Leonard Cohen Plays Radio City Music Hall – 2009

I get off on marquee shots such as the one atop this post. That the marquee is for a Leonard Cohen concert and is attached to a landmark like Radio City Music Hall is just that much better. The photos of Leonard in performance are a nice bonus. The shows took place May 16 & 17, 2009,

Credit Due Department: The good folks at Madison Square Garden have given permission to publish these photos, all of which were taken by Chad Batka.

Originally posted May 22, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2010 St Margareth Concert Posters


Posters for September 5, 2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour Concert at Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland, Austria, Römersteinbruch. This outstanding selection of photos shot and shared by Szilivia Szanto aka gallina.

Originally posted January 26, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Energetic Performance Of Closing Time – Ghent 2010


Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Gent: Aug 22, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Credit Due Department: The shot atop this post was taken by Eija Arjatsalo at LeonardCohenForum. Originally posted Jan 13, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Outstanding Photos: Leonard Cohen Nov 20, 2010 Hanging Rock Concert

Thanks so much friends, Thanks for inviting us to this sacred place. It’s a great honor. I promise we’ll give you everything we got tonight.

Leonard Cohen
Hanging Rock, Nov 20, 2010

The above photo of Leonard Cohen, bedecked in a coat, scarf, signature fedora, and sunglasses) and standing behind his trusty keyboard, at the November 20, 2010 Hanging Rock, Australia concert is one of those shots that epitomize a particular performance. In the midst of a cold evening in the isolated, eerie volcanic formation that was the setting for the show, Cohen honored the promise he made at the beginning of the concert: “We’ll give you everything we got tonight.”

The photo below offers a view of both Roscoe Beck (on bass and under beret) and the impeccable but all too often invisible Neil Larsen (playing keyboards and wearing scarf) equipped with stylish shades. Both of these photos1 are by Hazel Anthony, Australia (please do not repost without photographer’s permission).

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Photos Capture Spirit Of Leonard Cohen Hanging Rock Show

This gallery of photos2 are by DeanAdelaide, who has many more shots of the Hanging Rock Concert and other Cohen shows performed in Australia and New Zealand in his photostream.

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  1. Originally posted Apr 15, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric []
  2. Originally posted Nov 21, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric []

Extraordinary Photo Gallery: Leonard Cohen 2010 Hanging Rock Concert


2010 Leonard Cohen Hanging Rock Concert – Great Music, Great Audience, Great Photos By J.S. Carenza III

There were a few hassles. From audience reports, however, the long, slow trek to the site and the plummeting temperatures after sunset were a small price to pay for the privilege of attending the November 20, 2010 Hanging Rock show. And these images are a striking representation.

Update: Also see Outstanding Photos: Leonard Cohen Nov 20, 2010 Hanging Rock Concert

We wanted him to leave but he wouldn’t get in the car. Another encore.

The trailer/tent city that comprises the backstage area is a fully functional and mobile command centre.

Javier Mas and Dino Soldo share a couch and try to stay warm as the sun goes down outside.

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Victorious In Victoria – Leonard Cohen’s 2010 Triumphant Return To Canada

Some Events Apparently Are A Victory March

Leonard Cohen opened the final North American leg of his World Tour in Victoria last night (Nov 30, 2010). It was – yawn – another five star performance. Documentation of that rating and other impressions of  the concert can be found in the local paper of record, the Victoria Times Colonist, under the rather lengthy but informative title, Leonard Cohen performed for Victoria Tuesday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Reviewer Mike Devlin gave the show five stars (out of five) [Update: Title has since been changed to the more concise “Full Leonard Cohen review: He sings to serve”]. The first lines are representative:

Where does it come from? Where does Leonard Cohen get his vigor, stamina, discipline and élan vital? Leonard Cohen literally bounded on stage Tuesday night, looking for more agile — and sounding considerably younger — than your average 76-year-old.

He would prove to be to be even more impressive, in all manner of areas, as the night progressed. Over the course of his truly awe-inspiring three-hour concert, Cohen could do no wrong. In any way, shape or form.

He was met with a standing ovation after stepping on stage at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, which he readily accepted. Forget that the gesture has probably been expressed at nearly every one of his 240 comeback concerts during the past two-and-a-half years. Cohen was genuinely gracious in accepting such a gift.

“Looking … agile,” “sounding considerably younger,” “impressive,” “awe-inspiring,” … you’ve heard it all before.

Early reports from fans are even more rapturous. No videos have yet surfaced – which leads to a brief commentary about video recordings taken by audience members.

Update: Videos from the Victoria show did turn up later:

YouTube Video Is The Leonard Cohen World Tour’s Friend – And Maybe Its BFF

While videotaping  performances such as Leonard Cohen concerts from the audience has been criticized as distracting to others attending the show and the final products damned as inferior in quality as well as potential violations of copyright, one can make an impressive case that, aside from being present for the concert itself, nothing that rivals the excitement and gratification of viewing a competently recorded video within hours of  the live performance, which may have taken place thousands of miles away from the viewer.1

In fact, many of those who have attended a Leonard Cohen concert admit to eagerly logging  in the next morning in hopes of again watching a performance they saw live the night before.

Further, I would contend that, lacking a hyper-detailed first hand account, there is little to rival a video’s capacity to individualize a performance. The eight still photos from the Victoria Times Colonist article [Update: Only two photos now remain], for example are of professional quality, well framed, well lit, distortion free, … and, unless one has an encyclopedic knowledge of stage curtains and overhead lights, indistinguishable from photos of Cohen’s performances in Moscow, Chicago, and 90% of the Tour’s other indoor venues.

One can, indeed, make the argument that nothing, other than the shift in the economics of the music system, has had more impact on pop concerts than widely and easily accessible videos of the shows.

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

Originally posted Dec 1, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. One headline format that reliably draws large numbers of viewers to this site is “First Video From ____ Leonard Cohen Concert Now Online.” []