Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die
Boston: July 16, 1993
Video from messalina79
Note: Originally posted January 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
This appears to be the 1993 iteration of the 1988 promotions Leonard Cohen made with backup singers, usually anonymous stand-ins, lip-synching his songs on TV in France, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries. Those 1988 versions can be viewed
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Spanish TV: 1993
David Dye writes about his 1993 interview with Leonard Cohen in World Cafe: Backstage With Leonard Cohen In 1993:
I went alone with a tape recorder. When Cohen arrived, he walked off the bus wearing a band jacket whose lapel had been embroidered with “Field Commander Cohen.” Commander Cohen was gracious as we settled into the reverberant dressing room. (Believe it or not, he thanked me for having the interest to interview him.) I can’t believe I had the chutzpah to call him the “Barry White of folk music.” What was I thinking? Well, I was thinking “deep voice, affinity for string arrangements” — and maybe that people listened while loving. Afterward, it was soundcheck time and I settled in to listen — until Cohen came over and ever-so-kindly explained that sound check was a ritual, a sacred moment for the band. And, uh, I wasn’t in the band. I did not stay for the show that night. But years later, in 2009, I witnessed one of the most moving shows ever at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia — and I feel myself blessed.
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Tom Sakic,1 uploaded an audience recording of Leonard Cohen and his band performing “Bird on the Wire” at the Alt Oper, Frankfurt, Germany, May 27, 1993. Featured on guitar is Bob Metzger, who was also guitarist for the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour.
While the visual aspect is suboptimal by today’s standards, the video is watchable, and the audio quality is good. Add in the fact that performances of this song from the 1993 Tour are hard to find, and this video ranks as a must-see for any Cohen fan.
Note: Originally posted Jan 3, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Just over a year ago [at time of original posting], 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric published Unusual Surfaces Autographed By Leonard Cohen, an annotated list of atypical items Leonard Cohen has signed on the owner’s request: a license tag, a pink iPhone case, the inside of a fedora, seafood, a t-shirt concurrently worn by a young woman … While I only recently discovered today’s addition to this list, a sweater belonging to Denise Knowles, Leonard scribbled his name on that garment over twenty years ago – and the initiating event that led to the Leonard Cohen monicker being thus affixed took place three years before that.
Oh, and that sweater signature came with a marriage proposal uttered with witnesses present by the Poet Laureate Of Commitophobes.1
Denise Knowles explains:
The story actually begins in 1970, when an old boyfriend played an LP of Songs of Leonard Cohen. I just fell for Leonard’s voice, and the rest is history.
In 1990, I paid a visit to a very good friend of mine. It turned out that her fiancé’s sister, who was there when I visited, worked in promotions at SONY. After I brought up that CBS-SONY was Leonard Cohen’s record label, she told me that if Cohen toured again … she would get me tickets.
I knew better than to count on a promise made three years earlier by the sister of a fiancé of a friend, so when I discovered Leonard Cohen would be playing at Royal Albert Hall on the 10th May 1993, I purchased my own ticket for the show.
Then, lo and behold, three days before the show, the Gold Ticket arrived.
My friend Janet [on left in photo atop this post] and I watched the concert from Box 025 with food and drink served throughout the performance. (If I had used the ticket I bought myself I would have been in seat 127 row Z1.)
At the start of the encore, the woman who had arranged the box tickets told me I would also be going to the Elgar Room for after-concert drinks.
I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
But it got even better.