purchased at all Ticketron outlets or by mail order to Strawberry Fields, Suite 700, 720 Filth Avenue, New York, N.Y

Originally posted August 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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 DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric