“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

Photo: Leonard Cohen Invites Audience On Stage – Hamburg 1970

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Leonard Cohen performs on stage with members of the audience at the Musikhalle on May 4, 1970 in Hamburg, Germany.

Listen To Full 1972 Leonard Cohen Aix-En-Provence Festival Concert

As I’ve previously pointed out, the 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour was weird – and the 1970 Aix-en-Provence Music Festival in general, and Leonard Cohen’s role in it specifically, were uniquely weird.

The August 1-3, 1970 Aix-en-Provence Music Festival was Woodstock with a French twist, featuring an audience of 40,000 with an average age of 20, a ban against the Festival issued by the Prefecture of the Bouches-du-Rhone, Hare Krishna chants, battles between local politicians, nudity, Maoists, the President of the International (classic) Music Festival at Aix-en-Provence describing its rock festival counterpart as “devastating hordes of hippies in search of horseplay and scandal,” and demands that the Festival be made “open to the people” (i.e., free), along with, as one might expect, sex (exhibitionist-mode), drugs (used only slightly more discreetly), and rock and roll (by Johnny Winter, Mungo Jerry, Titanic, Majority One, …). And, of course, it was the only time Leonard traveled to a show through the the countryside to arrive on stage – on a white stallion.

More about this show can be found at Cohencentric: 1970 Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Setlist: 01. Les Propriétaires de la Révolution (speech in French) 1:35 02. Bird on the Wire 3:50 03. So Long, Marianne 2:24 04. You Know Who I Am 3:11 05. Lady Midnight 2:36 06. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:14 07. The Stranger Song 5:19 08. For No Reason At All (Improvisation) :40 09. Joan of Arc 5:02 10. The Partisan 3:34 11. Intro :38 12. Sisters of Mercy 3:30 13. Diamonds in the Mine 4:14

Thanks to Jo Meul, who alerted me to this video.