“I remember her there, sitting in front of a mirror, saying ‘Leonard, why don’t you try this?’ I said, ‘Listen, I don’t need that stuff.'” Leonard Cohen Performs Chelsea Hotel #2 – Copenhagen 1985

Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2
Copenhagen: February 9, 1985
Video from messalina79

Chelsea Hotel #2 is one of the six songs from the February 9, 1985 concert in Copenhagen, Denmark that were broadcast on Danish TV.1 Backing Cohen are Anjani Thomas (vocals and Keyboards), John Crowder (bass), Ron Getman, & Mitch Watkins (guitar), Richard Crooks (drums).

While the visual elements of this video are suboptimal, the audio is quite good. Leonard’s introduction is especially interesting.

Originally posted Jan 6, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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“I used to be a swan in the Baltic Sea… I came back as a human to sing to you.” Leonard Cohen Talks To Audience, Sings Dance Me To The End Of Love – Copenhagen 1985

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Copenhagen: February 9, 1985
Video from messalina79

Dance Me To The End Of Love is one of the six songs from the February 9, 1985 concert in Copenhagen, Denmark that were broadcast on Danish TV.1  Backing Cohen are Anjani Thomas (vocals and Keyboards), John Crowder (bass), Ron Getman, & Mitch Watkins (guitar), Richard Crooks (drums).

While the visual elements of this video are suboptimal, the audio is quite good. The arrangement differs from that used in the 2008-2013 tours. A bit of banter precedes the performance of the song.

 Originally posted Jan 6, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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Signs Of Leonard Cohen – Along With The Ramones, The Clash, The Cure, Billy Bragg, et al: 1985 Roskilde Festival Program

Program listing the appearance of Leonard Cohen (among others) at the 1985 Roskilde Festival, held south of Roskilde, Denmark. I’ve posted the cover of the program and the page with Leonard Cohen’s June 28, 1985 show.

Note: Originally posted January 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“They had cassettes of my songs and Xeroxes of my books. Tickets were scalped for a month’s wages.” Leonard Cohen On Poland’s Response To Him In 1985

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I was totally unprepared for the response in Poland [in 1985]. They had cassettes of my songs and Xeroxes of my books. Tickets were scalped for a month’s wages. It was almost embarrassing. ‘The Partisan’ became a kind of anthem in the detention camps after Solidarity was outlawed and there was a large roundup of people. Lech Walesa sent me greetings when I entered. I had the Pope’s bodyguard.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). Poster for the March 19, 1985 Leonard Cohen concert at Arena Poznan’ in Poznan, Poland (inscription: The Legendary Bard Of The Protest Song, The Great Poet And The Composer)  contributed by jeremek, who originally posted it at LeonardCohenForum. Originally posted Sep 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“My fish will be tamed in the bathtub at the Pentahotel.” Leonard Cohen’s “Rebellious Thoughts” Intro To Chelsea Hotel #2 – Wiesbaden 1985

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The young woman in that elevator was Janis Joplin, and the young man was Leonard Cohen, an unlikely combination. However, out of that grotesque union, came this song.

Chelsea Hotel #2 Introduction: Wiesbaden – Feb 2, 1985

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It was a long time ago, in an elevator, in the Chelsea Hotel, that I wrote this song. Oh that was a lovely elevator. God! If I could only ride up and down up and down in that elevator all my life. I think I am riding up and down all my life. They’re such pretty buttons. You could reach everyone of them. You didn’t have to be a giant. You just had to be ordinary human-sized. There they were, 1 2 3 4 5 6, these buttons. Where is the elevator and these buttons? They would take me to the delights that I so richly deserved. The Pentahotel. It’s not that bad you know. It’s a good hotel. It has a very deep bathtub. I brought my fish. At this very moment my fish is sporting itself in the bathtub at the Pentahotel. There’s a lot of space for my fish. My fish is sad. It deserves the ocean it believes. My fish is full of anxiety and ambition for the ocean. I will have to tame my fish. My fish will be tamed in the bathtub at the Pentahotel. It is not the only hotel. My fish does not ride in the elevator. My fish travels through windows. My fish is a liar. I have no fish. I lied to you about my fish. My fish is a dog. He lives with an old woman. Back to the Chelsea Hotel and the elevator in the Chelsea Hotel before I was so rudely interrupted by my rebellious thoughts. I believe I lived there once. I was a young singer trying to make it in New York. I was eating amphetamine and I was a hundred and nineteen pounds, of fury. It was late one night. I think it was a Tuesday, but I may be wrong about that. If there are any historians here, don’t hold me to the fact. I have a certain poetic license. Maybe it was Thursday. What the hell, we’re all friends. Let’s say it was a Thursday night. There were no buttons in the elevator, I lied about that too. It worked on a kind of ESP, you kind of willed yourself to the floor that you lived on. I’m sorry for going on about it now like this. I’m just an old man with an electric guitar. You know how that leads you into all kinds of disasters and predicaments. One night I met a very lovely young woman in that elevator. She was dressed in leather and feather and fringes. It was the style of the time. In those days they hadn’t heard about black. One thing led to another. I knew she was hungry. I could tell by her fringes. She was looking for Kris Kristofferson. A name we rarely hear these days. But my name is not that prominent either, so what have I got to complain about. And I was looking for Brigitte Bardot, but she was already establishing that intimate relationship with the seal that excluded all other human companionship. I didn’t know at that time. I pressed on and on. Forever the optimist. Anyhow the young woman in that elevator was Janis Joplin, and the young man was Leonard Cohen, an unlikely combination. However, out of that grotesque union, came this song.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Prologues. Photo by Daniel Bastida.

Hear Complete Leonard Cohen 1985 Montreux Concert

High quality recording of Leonard Cohen’s July 9, 1985 appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, including stage banter. Worthy of special note are Tennessee Waltz, which was used on the Dear Heather album; the excellent “Vietnam version” of Diamonds In The Mine; a lovely rendition of There Is A War; and Anjani joining Leonard on Joan Of Arc.

Setlist: Bird On The Wire – The Law – Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – There Is A War – Who By Fire – Dance Me To The End Of Love – Diamonds In The Mine – Night Comes On – The Gypsy Wife – Hallelujah – Avalanche – A Singer Must Die – The Stranger Song – Chelsea Hotel #2 – Story Of Isaac – Famous Blue Raincoat – Lover Lover Lover – Tennessee Waltz – The Partisan – Sisters Of Mercy – Memories – Passing Through – If It Be Your Will – Heart With No Companion – I Tried To Leave You – Suzanne – Coming Back To You – Joan Of Arc – Dance Me To The End Of Love

Musicians:  Leonard Cohen – vocals, guitar; Richard Crooks – drums; John Crowder – bass, vocals; Ron Getman – guitar, pedal steel, vocals; Anjani Thomas – keyboards, vocals; Mitch Watkins – guitar, keyboards, vocals

Classic Images Of Leonard Cohen & Crew 1985: Distinctive Clothes, Soulful Singing, Familiar Faces

All of these images are screenshots from Video: Leonard Cohen’s Brilliant Performance Of “Coming Back To You” – Australian TV 1985.

Worthy of special note are views of

  • The sartorial splendor of Leonard Cohen in the 1980s: dark suit, plaid shirt, cowboy boots, slicked back hair (Do not try this at home unless you, like Leonard Cohen, are a professional dapper dresser.)
  • Mitch Watkins (also in plaid shirt), who also played in the 2012  – 2013 Leonard Cohen Tours
  • Anjani Thomas

Note: Originally posted February 22, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric