Video: Dance, Dance, Dance. Leonard Cohen’s Song About Composers, Geographical Metaphysics, Ticket Prices, & Stage Lighting – Amsterdam 1980

At his October 30, 1980 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Concert, Leonard Cohen improvised the delightful Dance, Dance, Dance, riffing on the venue, the audience, and even the stage lighting. The audio track is a recording of a radio broadcast of the show. I’ve added some images to illustrate the lyrics. The black and white still photos of Leonard Cohen were taken by Pete Purnell at the same October 30, 1980 show at which Dance, Dance, Dance was performed.

“Look, look who is there …” Josiane Calamel Meets Leonard Cohen

“I was so young and already fascinated” Josiane Calamel

By the time Josiane Calamel attended the March 9, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (that’s Leonard leaving the venue in the photo above), she was indeed “already fascinated” with the Canadian singer-songwriter.


Josiane, who had then only recently moved to Australia with her husband and young son from her native France, would also see Leonard perform live in Melbourne in May 1985 and Feb 5, 2009. But it would be 2010, when she and her husband traveled back to France to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, before Josiane would meet Leonard face to face.

Josiane and her husband, who already had tickets for the Sept 19, 2010 Strasbourg concert, were sightseeing a couple of days before the show when they stopped for a drink at Place Kléber (the central square of Strasbourg). Josiane reports what happened next:

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Hear Oct 30,1980 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Online

This (audio only) video is from a well known bootleg, Leonard Cohen – Live 1980-10-30 Amsterdam, Concertgebouw” described as “Excellent-sounding recording of Leonard Cohen’s show at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 30 October 1980. The sound is clean and clear, with a good balance between the music and the audience, though lacking a little in the bass.”

Set List
00:05 Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
04:18 Who By Fire
10:17 The Window
16:04 Passing Through
20:54 The Guests
27:03 There Is a War
32:05 Suzanne
36:42 The Stranger Song
45:27 Chelsea Hotel #2
49:07 The Partisan
52:40 Story of Isaac
56:37 The Gypsy’s Wife
01:02:14 The Music Crept By Us [poem]
01:05:41 Diamonds in the Mine
01:10:38 Famous Blue Raincoat
01:16:31 Lover Lover Lover
01:24:26 Memories
01:29:45 So Long Marianne
01:38:25 Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
01:43:33 Joan of Arc
01:50:01 Tries to Leave You
01:59:48 Do I have to Dance All Night

Available To Public For First Time – Hear Army Radio Recording Of 1980 Leonard Cohen Tel-Aviv Concert


Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson performing in 1980 (Amsterdam)

From the Soundcloud description: This is the latter of two concerts that took place November 24, 1980 and was broadcast live on Israeli Army Radio. Here we present you the first complete recording of the show that has been unpublished since broadcast live on Army Radio.

Audio recordings of this show have circulated privately, but this is the first time a recording has been made available to the general public. Thanks to GLZ Radio (Israeli Army Radio) for making this tape accessible.

See Ooba-Ooo: Leonard Cohen’s Memories Monologue & Do-Dum-Dum-Dum Precursor – Tel-Aviv 1980

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Tel-Aviv Show

On November 24, 1980, Leonard Cohen performed two concerts at Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv as the concluding shows of his Smokey Life Tour. There is no setlist or known recording from the first show. Recordings and a partial setlist do, however, exist for the second.1

Setlist: Nov 24, 1980 Leonard Cohen Concert
Tel Aviv – Second Show

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  1. Source: Cohen Live []