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

Video: The Pleasure Of Leonard Cohen’s Company At The 2013 Lucca Soundcheck

49 Seconds Of Felicity

Less than a minute long, Szilvia Szanto’s video of the end of the 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca soundcheck includes

  • That great shot (atop this post) of a smiling music icon
  • Leonard Cohen telling the soundcheck viewers “Thanks for coming” and voicing  his hope that  he will see  them at the concert that night while a smiling Mitch Watkins watches on
  • A confirmed sighting of the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar for the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar

  • A brief leave-taking between Leonard Cohen & Roscoe Beck
  • Sharon Robinson (heard, not seen) beginning Alexandra Leaving, creating a downright eerie moment starting at 0:30 when she sings “God of love preparing to depart” as Leonard, well, prepares to depart.

“God of love preparing to depart”

What’s not to like?

July 9, 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck
Video by 30gallina72 (Szilvia Szanto)

Note: Originally posted Jul 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Doffs His Hat, Sharon Robinson Waves: 2008 Lucca Soundcheck Video

lsoundcThere is nothing extraordinary about this video of Leonard Cohen’s soundcheck before the 2008 Lucca show, but I always enjoy seeing the backup singers and the band in mufti (OK, I guess that technically, Leonard is in civilian clothes as well , but how do you tell his concert costume from his everyday outfit?), and I am taken by Leonard responding, in the midst of solving some issue with the sound system, to fans applauding the abruptly ended song by doffing his hat and smiling at the crowd — an event followed a moment later by Sharon flashing her own winsome smile and waving.  Consider my cockles warmed.

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Lucca Soundcheck: July 27, 2008
Video by Todd Rongstad

One More Special Photo From Jennifer Warnes: Leonard Cohen Soundcheck – Israel 1972

First LC tour-H.P. Schmid photo-2 2900In addition to the images featured in yesterday’s post, Singular Photos From Jennifer Warnes: Leonard Cohen Soundcheck – Israel 1972, we have received this shot of Jennifer Warnes & Donna Washburn as backup singers at the April 19, 1972 Leonard Cohen Tel Aviv soundcheck.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Sherry Suris

Note: Originally posted Oct 4, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Singular Photos From Jennifer Warnes: Leonard Cohen Soundcheck – Israel 1972

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Jennifer Warnes Contributes Rare Images

These singular photos1 from Jennifer Warnes’ private stash were taken by Sherry Suris at either the April 19, 1972 Leonard Cohen Tel Aviv soundcheck or the April 20, 1972 Jerusalem soundcheck.

Update: One More Special Photo From Jennifer Warnes: Leonard Cohen Soundcheck – Israel 1972

3-12Musicians: 1972 Leonard Cohen Tour

  • Leonard Cohen: Guitar, Vocals
  • Ron Cornelius: Guitar
  • Bob Johnston: Keyboards
  • Peter Marshall: Bass
  • David O’Connor Guitar
  • Jennifer Warnes: Vocals
  • Donna Washburn: Vocals

Source: Is This What You Wanted? by Jim Devlin

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2-1`2Credit Due Department: These photos are posted here exclusively through the generosity of Jennifer Warnes. Special thanks go to David Rubin, without whose assistance this posting would not have taken place.

Note: Originally posted Oct 3, 2013 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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A Portrait Of Leonard Cohen’s Stage Presence – At Soundcheck

This striking, gorgeous image depicting Leonard Cohen’s intensity at a routine pre-concert rehearsal goes far to explain the impact his performances had on audiences.

Credit Due Department: This photo, taken at soundcheck (either Dec 15 or 16, 2012) on the stage of the sumptuous Wang Theatre in Boston, is from Sharon Robinson’s Facebook page. Originally posted Dec 23, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric