Video: Leonard Cohen, Perla Batalla, & Julie Christensen Perform Closing Time – 1993 Juno Awards

With Celine Dion & Rebecca De Mornay In Support

On March 21, 1993, Celine Dion hosted the Juno Awards ceremony in Toronto. The first guest performer she introduced was “passionate Montrealer and voice of experience, Leonard Cohen.”

The ensuing performance of Closing Time, featuring Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen as backup singers, offers all the elements that make award ceremony performances – well, let’s go with “special.” There’s a modern dance version of saloon cavorting, a stylized bar, lots-o-lights, and more.

Oh, and Julie Christensen appears to be sporting a hummingbird and handcuffs icon from The Future album.

What more could you want?

Well, how about a glimpse or two of Rebecca De Mornay among the dancers (the first instance is at 1:40)?

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Toronto – Juno Awards: March 21, 1993,

Credit Due Department: Thanks to CHEMO of Barcelona, who alerted me to this video.

Leonard Cohen Fluffs, Then, “Like Any Real Man,” Restarts Closing Time – Victoria 2013


At March 6, 2013 Victoria Concert, Leonard Cohen Is Funny, Bawdy, And – When He Errs – Gracious

The first set passed much like the previous young days of this tour and the second set is where the laughs begin. As per the congregation in Oakland, Victorians shower the master pianist with praise for his tinkerings in Tower of Song. The response from a stunned Leonard: ‘Are you humouring me? Taking advantage of an older chap?’ Anyhow is ‘got’ here in Victoria; the bawdy number fosters wolf-whistles and hoots from the islanders who also revelled in the lines from I’m Your Man: ‘If you want a doctor, I’ll examine every precious inch of you.’ It’s likely each one of us in the venue was stunned at the rarest of occurrences, the full-on stop of Closing Time; early in the song, Leonard seemed to fluff the lyrics and like any real man who takes his medicine, halted proceedings; from the top and with a grin the song was restarted to a flawless finish with I Tried to Leave You.

From Mar 6: Victoria, Show Day by Leif Bodnarchuk. Posted March 7, 2013 at No Ideas.

This was not the first time Leonard Cohen re-started a song in concert. See Leonard Cohen Restarts Song Twice In Concert So It’s “Sung Right” – Glasgow 1972 & Louisville 2013

Originally posted March 7, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Sights & Sounds Of The 2010 Leonard Cohen Ghent Concerts

Leonard Cohen Gets Together With Friends In Ghent, Belgium – August 2010

The 2010 Leonard Cohen Ghent concerts blessed us with a deluge of superior videos. Simultaneously,  outstanding photos of the venue (and the nifty 2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees jacket displayed in the middle of this post) by Hans Kloss surfaced to serve as the perfect complement to the videos.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Ghent: Aug 22, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Boogie Street
Ghent: Aug 22, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
Ghent: Aug 21, 2010
Video from bridgebud

Note: Originally posted Aug 25, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day: End Of 2012 Montreal Concert Compilation


This video is an honorary member of , the informal Cohencentric series based on the  realization that some Leonard Cohen concert photos taken from the cheap seats more than compensate for the lack of closeup shots with intriguing angles and perspectives hidden to those photographing the show from directly in front of the stage. In this case, however. the obstacle is not bad seats but the video police. The videographer, cohenadmirer1, explains

I was told not to film but got some rough video towards the end of the concert.  Here it is. Includes Going Home … First We Take Manhattan…Closing Time …. I Tried To Leave You.

The result is a video salmagundi of action taking place in the audience as well as on the stage and telescreens with abrupt visual and audio cuts, distorted views, jumbled images, … Featured alongside the performances are such delights as an audience member intently videotaping the show while singing along, drummer Rafael Bernardo Gayol blowing a kiss and not blowing the drumstick toss and catch, closeup guitar picking, and – yep – much more. (See the gallery of screenshots below)

And, it’s great, capturing the excitement, tension, joyfulness, and ambivalence that mark the end of a Leonard Cohen concert.

Leonard Cohen In Concert
Montreal: Nov 29, 2012
Video by cohenadmirer1

Note: Originally posted Feb 16, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric