Delightful Video: 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck Version Of Dance Me To The End Of Love

Nuances Of Note

None of these items, one could argue, is important; that is, I would counter, why they are fun.

  • Hattie Webb’s hat
  • Leonard Cohen sans suit but equipped with fedora
  • Leonard Cohen absolutely focused, singing about dancing to a “burning violin” while kneeling at the feet of Alex Bublitchi, undeterred by the violinist attending to his instrument or the crew member hustling across the stage
  • A possible kneeling version of the Bercy Back-Flap at 2:00, followed by an OK signal at 2:20
  • The toothpick expertly wielded by Rafael Bernardo Gayol
  • A whispered remark to Mr Cohen at 3:42 evoking broad smiles
  • The song ending, atypically for a soundcheck, with applause to which the Canadian singer-songwriter responds with a bow, another smile, and a wave

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Lucca Soundcheck: July 9, 2013
Video by 30gallina72

Originally posted July 12, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos: Leonard Cohen Engages With St John’s Audience – April 20, 2013

Philip Hiscock., the photographer responsible for these shots, writes about the physical and sociological perspective from which these photos were taken:

I wasn’t placed really well for pictures, but it wasn’t too bad: on the main floor in Row X, so about 25 rows back. Or perhaps 30, after the “VIP” section. It was a well-behaved crowd so I wasn’t about to stand up a lot and take pictures.

So, there are no closeups. On the other hand, I think these images more than compensate by effectively providing a sense of the connection between Leonard Cohen and the audience as well as the excitement of that event.

Note: Originally posted Apr 25, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

High Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hallelujah – Hamilton 2013

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (clips)
Hamilton: April 9, 2013
Video by Toronto Kirtan Community

Linda Sturgess spotted this video of clips from Leonard Cohen’s performance of Hallelujah at the April 9, 2013 Hamilton concert. Originally posted April 25, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos By Pete Purnell: 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam Concert

When I first heard from Pete Purnell, he wrote that his goal was to take concert photos that would “capture moments and subtle gestures” of the sort that are rarely caught in the shots favored by sources such as newspapers and magazines. These photos from the 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam Concert are evidence that he remains committed to this mission. His shots from this show are also a dandy addition to one my favorite photo themes: When Bad Seats Happen To Good Photographers.

I especially like the shot below that catches Rafael Gayol’s drumstick at the apex of his ritual toss.

And I’m fond of this view of the stage and audience.


Originally posted Oct 2, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Gwen Langford’s Photo Gallery: 2013 Leonard Cohen Radio City Music Hall Concerts

Gwen Langford, web master of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, graciously allowed me to filch photos from her own 2013 Radio City Music Hall Leonard Cohen concert albums. Worthy of special note are lovely photos of Charley & Hattie Webb, the shot of Mitch Watkins that not only shows him at work but also displays his 2013 upgrade to a red velvet chair, three impressive images of Alex Bublitchi, and the sequence of photos depicting Leonard Cohen’s elbow keyboard run.

Originally posted April 13, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2013 Stockholm Concert Poster

An in situ poster promoting the Aug 15. 2013 Leonard Cohen concert’ held in Stockholm. Photo taken by Svetlana Bolonova. Special thanks to Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner, who forwarded the photo to me. Originally posted August 21, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric.