“You came to me this morning, and you handled me like meat. You’d have to be a man to know how good that feels, how sweet” Leonard Cohen Recites A Thousand Kisses Deep – Brooklyn 2012

Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep
Brooklyn: Dec 20, 2012
Video by aelkoni aka Avi Elkoni

Note: The best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist.

Originally posted Dec 23, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Detroit Fox Theatre Marquee 2012

A conveniently pre-labeled “Signs Of Leonard Cohen” shot of the Fox marquee (Thanks, Joey)The marquee of the Detroit Fox Theatre promoting the Nov 26, 2012 Leonard Cohen concert at that venue.

Credit Due Department: This conveniently pre-labeled “Signs Of Leonard Cohen” photo was shot by Joseph Carenza III (Thanks, Joey)

Originally posted Nov 27, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Fiscal Fun – Measuring The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour In Yankee Dollars

I never asked but I heard you cast your lot along with the poor.
But then I overheard your prayer,
that you be this and nothing more
than just some grateful faithful woman’s favourite singing millionaire,
the patron Saint of envy and the grocer of despair,
working for the Yankee Dollar.

From Field Commander Cohen
By Leonard Cohen


The Pollstar Year End Top 50 Worldwide Tours provides cumulative numbers for gross revenues, ticket sales, etc for concert tours during the period from Jan 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012. (Note: Leonard Cohen toured from August 12 to Dec 20 in 2012)

Below is a screen capture (click image to enlarge) that includes the first 17 entries, the 17th of which is one Leonard Cohen.  According to Pollstar, Mr Cohen raked in less than, for example, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Metallica but more than, again, for example,  Radiohead, Barbara Streisand, and Justin Bieber.

Also noteworthy is the “Average Ticket Price” column, which indicates  that Cohen’s average ticket price of $107 is significantly less than Streisand’s $264, Madonna’s $140 and Paul McCartney’s 136.64 and a bit less than Roger Waters ($111) and Jennifer Lopez ($110).  The average price for a concert by the Canadian singer-songwriter, however, exceeds Springsteen ($92) and significantly exceeds the Red Hot Chili Peppers ($61) and the Dave Matthews Band ($56).

The complete list is available at Pollstar Year End Top 50 Worldwide Tours . (Update: No longer online)

Billboard Boxscore

Billboard’s 2012 Concert Boxscore offers interesting reading for those who follow the fiscal fortunes of our favourite singing millionaire, breaking down the cash by “boxscore.”  According to How We Compile The Boxscore Charts by Bob Allen (Billboard: Dec 23, 2006),

A boxscore is a single event by a headliner at a single location, but not necessarily a single performance. If an act plays more than one show at a venue, the totals from all the performances are added together to count as one boxscore. The shows don’t have to be on consecutive nights, but they do need to be part of the same tour, in the same year and with the same on-sale dates.

All five Leonard Cohen August concerts in Ghent, for example,  comprise one boxscore.

Be advised, however, that the consistency is not a hobgoblin that plagues Billboard Boxscores. Various  promoters, for example, may report data differently so comparisons are difficult.

From How We Compile The Boxscore Charts by Bob Allen (Billboard: Dec 23, 2006)

… Box-office data that is reported throughout the year comes primarily from concert promoters and concert venues. The data Billboard receives includes the box-office gross, number of tickets sold, tickets available for sale, ticket prices, promoters of the show, number of performances, venue and show dates.

All the box-office data collected during the chart year is used to compile the year-end touring charts. Most data comes from North American venues, but the year-end charts are not limited to just U.S. and Canadian totals. All boxscores reported worldwide are included in these tallies.

The graphic below (click on image to enlarge) is a screen capture of the first six concert series at given venues listed. The first Leonard Cohen entry in the list is, not so coincidentally, #6.

The compete list, including 26 separate Leonard Cohen Boxscores is accessible at Billboard Current BoxScore. (Update: No longer online)

Originally posted Jan 4, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You’ve touched her perfect body with your mind” Leonard Cohen Performs Suzanne – San Jose 2012

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
San Jose: Nov 7, 2012
Video by

And you want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind
And you think you maybe you’ll find her
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind

Originally posted Nov 9, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“If the crowd had applauded every time Leonard Cohen’s poetic eloquence was displayed, it would’ve meant a nonstop ovation.” 2012 Boston Concerts


Several times during Leonard Cohen’s epic and enveloping show at the Citi Wang Theatre Saturday night, the legendary singer-songwriter would sing one of his famous, devastatingly precise couplets and the audience would break into applause. If the crowd had applauded every time Cohen’s poetic eloquence was displayed, it would’ve meant a nonstop ovation for almost the entirety of the 3-hour-plus performance. That might’ve been distracting but it would’ve been understandable given how deep his gift for expression runs and how impeccably it was brought to life by the man and his superb band.

From Leonard Cohen Makes It Memorable, Sarah Rodman’s review of the Dec 15, 2012 Leonard Cohen Boston Concert. Boston Globe: Dec 17, 2012.


The above backstage photos were taken by Joey Carenza.

Live Music Blog offers 47 photos taken by Stephen Atkinson at the Dec 15, 2012 Leonard Cohen Boston Concert. The entire gallery can be accessed at Photos: Leonard Cohen @ Wang Theatre, Boston, MA 12/15/12.

The Wang Theatre Marquee photo atop this post was taken by Avi Elkoni

Originally posted Dec 17, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Full Stage Views August 21, 2012 Leonard Cohen World Tour Concert In Amsterdam

Geert van der Wijk took advantage of being exiled to the nosebleed seats of Olympisch Stadion by snapping these tremendous photographs showing full stage views of Leonard Cohen and his musicians in action. While close-ups are to be savored, the wider perspective offered here seems more resonant with the experience of the actual show. I also suspect that the last shot, featuring patrons in rain gear, is especially resonant with the experience of the actual show. The penultimate photo is both atmospheric and practical in providing information about the European leg of the 2012 Tour. These photos originate from Geert van der Wijk’s Flickr account, which also includes, in Geert’s words, “some (even better) pictures of the summer 2008 tour.”

Note: Originally posted Aug 29, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen, DrHGuy, Duchess Enjoy Intimate Moment At Bass Concert Hall: Austin Oct 31, 2012

One of the treats at the Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin show was running into Road Manager, Joey Carenza, whose duties include, among many others, maintaining the Leonard Cohen Tumblr, Notes From The Road, from which I have filched many a photo.  Happily, Joey approved of this larceny, making our first face to face meeting an enjoyable event rather  than, say,  an occasion for fisticuffs.

And it turns out that, prior to our meeting, Joey had serendipitously taken and posted this shot of the Oct 31, 2012 soundcheck that captured not only Leonard Cohen but also Duchess and me (the two tiny figures on the viewer’s lower right)  as the entire audience.

From left to right: Canadian singer-songwriter-poet-novelist-icon Leonard Cohen, Duchess Of Durham aka Penny Showalter, DrHGuy aka Allan Showalter.

Way cool, eh?


Photo taken Oct 31, 2012 by Joey Carenza (Original Caption: “Follow The Sound”). This entry originally posted Nov 1, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric