A discussion on Facebook led me to comment I have a few special photos of Leonard at the beginning of the concerts. The following six I think are my best ones from these moments. It isn’t always possible to get good photos at this stage because fans can be clapping wildly over their heads so I feel blessed I was able to get these photos which I think tell a special story of the connection between Leonard and the audience on a given night.
Kilmainham September 14th 2012. (This was the day after I bought this camera with the sole purpose of being able to get better photos of Leonard in concert!)
Sometimes when plans change it really does work out for the best! On Monday July 1st, when exiting a metro station in Brussels I spotted a Burger Restaurant and even though we had planned on eating later I suggested we go in. Having got our food and sat down to eat I was looking out the window when I saw a woman and thought to myself she looks very like Leonard’s PA. Next minute I saw Leonard and said to Mandy “Leonard is outside”. She looked at me in disbelief asking was I sure. I said of course I am and she looked out and saw him too. As he was eating we went outside and waited for him to finish and get up as never would we dare to approach in a moment like that. When he did stand up he walked in our direction and was very pleased to see us. He thanked us for coming and we spoke for a few minutes. We didn’t think it was an appropriate place to ask for autographs but did ask for photos. I’d already put my camera on continuous shooting so that one click would take a few images. Leonard was as always very gracious and it was great chatting to him about my favourite moments from the concert the night before. I told him how I especially loved hearing A Thousand Kisses Deep as he normally doesn’t perform that in Non-English speaking countries. Leonard replied that was true but he just felt like doing it the previous night. I also mentioned loving hearing Sisters Of Mercy and Heart With No Companion and of course Hallelujah as always. Mandy also spoke to Leonard of her favourite moments. Never in a million years could we have planned for a moment like this and it made for a wonderful weekend highlight and a perfect birthday weekend. Here are the photos Mandy kindly took for me and a couple I took myself when we spotted Leonard.
While counting down the days to Brussels and seeing Leonard live again I’ve been editing a couple of photos to pass the time. Top photo edited using Paint.net and the bottom two using an on-line editor called Photogramio.
Giving Leonard Roses, Thanks James Nolan for the original photo.
So Long Las Vegas. Taken the morning after the final concert of the 2010 World Tour.
And then this morning while feeling depressed knowing loads of friends are going to the concert in London I instantly cheered up with these pendants arrived all the way from Toronto. Thanks to my friend Judy for the wonderful gift. My photos here don’t do them justice as they look great.
2 gorgeous pendants of me meeting Leonard in Ghent and Dublin. Bottom image is what the backs on both look like.
We were so happy when Charley, Hattie and Sharon came to the fan meetup after the 1st concert. Here I am pictured with Charley and Hattie. I was very honoured that the ladies remembered me from when we met before.
First time to meet Sharon but she is an absolute lady
A second photo of me with Sharon but I like both so sharing both!
With Neil Larsen. I made sure to tell him I love his solo in Hallelujah, my favourite song.
With Javier Mas. I told him I love his solos and especially Who By Fire. We were very pleased to later this day see Javier on stage with Adam.
Roscoe signing a photo for me 🙂
Roscoe and Me. Such a gentleman and even the following day when we saw him in the distance and not wanting to disturb him when I passed close by he came over to me and gave me a big hug 🙂
With Mitch Watkins, a new to member of the band (to me as he played with Leonard many years ago).
When Roscoe saw my “Keep Calm and Cohen On” badges he wanted to know where I got them. He was very impressed when he heard I designed them from the poster by Joey so I gave him one which he immediately put on 🙂
Mitch putting on a badge too 🙂
Recognition 🙂 Meeting Adam at the meet and greet after his concert in Brussels 🙂
Adam, remembering me from Dublin and knowing I love photography asked were we getting a pose photo to which I replied of course 🙂
Lightening strikes twice! After meeting Leonard in Las Vegas and it been the best moment of my life I hardly thought it possible it would happen again. However the new best moment of my life is walking towards Leonard and seeing the recognition and smile on his face. Thank you Leonard for everything.
Showing Leonard a photo I took of him on the last tour in Katowice, my favourite photo I have ever taken.
If someone could read my mind at that moment I was thinking something along the lines of “Is this really happening”?
The instant I laid eyes on Joey’s Keep Calm sign I knew straight away it would be perfect on a t-shirt so set about that same day making a file whereby I could print it on the t-shirt but rather have a block image I wanted the image only to be the letters and the unified heart. As I don’t have photoshop this took hours but it was worth it when everyone loved the t-shirts and the badges I made. I had given Charley Webb one for Leonard but never thought to mention it to him so I was very pleased when Joey told me Leonard loved it and also very honoured when Joey took this photo and others of Mandy and I in our t-shirts and when he published a photo on the Camp Cohen website! Thanks Joey!
With Leonard’s manager Robert Kory after the 2nd Ghent concert. The end of an amazing few days.
Thank you Leonard and co for the wonderful memories of Ghent 😉 Some of my friends will know why I use these words 🙂
Photos 1-15 were taken by my wonderful friend Mandy MacLeod. Thanks so much Mandy, I deeply appreciate you capturing these moments for me.
Photo 16 was taken by J.S Carenza III aka the webmaster of Camp Cohen and Leonard Cohen’s road manager. Thank you Joey.
Photo 17 was taken by Ine Mensink-Jenniskens. Thank you Ine.
When it was announced that Adam Cohen would be playing in concert in Brussels on August 13th on the free day for us between his father Leonard Cohen’s concerts that we were attending in Ghent we couldn’t resist the chance to be there as it was only an hour on the train between the two cities. Cohen was playing as part of the Brussels Summer Festival in a tent called Magic Mirrors.
After arriving good and early so I would be at the front everyone was sitting relaxing when Cohen and his two band members Michael Chaves and Mai Bloomfield came on stage. I was very surprised when everyone remained sitting and initially that annoyed me as sitting on the floor isn’t very comfortable for me. However after a while I came to enjoy this as it added a very intimate feel to the concert and I was pleased to see Cohen had attracted a decent crowd as the act before his hadn’t!
Cohen was on stage for an hour and we got to hear songs from his album Like A Man including Lie Alone, Sweet Dominique and Beautiful which he wrote for his son. I hadn’t listened to this album in a while so it was like revisiting an old friend and I really enjoyed it.
For anyone who had been at his father’s concert the previous night there were two very special treats awaiting us. After the first song Cohen asked us would we prefer he spoke in English or French and when there seemed to be an equal number if shouts he decided to speak in French so I didn’t really understand what he was saying when he mentioned his father but when I heard him say the words Mike Scoble I was delighted as he is both Cohen’s tour managers and the previous night he had joined Leonard Cohen on stage for Darkness where he played harmonica. This time he joined Adam Cohen, again on harmonica but this time to perform Leonard Cohen’s song Tower Of Song. As a rule I am not a fan of people singing Leonard’s songs, however for Adam I make an exception as I love him as a singer too and feel that he gets how his father’s songs should be treated!
As special as this moment was it was nothing to what our next treat was. Again Cohen was speaking French but when I heard the words Javier Mas I could hardly contain my excitement. Mas is a full time member of Leonard Cohen’s band and is the master of stringed instruments and is famous in concert at playing amazing solos especially during Who By Fire. He joined Adam Cohen on stage to perform another of his father’s songs and indeed one of my favourites, So Long Marianne. It sounded amazing and watching from such a close location was a very special moment for me. I had spoken to Javier Mas earlier in the day and that added to the magic of the moment.
These moments and once again seeing Adam Cohen in concert made for a memorable evening which was topped off after with as he often does a meet and greet with anyone who wished to speak with him. I was very touched when he remembered me from our last meeting. I also spoke briefly to Michael Chaves, a gentleman. It always impresses me how the Cohen’s musicians and crews are as amazing as they are. The whole evening was very enjoyable and we left Brussels to go back to Ghent with great memories to take with us.