2013 Australian Tour Opens Today
Note: This entry was originally posted Nov 13, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. The references to the concert at Perth and the Australian Tour were contemporaneous when first published.
Today’s concert in Perth marks the beginning of Leonard Cohen’s last leg of what could well prove to be his final tour. To commemorate this occasion, I’ve collected some of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s thoughts on touring and concert performance.
A Cohen Concert Comment Compendium
The Italian Wedding Tour:
[Touring is] like an Italian wedding. You kind of know the bride and maybe you’ve met the groom once or twice, but you’ve never met anyone else that’s there. And everyone gets too drunk and eats too much. The morning after you don’t remember much about the wedding. As far as I can see this is my last tour. But the will is frail and I may fall back and it might take 10 more tours to finally quit, or this might be it.1
The Leonard Cohen Bullfighting Tour Metaphor:
Tours are like bullfighting. They are a test of character every night.2
The DrHGuy Corollary To The Bullfighting Tour Metaphor:
And you think being on the other side of the cape is easy?
It’s that way for matadors and singers. There’s that life-and-death moment with the audience out there and you’re so exposed.3
The Concert As Boxing Ring Or Ouija Board: