Artifacts From 2013 Radio City Music Hall Leonard Cohen Concerts & Soundchecks

These graphic displays from the April 6 & 7, 2013 Leonard Cohen shows at Radio City Music Hall are too interesting not to offer to viewers just because I couldn’t come up with rationalizations to post them separately.

Soundcheck. Photo: Leif Bodnarchuk

Soundcheck. Photo: Leif Bodnarchuk

Photo: Joey Carenza

Note: Originally posted Apr 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Leonard [Cohen] jogs out on stage, a young whippersnapper of 78 years old. He sings songs, tells stories, pays reverent homage to his fellow musicians on stage, each one very worthy of our love. He’s a gentleman of the best kind.” Louisville 2013

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Leonard jogs out on stage, a young whippersnapper of 78 years old. He sings songs, tells stories, pays reverent homage to his fellow musicians on stage, each one very worthy of our love. He’s a gentleman of the best kind. He’s respectful of everyone, but doesn’t take anything too seriously. There’s two kinds of women at a Leonard Cohen concert: The kind who have already lost their mind, and the kind who are about to lose their mind. I’ll let you decide in which category I reside, but suffice it to say I have been to a concert of his in Cleveland in 2009. ‘Nuff said. But seriously, while I sit mainly still in my seat in awe of it all, some of these women are hypnotized in other ways. There are a lot of reminders of what it’s like in some churches. And I have to admit, at many times throughout the night I kept thinking to myself it felt a little like a church. Except a church where nobody was pretending they never said bad words. A church where you could buy a beer or a glass of wine and bring it into the sanctuary with you. And they did. And we all sang. Women raised their hands to the sky all the time, and swayed in their seats. People danced in the aisles a little bit. There were standing ovations scattered throughout the show, for Leonard Cohen, for Sharon Robinson, Hattie & Charley Webb, and every member of the band. People shouted out ‘I love you, Leonard’ at times throughout the show but I think nobody minded because we all wanted to shout it out. At some point a lady shouted out ‘Best Easter Ever’ and we all silently agreed. I wanted to shout out and if I could I would shout to Leonard ‘Ole`!’ quotedown2

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From Old Ideas, a report on the March 30, 2013 Leonard Cohen Louisville Concert posted April 2, 2013 by Tammigirl at If You Could See What I See. Photo by Penny Showalter. Originally posted Apr 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“We’re Falling Like Flies” – Louisville Treated To Unique Leonard Cohen Stage Banter At 2013 Show

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At 8:20 PM on March 30, 2013 at the Palace Theater, Leonard Cohen opened his first-ever performance in Louisville with the announcement of the absence of Musical Director and bass player Roscoe Beck because of illness. He then simultaneously commented ruefully on Beck’s misfortunes, alluded to the recent ravaging of the entire touring company by flu in Regina, and segued into the promise he makes to every audience to “give you everything we got” with “We’re falling like flies,” a singularly effective if arguably less eloquent phrase than is typical within the Cohenesque patois.

Note: While I have not reviewed every transcript of every Leonard Cohen concert, this is, as far as I can determine, the only instance in which the Canadian singer-songwriter has used “We’re falling like flies” to inform an audience of the status of the tour’s troupe.

Note: Originally posted Apr 1, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric