Hear Complete Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show

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:

 

Setlist

01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 The Future
03 Ain’t No Cure For love
04 Bird On The Wire
05 Everybody Knows
06 Who by Fire
07 First We Take Manhattan
08 Hallelujah
09 I’m your Man
10 Democracy

Video: 2009 Leonard Cohen Barcelona Blessings “May your life be sweet as apples dipped in honey”

At the Sept 21 2009 Barcelona show, Leonard Cohen incorporated a reference to the Rosh Hashanah custom of eating a slice of apple dipped in honey to express hopes that the upcoming year will be sweet and fruitful. An enlightening exposition of the origins and meaning of this Rosh Hashanah tradition can be found at Aish.com.

Leonard Cohen – Blessings
Barcelona: Sept 21 2009
Video by TallMan3rdRow

 

Also see Leonard Cohen’s Priestly Blessing – Belfast 2009

Note: Originally posted Oct 1, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Priestly Blessing – Belfast 2009

The Priestly Blessing

Leonard Cohen’s final blessings were an integral part of his 2008-2013 shows. The best known of these, the Priestly Blessing, was a highlight of his historical Sept 24, 2009 Tel Aviv, Israel concert. (For another special Cohen blessing, see Video: 2009 Leonard Cohen Barcelona Blessings “May your life be sweet as apples dipped in honey”)

As this post, originally published July 28, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com,1 a predecessor of Cohencentric, indicates, however, the Tel Aviv show was not the only – or even the first – time Leonard invoked the Priestly Blessing. The Tel Aviv Blessing was more dramatic with the formal “lifting of the hands” and Leonard Cohen’s recitation of the Blessing in Hebrew. More information about the history of the Priestly Blessing and its manifestation at the Tel Aviv show an be found at The Legacy Of Leonard Cohen’s 2009 Tel Aviv Priestly Blessing With Video Of The Event.

Leonard Cohen’s blessings, his final address to the audience at the July 26, 2009 Belfast concert, varied from the benedictions he has used at most of his performances, including  his most recent shows in Dublin a few days earlier.

The Belfast blessings were taken from The Priestly Blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26, the prayer to be used by Aaron and his sons for the blessing of the children of Israel. Many synagogues continue to use this prayer in their services. In Protestant churches, it has come to be known as The Benediction and often closes church services as a blessing upon the congregation. It is similarly used at weddings as a blessing upon the bride and groom.

The King James version follows:

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Leonard Cohen – Blessings
Belfast: July 28, 2009

 

For comparison, the blessings from the Aug 4, 2009 Lisbon concert, which reflect Cohen’s most frequently used comments,2 are offered in the video below.

Leonard Cohen – Blessings
Lisbon: Aug 4, 2009

 

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  1. Note the final video has been updated because the video used in the original post is no longer available []
  2. Cohen’s blessings are rarely identical but typically take the form of permutations consisting of 2 or 3 comments drawn from 4 or 5 possibilities. []

Listen To Dec 10, 2010 Caesars Palace Leonard Cohen Show

Note: While the YouTube description indicates this concert is “The End of the World Tour,” this bootleg is from the Dec 10, 2010 show; Leonard Cohen’s final 2010 Tour appearance was the Dec 11, 2010 concert.

Leonard Cohen – Live at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Dec 10, 2010

 

Setlist

01. [06:28.12] Dance Me to the End of Love
02. [07:34.52] The Future
03. [04:16.73] Ain’t No Cure for Love
04. [06:59.34] Bird on the Wire
05. [05:35.65] Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson)
06. [05:04.44] In My Secret Life (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson)
07. [09:49.02] Who by Fire
08. [06:17.37] Darkness
09. [06:57.05] Democracy
10. [04:35.06] Chelsea Hotel #2
11. [10:36.22] Waiting for the Miracle (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson)
12. [14:00.16] Anthem
13. [06:55.22] Tower of Song
14. [04:10.29] Suzanne
15. [03:25.49] A Singer Must Die
16. [05:00.21] Sisters of Mercy
17. [06:33.74] The Gypsy’s Wife
18. [05:26.66] The Partisan (Anna Marly/Emmanuel d’Astier de la Vigerie/Hy Zaret)
19. [06:24.55] Boogie Street (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson)
20. [07:22.45] Hallelujah
21. [05:51.51] I’m Your Man
22. [03:33.40] A Thousand Kisses Deep (poem)
23. [08:52.04] Take This Waltz (Leonard Cohen after Federico Garcia Lorca)

Encore #1:
24. [04:42.39] So Long, Marianne
25. [07:19.47] First We Take Manhattan

Encore #2:
26. [05:47.20] Famous Blue Raincoat
27. [05:04.47] If It Be Your Will
28. [07:08.56] Closing Time

Encore #3:
29. [10:25.17] I Tried to Leave You

Credit Due Department: Photo by J.S. Carenza III

Listen To Leonard Cohen Live At Edinburgh Castle – July 16. 2008

 

“Sounds like an excellent audience recording to me. No chit-chat, no noisy applause, very good balance between Leonard’s voice and the music,… I like it! “

Jo Meul

Setlist

01. [06:18.68] Dance Me to the End of Love
02. [07:01.72] The Future
03. [05:05.13] Ain’t No Cure for Love
04. [06:27.32] Bird on the Wire
05. [05:46.23] Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson)
06. [05:12.45] In My Secret Life (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson)
07. [06:33.63] Who by Fire
08. [04:23.42] Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
09. [10:46.65] Anthem
10. [07:13.25] Tower of Song
11. [04:13.25] Suzanne
12. [06:47.13] Boogie Street (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson)
13. [07:33.20] Hallelujah
14. [06:41.30] Democracy
15. [05:50.19] I’m Your Man
16. [03:28.43] A Thousand Kisses Deep (poem)
17. [09:03.13] Take This Waltz (Leonard Cohen after Federico Garcia Lorca)

Encores:
18. [05:32.55] So Long, Marianne
19. [06:38.71] First We Take Manhattan
20. [05:43.24] Sisters of Mercy
21. [05:31.48] If It Be Your Will
22. [07:14.52] Closing Time

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs A Singer Must Die – Sydney 2010

“Singer Must Die” Surprises, Delights Leonard Cohen Fans

And all the ladies go moist, and the judge has no choice,
a singer must die for the lie in his voice.

I had complained about  “the sparsity of videos from the Leonard Cohen World Tour posted on YouTube since the New Zealand-Australia leg began,” but catching this rarity on video compensates for a lot.

Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die
Sydney: Nov 9, 2010
Video from esquared11

Note: Originally posted Nov 10, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric