A 1993 Gallery: Leonard Cohen & Musicians On “Later With Jools Holland”


All the images in this gallery are screen captures from a video of Leonard Cohen and his musicians in a performance which took place May 12, 1993 and was taped for an episode of the “Later With Jools Holland” BBC program (broadcast May 14, 1993).

 

Identification Guide

Julie Christensen is the blonde backup singer. Perla Batalla, the other backup vocalist is positioned on the reader’s right. Most of the other individuals can be identified by their instruments:

Leonard Cohen – vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Perla Batalla – vocals
Julie Christensen – vocals
Bob Metzger – guitars, pedal steel guitar
Bob Furgo – keyboards, violin
Paul Ostermayer – keyboards, saxophone, flute
Bill Ginn – keyboards
Jorge Calderon – bass
Steve Meador – drums

Note: Originally Mar 12, 2013 posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Quotes Woody Allen & Performs A Singer Must Die – Boston 1993

Your vision is right, my vision is wrong
I’m sorry for smudging the air with my song

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

Video: Leonard Cohen & The Lip-synching Lennettes Are Back To The Future – Spanish TV 1993

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

Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About Touring, The Future, Country Music … 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.

Topics covered include

  • The Future album
  • Democracy – Its writing and its scope
  • Closing Time – “Things as we know it are coming to an end”
  • County music – Leonard notes that growing up in Montreal he heard “French versions of country western standards” and that tour buses frequently traveled from Montreal to Nashville
  • Leonard holds that “renewal mechanisms” exist “from the Catholic church to AA”
  • His influence on young musicians
  • Pump Up The Volume
  • Stranger Music anthology

Clips are played from

  • “Democracy” (from The Future)
  • “Closing Time” (from The Future)
  • “The Future” (from The Future)
  • “Everybody Knows” (from I’m Your Man)