Look Who Made It Into Sharon Robinson’s On Tour With Leonard Cohen: Mitch, Alex, Roscoe, Hattie, Charley, Neil, Dominique Issermann, Lorca, DrHGuy, Duchess, The Guy Who Carries Leonard Cohen’s Guitar…

I continue to be delighted by the images in Sharon Robinson’s On Tour With Leonard Cohen, which Vogue described as “a book of photographs, 92 percent of which were shot on an iPhone, which gives them a curious sense of intimacy, spontaneity, and complicity, echoing, in a way, the particular closeness of Ms. Robinson and Mr. Cohen’s relationship.”  Now, most folks buy this book because of the photos featuring Leonard Cohen, but there are other treats: many, many shots of other members of the Unified Heart Touring Company (past and present), family, strangers, local scenes, and the occasional hangers-on who show up at soundcheck in Austin.

On Tour with Leonard Cohen By Sharon Robinson (PowerHouse Books: December 9, 2014). Originally posted Dec 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Brilliant Photos: The 2012 Leonard Cohen Paris Concerts Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa Leonard Cohen

Maarten Massa reliably delivers stellar photos of Leonard Cohen concerts, and his shots of the September 28, 29, & 30, 2012 Olympia shows in Paris are no exception. Worthy of special note are

  • Perhaps the best 2012 Tour photo of Charley Webb I’ve seen
  • An outstanding shot of a happy Roscoe Beck
  • A pristine, all too rare photo of the usually camouflaged Rafael Gayol
  • A closeup of Leonard Cohen performing on Jew’s harp

And He’s Off…

Leonard Cohen in the process of skipping off stage

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Originally posted Oct 18, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Here’s a song for the people of New Orleans” Leonard Cohen Performs Banjo – Amsterdam 2012

Featuring Neil Larsen, Alex Bublitchi, & Sharon Robinson

Leonard rarely performed Banjo in concert. In fact, the only other videotaped performance I’ve found was at the Aug 14, 2012 Ghent show: Video: Leonard Cohen’s Touching Performance Of Banjo – Ghent 2012

Leonard Cohen – Banjo
Amsterdam: August 21, 2012
Video by vpmusicblog

Photos Of Note: 2013 Leonard Cohen Hamburg Concert

These striking photos were taken at the July 14, 2013 Leonard Cohen Hamburg show by Uwe & Susanne Schrade. A report on that concert by Uwe Schrade is available at “Outstanding And Very, Very Beautiful” – Reporting On The 2013 Leonard Cohen Hamburg Concert From The First Row.


Note: Originally posted July 24, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2012 Leonard Cohen Lisbon Concert Photos – Neil Larsen’s Accordion Hands Close-up, Alex Bublitchi’s Tie Inspection, & More

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of shots showing Leonard Cohen in concert standing erect, kneeling, crouching, etc. And, it’s easy to find images of classic scenes – e.g., Javier Mas performing his dramatic solo at the beginning of “Who By Fire” or Sharon Robinson powerfully singing “Alexandra Leaving.” But only on Cohencentric can one count on finding these and other popular photos alongside such rarely published but endearing images as a closeup of Neil Larsen’s hands playing the accordion on “The Partisan,” Alex Bublitchi, the intense violinist, who appears to be either carefully examining his necktie or performing the magic pencil illusion with his bow, and some wonderful looks at Roscoe Beck and Mitch Watkins in action. All of these photos, both the conventional and wonderfully idiosyncratic poses, were taken by Martine Nevens.

Note: Originally posted Oct 12, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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 DrHGuy.com, 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 DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos From Leonard Cohen July 9, 2013 Lucca Soundcheck + (Possibly) Explanatory Captions

Leonard Cohen smiles in anticipation of Javier Mas performing backflips to one up the Webb Sisters’ acrobatics

2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck Photos

Photos by Szilvia Szanto. The captions, especially those pertaining to the backflips performed by Javier Mas, are entirely my own fault.

Leonard Cohen’s keyboard practicing going by itself

Javier Mas visualizing his impending backflips

Hattie Webb responds to Sharon Robinson switching to her Thrash metal playlist while Roscoe Beck belts out karaoke version of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline

Leonard Cohen hypnotizes Mitch Watkins

Charlie & Hattie (with the stylish hat) Webb, blissfully unaware that Javier will be raising the acrobatic bar.

Rafael Gayol rehearses looking casually handsome

Leonard Cohen, backup singers, and band watch enraptured as Javier Mas performs six consecutive backflips

Bedazzled by Javier Mas’s backflips, Alex Bublitchi momentarily forgets how to hold a violin

Joey Carenza gives instructions to guy carrying Leonard Cohen’s guitar

Guy eager to carry Leonard Cohen’s guitar

Guy taking Leonard Cohen’s guitar for a walk

Note: Originally posted July 9, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric