Leonard Cohen Video: Sharon Robinson Performs Alexandra Leaving – Brussels 2013

sharonAs someone long prepared for the occasion
In full command of every plan you wrecked
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect

Leonard Cohen, featuring Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Brussels: June 30, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted July 6, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“He started discovering this very textured & very present part of his voice that I don’t think he was using earlier in his career. And people loved it.” Sharon Robinson On The Last Leonard Cohen Tours

A must-read: Sharon Robinson Reflects on Touring With Leonard Cohen by Andy Greene (Rolling Stone: 12 July 2017)

Photo by Fleya de Ugalde

Videos: Comparing The Incomparable Sharon Robinson’s 2010 & 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Solos


Featuring Sharon Robinson

During the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour, Sharon Robinson won praise as the featured soloist on “Boogie Street.”  In 2012, her solo turn on “Alexandra Leaving” was a highlight of the Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Tour concerts.

Both “Boogie Street” and “Alexandra Leaving” were written by Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen in collaboration.  For more about Sharon Robinson’s career and, especially, her work with Leonard Cohen, see Why Leonard Cohen Calls Her “The Incomparable Sharon Robinson” and Sharon Robinson On Career Choice, Leonard Cohen, Ann-Margaret, Songwriting, Tour Surprises, … And My Dance Moves.

Today’s post offers a video of a great performance by Sharon Robinson of each of these songs,


Sharon Robinson – Boogie Street
Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Sept 3, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Olympia Music Hall, Paris
Sept 29, 2012
Video by albertnoonan

Credit Due Department: Both of the superb photos of Sharon Robinson appearing in this post were taken by Marc Roed at the Aug 26, 2012 Leonard Cohen Aalborg concert. Originally posted at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Born In Chains – Las Vegas 2010

I was born in chains but I was taken out of Egypt
I was bound to a burden, but the burden it was raised
Lord I can no longer keep this secret
Blessed is the name, the name be praised

Born In Chains – The 2010 Las Vegas Rendition

“Born In Chains” was first performed in concert by Leonard Cohen at the July 27, 2010 Salzburg, Austria show and immediately captured a wide following among Cohen fans. It underwent many changes in its lyrics and its arrangement through the final months of the Tour.

The version performed on Dec 11, 2010 in Las Vegas is notable for the prominent roles played by Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters.

Leonard Cohen – Born In Chains
Las Vegas – Dec 11, 2010

Video from albertnoonan


Credit Due Department: The photo of Leonard Cohen waving his hat to the audience is from Notes From The Road.  The photo of Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen is a screen capture from the featured video. Originally posted Aug 2, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear Sharon Robinson Talk About Working & Touring With Leonard Cohen And What She Learned From Him – 2014 BBC Interview

Sharon Robinson’s interview with the BBC for Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday. With James Coomarasamy, Philippe Sands and Claire Bolderson. Topics include

  • Popular Problems
  • Leonard singing in a lower register for Ten New Songs
  • How Jennifer Warnes recruited her for the Leonard Cohen Commander Cohen Tour
  • Her collaboration with Leonard
  • Leonard’s motivation for and rewards from the 2008-2013 tours
  • What she learned from Leonard

Video: Sharon Robinson’s Impeccable Performance Of Alexandra Leaving – 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent Concert

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Sharon Robinson inevitably performs Alexandra Leaving, a song she and Leonard Cohen co-wrote, with overwhelming intensity and power. In this solo effort at the August 14, 2012 Ghent show, she outdoes herself.

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Ghent – Aug 14, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: 2010 Helsinki Concert Video & Photos

The 2010 Helsinki Concert Photos

Maarten Massa’s photos of Leonard Cohen and, especially, the band members and backup singers from the August 10, 2010 Helsinki concert are among the best taken during the entire 2008-2010 tour. In addition to the shots displayed in this post, many other photos from the Helsinki show can be found at Leonard Cohen in Helsinki – Aug 10 2010: Part 1 and Part 2.

Video: Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You + Thank You To Jarkko

That the final song of the August 10, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert was “I Tried To Leave You” was hardly a surprise. Nor were the solo performances by the band members and backup singers unexpected.

Unique to the Helsinki show, however, were Leonard Cohen’s words of appreciation, following the completion of “I Tried To Leave You,” for the role Jarkko Arjatsalo and his website, LeonardCohenFiles.com, played in keeping Cohen’s songs alive when his “voice wasn’t heard very often in very many places.”

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Helsinki: Aug 10, 2010
Video from itriedtoleaveyou

Note: Originally posted July 5, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric