The Guy Who Carries Leonard Cohen’s Guitar & Does His Chores Has A Birthday

On Dec 20, 2010, (Cohencentric’s predecessor) posted The Guy Leonard Cohen Never Introduced, an expose of Leonard Cohen’s failure to acknowledge the services of the guy who carries his guitar:

Now, Leonard Cohen certainly has the right to emulate his fellow rock stars and professional entertainers who, once they achieve fame and fortune, dump their menial but necessary chores – such as carrying a singer’s guitar or a cleanup hitter’s bat from location to location – onto underlings who have no other occupational options. Further, this elderly gentleman, who appears to be in his mid 70s, might have been thankful for the work, perhaps having suffered some kind of fiscal reversal that compelled him to take a position as an unskilled laborer when he should have been playing with his grandchildren or going on a spiritual retreat.

But shouldn’t he at least have been treated with respect? In various concerts and in interviews over the course of the past three years, Cohen lavishly thanked his band members, his backup singers, those who prepared food for the troupe, those who arranged transportation, those responsible for setting up and taking down the equipment, the lighting director, the person who cared for the fedoras, and many others involved in the success of the Tour.

Not once, however, did he publicly recognize, let alone commend the impeccably reliable service of this individual (as far as I can determine, Cohen has never found himself sans guitar when he stepped up to play “The Darkness” or “Feels So Good”), a man who uncomplainingly carried out his demeaning job in the service of the Tour and always managed to keep himself clean and decently groomed.

Since then, many more photos of  have appeared.

This photo by Szilvia Szanto, for example, clearly captures Joey Carenza give instructions to the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar.

Heck, the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar even appears on his own t-shirt.  Photo by Judy Green.

And recently, we’ve discovered that guitar-carrying is by no means the only task that falls to this guy (or guys – it’s difficult to discern whether all of these jobs fall to the same guy or there is a retinue of these guys who resemble one another). For example, there’s

The Guy Who Takes Care Of Leonard Cohen’s Car
Photo by Lorca Cohen

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Brian Fogh’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen – And The Guy Who Carries Leonard’s Guitar

Brian Fogh writes:

The one with Cohen streetwalking is from a concert in Odense in Denmark where I met him earlier the same day. When he left his bus he arrived in he stood and waited on the sidewalk so people could go on … he didn’t wanted anyone to stop for him. Such a gentleman.

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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

The Guy Who Carries Leonard Cohen’s Guitar Is On A T-Shirt

Yep, the guy who totes Leonard Cohen’s guitar, the one Unified Heart Touring Company member Leonard Cohen never introduces, now has his own t-shirt.  And, it’s no surprise that it was Judy Green, who took that photo. Originally posted June 6, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: The Pleasure Of Leonard Cohen’s Company At The 2013 Lucca Soundcheck

49 Seconds Of Felicity

Less than a minute long, Szilvia Szanto’s video of the end of the 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca soundcheck includes

  • That great shot (atop this post) of a smiling music icon
  • Leonard Cohen telling the soundcheck viewers “Thanks for coming” and voicing  his hope that  he will see  them at the concert that night while a smiling Mitch Watkins watches on
  • A confirmed sighting of the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar for the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar

  • A brief leave-taking between Leonard Cohen & Roscoe Beck
  • Sharon Robinson (heard, not seen) beginning Alexandra Leaving, creating a downright eerie moment starting at 0:30 when she sings “God of love preparing to depart” as Leonard, well, prepares to depart.

“God of love preparing to depart”

What’s not to like?

July 9, 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck
Video by 30gallina72 (Szilvia Szanto)

Note: Originally posted Jul 16, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photo: Now That Guy Who Carries Leonard Cohen’s Guitar Is Signing Autographs For Him – Lodz 2013

For more about the guys who take care of Leonard Cohen’s more mundane chores, see . Photo by J.S. Carenza III. Originally posted July 18, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric