Video: Leonard Cohen Sings "The Future" On Later With Jools Holland – 1993


In support of The Future album (released November 24, 1992), Leonard Cohen appeared on a number of TV shows (see links to videos of the other programs at end of post) but his performance of “The Future” on the BBC”s Later With Jools Holland (taped on May 12, 1993 and first broadcast May 14, 1993) is distinctive and perhaps the best of the lot, benefiting from his tour musicians, especially backup singers Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla and Bob Metzger on guitar.


Leonard Cohen – The Future
Jools Holland Show: May 1993

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Note: Originally posted Dec 26, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Soundcheck Conga, Speaks On The Summoning Of Courage – Ghent 1993


Rarely Seen Video Of 19931 Leonard Cohen Rehearsal & Interview

The video featured in today’s post not only offers a little known Leonard Cohen interview and a candid look at a pre-concert soundcheck but also excellent specimens of Cohen’s own brand of shuck and jive as well as a few of his most notable dance moves. The occasion is the Leonard Cohen concert at the Hand In Hand Festival Voor Verdraagzaamheid on May 9, 1993 in Ghent.

3The Google translation of the blurb for the video follows:

09.05.1993 – Leonard Cohen was a guest at the “Hand in Hand” festival of tolerance in Flanders Expo. You can see pictures of the rehearsal before the show. Cohen is a good mood – he’s doing something that might pass for dancing, and put at one point even a conga with his background singers.

Video Highlights

  • Songs heard in the rehearsal portion of the video are “Bird On A Wire,” “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” and “The Future.”
  • The backup singers on the 1993 tour  were Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla.  The band musicians were Bob Metzger (yep, the same Bob Metzger who played in the 2008-2010 World Tour): guitar and steel pedal guitar, Jorge Calderón: bass, Bill Ginn: keyboards, Paul Ostermayer: keyboards, saxophone. Bob Furgo: violin, keyboards, Steve Meador: drums. 2
  • Adjustments are made to the stage lighting and sound throughout the session and are themselves worth a closer look. Note, for example, the guy working on the overhead lights.



  • The interview comprises, in approximately equal portions and all delivered with the same earnest demeanor, insightful thoughts on race relations that far surpass the typical cliches uttered by entertainers on such occasions  and preposterous responses to the scripted interview questions, e.g.,

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  1. This is the video of the soundcheck preceding the May 9, 1993 Leonard Cohen concert designated “Ghent, Belgium – Expo” in Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin, p 67. []
  2. Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin, p 71 []

Videos: Leonard Cohen Sung To, Danced With, Fondled By Perla Batalla & Julie Christensen On Swedish TV

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Leonard Cohen + Swedish TV = Fun

Today, Cohencentric offers two confection from Swedish TV. These videos feature Leonard Cohen, aided and abetted – as well as fondled – by Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, performing  “I’m Your Man” and “Tower Of Song” on the June 29/30,1988 edition of Jacob’s Backstage (Med Noje Pa Dalaro) Stockholm, Sweden. Both videos are set, for reasons never made apparent, against the backdrop of a pleasant lake, replete with pleasure boats and swimmers.

I’m Your Man

While the obligatory flirtatious adoration by Cohen’s back-up singers associated with the salaciously provocative “I’m Your Man” is the primary stage business going on in this video, at least two other small gems adorn this production.

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