Javier Mas First Learns Of Leonard Cohen’s Illness: “He [Leonard] did not think it was so serious… he even left the instruments in Los Angeles thinking we would go on tour again”

The first time that [Javier Mas] had news that the singer-songwriter was sick  was a telephone call from Leonard Cohen himself: “I have many pains, especially in my back. I find it hard to get up and I’m tired. I have gone to the doctor and they are giving me tests.” But he did not think it was so serious, and he even left the instruments in Los Angeles thinking we would go on tour again, as the author of “Chelsea Hotel # 2” told him. In his last year of life, while recording “You Want It Darker,”  [Mas] spoke with his son Adam, producer of the album. “My dad is not well,” he told me. It was then that I came to the idea that the situation was more serious than I thought.

From Javier Mas: «Hablé con Leonard Cohen 15 días antes de morir y me dijo que estaba animado» by Israel Viana (ABC: 07/11/2017) via Google Translate. Photo by Anders Ø. Gimse, Rock Photography. Thanks to Maria Viana, who alerted me to this article.

“[Leonard Cohen] took great care that all of us were happy. He always had time to listen to us and give us advice if we asked. I learned a lot with him.” Javier Mas

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I rarely saw him angry. He was a fair person, with a huge sense of humor and a very controlled ego for how big he was. He was aware of himself, but not too much. And he took great care that all of us were happy. He always had time to listen to us and give us advice if we asked. I learned a lot with himquotedown2

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From Javier Mas: «Hablé con Leonard Cohen 15 días antes de morir y me dijo que estaba animado» by Israel Viana (ABC: 07/11/2017). Via Google Translate. Thanks to Maria Viana, who alerted me to this article.

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

Striking Photos: 2013 Leonard Cohen London Concert

Shooting From The Front Row Of The O2

Eugene McLaughlin, who was responsible for remarkable photos from the Sept 14, 2012 Dublin Concert and the 2013 Birmingham Concert, now offers these high quality shots of the June 21, 2013 Leonard Cohen London show. These and more can be found at AwayTheLads.

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

Outstanding Photos: 2013 Leonard Cohen Perth Concert

These photos were taken by Adrian Thomson at the November 13, 2013 Leonard Cohen Perth concert. Among the many outstanding photos, the shot of the Webb Sisters exchanging confidences is especially fetching.

Update: More photos from this show can be found at Photos: November 13, 2013 Leonard Cohen Perth Concert.

Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 1

These photos were taken at the Sept 20, 2013 Leonard Cohen Concert by Maarten Massa. Also see Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 2. Even more shots taken by Maarten at this show can be found at his Facebook album: Final European concert of the Old Ideas World Tour 2013

Note: Originally posted 2Sept 27, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric