Juxtaposed with the notice that Metallica will soon be performing at Acer Arena, The Leonard Cohen marquee is a dandy addition to Signs Of Leonard Cohen. Photo taken Nov 8, 2010 by J.S. Carenza III. Originally posted Nov 9, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Leonard Cohen Concert: Brisbane: Nov 6, 2010
The above photo was taken by J.S. Carenza III. Those below photos are by B4real (aka Bev) who posted them at LeonardCohenForum and shared them here as well.
Displayed In the photo directly above are the hind paws of what I am reliably informed is “a flying kangaroo singing Waltzing Matilda,” flung onto the stage by the aforementioned B4real (aka Bev).
The nifty location-specific lanyard IDs were created and distributed by dce.
Originally posted at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Leonard Cohen – Anthem Segue Into Introductions
Las Vegas: Dec 11, 2010
Video by albertnoonan
By the last concert of the 2008-2010 Tour, Leonard’s always generous introductions had expanded into graciously rendered CVs. Especially noteworthy is the final rendition of The Saga Of Rafael Gayol.
Originally posted Dec 14, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The Cohen Credibility Crisis
Introduction: Back in Jan 2009, after Leonard Cohen had performed shows in Canada and Europe and it was announced that the tour would come to the USA, this site took on the investigation of the rumors that Leonard was, at 74, running, skipping, and otherwise performing in a way belying his age and presumed infirmities.
The news that the Leonard Cohen Tour is coming to the US has precipitated a moral crisis for the 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric management.
While steadfast in my admiration of Mr Cohen, I cannot perpetuate the patently absurd premise that – now think about this – a 74 year old entertainer with a self-admitted history of significant tobacco, alcohol, and illicit pharmaceutical use allegedly maintained a tour schedule through 2008 that began with 22 concerts in 30 days and, then, after a 4 day break for travel, resumed on June 13th in Europe with 7 concerts in 8 days. Oh, and from September 21-November 30, Leonard Cohen supposedly performed 34 concerts in 28 cities across 15 countries.1
Sure he did
Nor are these purported concerts described as easy-going, ritualistic affairs, the purpose of which is no more than to allow fans to pay homage to a once-great entertainer. The newspaper reports portray an entirely different kind of event.
… Leonard Cohen surprised and delighted his audience at the BIC last night (Tuesday) by literally sprinting onto the stage and performing a three hour show. ((Cohen’s three-hour set masterpiece by Jeremy Miles. Daily Echo 12 November 2008))
Like a surreal gangster in double-breasted suit and trademark Fedora, Leonard Cohen skipped on to the stage to a deafening and reverential welcome at the Brighton Centre.2
After a seemingly endless string of encores (with Cohen skipping on and off stage between each) it’s obvious that Leonard Cohen has finally come to enjoy life and the songs that he has written that have touched so many.3
And it’s not just newspapers that are in on the scam. The animation below is from a Nett-TV News Clip, Oslo, Norway 2008.
Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Venice: August 3, 2009
Video by AintNoCureForLove
Does that look to you like a 74 year old guy who just gave a 3+ hour show?
I don’t think so.
Miracle Or Potemkin Performance?
Come on, now. Rigorous schedule? Three hour shows? Running? Skipping?
Give me a break
Clearly, Cohen’s management is attempting to hoodwink fans, but in doing so has clumsily concocted a scenario that is so far beyond the believable that – well, it’s unbelievable is what it is.
It is now necessary to ask the awkward question – What really makes Leonard Cohen run? Stay tuned to find out what the 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric investigative staff has uncovered.
Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by J..S. Carenza III.
Originally posted Jan 15, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. The original video and photo, which have disappeared, have been replaced with similar versions.
- Counting the UK as one country. [↩]
- Leonard Cohen at the Brighton Centre By Charlotte Taylor. Crawley Observer 22 December 2008 [↩]
- Friday 14/11/08 Leonard Cohen @ The O2 Arena, London by Jon Bye. Gigwise. November 19, 2008 [↩]
The Venue-Fedora Mismatch
The current Leonard Cohen USA Tour1 features certain venues where those in attendance may feel uncomfortable donning Leonard’s trademark fedora.
My most recent visit to the Rosemont Convention Center, for example, the location of the Chicago show next week, was to watch a minor league hockey game. My penultimate Rosemont visitation was as a guest of a colleague who insisted, erroneously as it turned out, I would “really get off” on the monster truck show held there.
Note: In fairness, not all venues on this leg of Leonard’s tour could be similarly characterized. The concert in Kansas City, a favorite stomping ground of my youth, home of Lord of Leisure and Hippie With Tiara, and, of course, the primary procurement site for crazy little women, will be held at the Midland, a recently reopened indoor theater, which strikes me as a fedora-friendly sort of place.
The Fedora-Alternative Solution
For those sites in which the distinctive Leonard Cohen chapeau can be stylishly and admiringly worn by no one other than Leonard Cohen himself, the Cohencentric New & Improved Leonard Cohen Merchandise Emporium2 offers the perfect solution to those who wish to both respect local sartorial mores yet simultaneously declare their allegiance to the Canadian singer, songwriter, and, of course, icon: The Leonard Cohen Fedora-alternative Truckers Cap.
Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by Mandy MacLeod. Monster truck photo by VIRIN: 090111-F-2907C-0330.JPG. Photo of Midland Theatre by Sharon Mollerus.
- Note; this entry was originally posted Oct 20, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric [↩]
- For information about and background of the Cohencentric Leonard Cohen USA Tour merchandising effort and other available Leonard Cohen souvenirs, see New & Improved Leonard Cohen Merchandise – The Heart With A Companion T-shirt and The Leonard Cohen Bobble Head [↩]
Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Katowice: Oct 4, 2010
Video from albertnoonan
It’s four in the morning, the end of December
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening
Javier Mas – Warm Up
Moscow: Oct 7, 2010
Video by AllDayShade