.. and nobody leaves a venue more elegantly.1
But there is more afoot.
Spot The Difference
No, this instance of “Spot The Difference” is not a new Highlights For Cohenites magazine feature. By comparing the above image, presumably taken after the August 22, 2012 Amsterdam concert, with the photo below, which was taken at the time of the December 2010 Las Vegas shows (when it was previously posted at Why Leonard Cohen Never Introduced This Guy), one can detect a subtle but nonetheless serious behavioral shift.
Someone else is schlepping Leonard Cohen’s guitar
The interpretation of this finding, however, is less certain. Did AEG spring for – or perhaps insist on – a guitar valet? Has Leonard Cohen become a self-confessed “lazy bastard. living in a suit?” Are those three men walking away in Amsterdam in reality members of a sophisticated Mission: Impossiblesque gang of guitar thieves? Does Mr Cohen think that embarking, one month before his 78th birthday, on a world tour featuring four hour concerts entitles him to ask us to cut him one more slack? Is the guy in the hat in the Amsterdam photo actually a Cohen impostor, a decoy employed for security purposes …?
Credit Due Department: The Amsterdam photo is from Notes From The Road & taken by J.S. Carenza III. The Las Vegas shot is by Mandy MacLeod.
- OK, since the original caption was only “Leonard walking,” I don’t know he’s leaving the building, but it looks like it’s nighttime, and he has his guitar, so … . Besides, “Leonard Cohen Has Left Or Is Entering The Building Or Just Walking Somewhere” doesn’t make for a snappy, attention-grabbing headline. [↩]