Leonard Cohen Performs The Window Featuring Raffi Hakopian On Violin – Bonn 1980

imgLC023_bewerkt-ed900A beautiful performance of one of Leonard Cohen’s loveliest songs. Featured on the violin is Armenian Raffi Hakopian. Sharon Robinson is the backup singer.

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

Video: Leonard Cohen’s More Country Rendition Of Diamonds In The Mine (Vietnam Version) – Warsaw 1985

“I haven’t been in such a beautiful dressing room since my bar mitzvah”

For an interesting comparison with another Leonard Cohen performance of the same song, see Vietnam Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Diamonds In The Mine – Montreux 1985

Leonard Cohen – Diamonds In The Mine
Video: messalina79

Note: Originally posted October 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Talks About, Performs Chelsea Hotel #2 – 1979

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street

Leonard Cohen Talks About, Performs Chelsea Hotel #2
From Song Of Leonard Cohen by Harry Rasky
Video from messalina79

Note: Originally posted September 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Bird On The Wire – German TV 1979

Leonard Cohen’s October 31, 1979 performance of a set at the ZDF-TV Studio in München, Deutschland was taped for later broadcast. Many, if not all, of the songs he played that day have been previously posted individually. Eight of the songs are available at Dec 2, 1979 ZDF-TV Rock-Pop Special

Bird On The Wire, however, was broadcast on the November 10, 1979 edition of the same show.

Thanks to Milan Zivancevic, who alerted me to this video.

Hear Oct 17, 1979 Falkoner Teatret (Copenhagen) Leonard Cohen Show


01. (8:21.50) Bird on the Wire
02. (8:22.20) Who by Fire
03. (4:27.04) Field Commander Cohen
04. (4:28.12) Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
05. (6:54.26) Ballad of the Absent Mare
06. (5:48.66) Suzanne
07. (6:23.44) //Iodine (Leonard Cohen/Phil Spector) / (band introductions)
08. (6:18.35) Joan of Arc
09. (5:44.48) The Stranger Song
10. (8:10.73) Chelsea Hotel #2
11. (3:22.17) A Singer Must Die
12. (2:54.63) Un as der Rebbe Singt (trad.)
13. (3:14.50) The Partisan (Anna Marly/Hy Zaret)
14. (8:29.15) Story of Isaac
15. (6:09.17) The Gypsy’s Wife
16. (3:42.49) Why Don’t You Try
17. (6:47.60) I Tried to Leave You

Encore #1:
18. (8:40.14) So Long, Marianne

Encore #2:
19. (5:34.22) Tonight Will Be Fine
20. (7:00.61) Memories (Leonard Cohen/Phil Spector) (band introductions)

Encore #3:
21. (6:34.04) Lover, Lover, Lover