76 Year Old, Post-Back Injury Canadian Icon, Leonard Cohen, Sprints Onto Stage
Posting the above heading and photo, taken by J..S. Carenza III at Tui Arena in Hannover, Germany Sept 27, 2010, elicited two medical questions from fans.
1. What back injury?
In Feb 2010, Leonard Cohen, who was scheduled to perform a European tour in March, announced that as a result of a compression injury in his lower back he suffered while exercising, those shows would be delayed by six months while he underwent a four to six month course of physical therapy recommended by his physicians.
Cohen’s manager Robert Kory issued this statement:
Doctors have confirmed that Mr Cohen is otherwise in terrific shape, thanks to years of exercise and careful diet, and simply needs appropriate time to recover from the lower back injury.
At that point, Mr. Cohen has played 191 sold out shows around the world since his return to the stage in May 2008.
2. Where is Sharon Robinson?
Sharon Robinson is indeed absent from the photo. Flu symptoms and an ear infection caused her to miss the last concerts of the recently completed European leg of the Tour and, resulted in her early return home to recuperate. In Sept 2010, Sharon, who was MIA from the Caen, France concert, wrote me that
I’ve come down with the flu. I’m hoping to be back on stage very soon.
On September 25, 2010, J.S. Carenza posted
Morning in Paris. Seeing Sharon off to to the airport. Then back on the train to Lille for load-in. [emphasis min]
I asked Hattie Webb about dealing with Sharon’s absence. She wrote
There are some adjustments on the vocals, a shift of parts and arrangements. Focusing on keeping our two voices in close harmony in 3rds versus having spaces of fifths and sixths.
We miss Sharon every concert and look forward to being back together as a three for New Zealand.
On Sept 29, 2010, Sharon Robinson posted this on her Facebook page:
Many people have inquired about my absence from the concerts. Basically, a stubborn flu turned into an ear infection. Nothing terribly serious, but enough to cause me quite a bit of difficulty in doing the show. I was unable to resolve it on the road, so we thought it best that I take a break, get the proper care at home, and re-join the tour for the next leg.
My sincere thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern and sent their good wishes. I’m already feeling better and can’t wait to get back out there! See you in New Zealand!2
Then, on October 26, 2010, J..S. Carenza III posted this photo (I superimposed the yellow oval) showing Sharon Robinson returning to her place, alongside the Webb Sisters, backing up Leonard Cohen as the Unified Heart Touring Company prepares for the October 28 Auckland concert.
The caption follows:
Rehearsal day one and the band’s all here.
Leonard Cohen Back Injury References:
- Injured Leonard Cohen delays tour – ABC News: Feb 7, 2010
- Leonard Cohen Reschedules European Tour Due to Exercise Injury by Tom Breihan – Pitchfork: February 8, 2010
- Leonard Cohen delays Europe tour after back injury – Reuters: February 6, 2010