Listen To Leonard Cohen Show At The 2008 Big Chill Festival


Leonard Cohen | Live at the The Open Air Stage | The Big Chill Festival | Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom | 03 August 2008 | Audience Recording


1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. The Future
3. Ain’t No Cure For Love
4. Bird On The Wire
5. Everybody Knows
6. Who By Fire
7. Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
8. So Long Marianne
9.Tower Of Song
12.I’m Your Man
13.Closing Time
14.First We Take Manhattan


Video: Leonard Cohen’s Stunning Rendition Of Hallelujah – Sydney 2010

Now, I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Comment From Original 2010 Posting:

No one has the timbre, emotional layering, and depth that Leonard does in singing his own song. Several moments after he finishes, it’s as though he begins to slowly re-emerge back into our world, having been fully present and involved where the song resides. Thank you so much for posting this on your site, Allan.


Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Sydney Nov 8, 2010
Video by mgwfall

Note: Originally posted Nov 10, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Listen To “Best Glastonbury Performance Ever” – 2008 Leonard Cohen Glastonbury Show

skyLeonard Cohen’s June 28, 2008 Glastonbury show was ranked the “Best Glastonbury Performance Ever” by The Telegraph. Check out these posts about that concert:


Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Ain’t No Cure for Love
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
So Long, Marianne
Tower Of Song
I’m Your Man
Closing Time
First We Take Manhattan

Credit Due Department: Photo by wobblyturkey

“I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you” Leonard Cohen’s Profound Performance Of Hallelujah – Coachella 2009

“Just because I wasn’t there doesn’t mean I can’t remember it.”

That line, lifted from Horseman by Richard Russo, characterizes the feelings generated when I view this video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah at Coachella from from the Songs from the Road” DVD. When, for example, the youthful crowd shouts “Leonard, Leonard, Leonard, Leonard …” and then erupts following Leonard’s local reference, “I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you,” I’m not only in the desert with them but I’m about 25 years old.

The Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show was special for many reasons. Read about it at “Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009.

Other Coachella Posts:

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Coachella: April 17, 2009

“Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009

“We’d played festivals in the past, and I’m not crazy about the setup.”

Leonard Cohen in anticipation of Coachella

In Leonard Cohen’s February 20, 2009 interview with the LA Times, he voiced concern about his April 17, 2009 show at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival:

“We’d played festivals in the past, and I’m not crazy about the setup. You’re on a roster with a whole lot of other people. You don’t have the evening. I like to be in a room with people for three hours, have a beginning, middle and an end. We can’t do our whole set, it’s not our rhythm. But we have heard it’s a special hospitality there. We’ll play our best and look forward to it.”

In addition to the environment and the staging logistics listed by Cohen other potential hazards also loomed ominously.

Cohen would be trapped, for example, between the personification of pop music nostalgia, Paul McCartney, the headliner of the first night who would would be playing the evening’s grand finale, and the multitude of hip and trendy bands who were invited precisely because they were currently surfing on the waves of popularity. And, as can ascertained by the 2009 Coachella poster below, Leonard did not receive top billing.

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