Photos From Leonard Cohen July 9, 2013 Lucca Soundcheck + (Possibly) Explanatory Captions

Leonard Cohen smiles in anticipation of Javier Mas performing backflips to one up the Webb Sisters’ acrobatics

2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck Photos

Photos by Szilvia Szanto. The captions, especially those pertaining to the backflips performed by Javier Mas, are entirely my own fault.

Leonard Cohen’s keyboard practicing going by itself

Javier Mas visualizing his impending backflips

Hattie Webb responds to Sharon Robinson switching to her Thrash metal playlist while Roscoe Beck belts out karaoke version of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline

Leonard Cohen hypnotizes Mitch Watkins

Charlie & Hattie (with the stylish hat) Webb, blissfully unaware that Javier will be raising the acrobatic bar.

Rafael Gayol rehearses looking casually handsome

Leonard Cohen, backup singers, and band watch enraptured as Javier Mas performs six consecutive backflips

Bedazzled by Javier Mas’s backflips, Alex Bublitchi momentarily forgets how to hold a violin

Joey Carenza gives instructions to guy carrying Leonard Cohen’s guitar

Guy eager to carry Leonard Cohen’s guitar

Guy taking Leonard Cohen’s guitar for a walk

Note: Originally posted July 9, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Striking Photos: 2013 Leonard Cohen London Concert

Shooting From The Front Row Of The O2

Eugene McLaughlin, who was responsible for remarkable photos from the Sept 14, 2012 Dublin Concert and the 2013 Birmingham Concert, now offers these high quality shots of the June 21, 2013 Leonard Cohen London show. These and more can be found at AwayTheLads.

Note: Originally posted Jul 1, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Variations In Leonard Cohen’s 2012 Performances Of Darkness


With Tour Manager Mike Scoble On Harmonica

In searching for information bout Mike Scoble stepping in to play harmonica on performances of Darkness on the 2012 tour, I happened upon this composite video put together by alanm5049 to illustrate the variations in the live versions of that song.

The YouTube description follows:

The) Darkness was initially presented in concert in Nashville in 2009 and has been performed many times since. It is included on the “Old Ideas” album, performed by the touring band. In 2012 there were changes in band personnel resulting in different arrangements for the song. Tour Manager Mike Scoble plays harmonica, and in the first concert of the tour (Ghent) Cohen appears surprised to hear and see him. The instrumental solos between the second and third verses have been altered appreciably over time. Even the guitar playing of Mitch Watkins varies considerably between the early concerts and the later ones in 2012. Initially Leonard Cohen played guitar, but late in the North American leg of the tour, he just sang with a hand-held microphone. Also in the last few concerts Rafael Gayol was featured in a drum solo while LC chanted to him. This is a mix of several videos posted by others, to whom I am very grateful, namely – opaglabijn1 (Ghent 12/8/12), Albert Noonan (Helsinki 2/9/12 & Boston 16/12/12), Arlene Dick (Portland 8/12/10) & leonardcohenvideo (Montreal 28/11/12).

Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 1

These photos were taken at the Sept 20, 2013 Leonard Cohen Concert by Maarten Massa. Also see Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 2. Even more shots taken by Maarten at this show can be found at his Facebook album: Final European concert of the Old Ideas World Tour 2013

Note: Originally posted 2Sept 27, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric