Video: KD Lang Sings Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Opening Of 2010 Vancouver Olympics

2010 – Vancouver Vancouver’s opening ceremony was perfectly Canadian and tasteful, transforming the stage into a massive ocean of cracking ice caps and graceful whales. It also featured a performance from a fiddler and K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which got the audience swooning, if not with their jaws on the floor.

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by Brian Welk (The Wrap: Feb 8, 2018)


Leonard Cohen Asked To Perform At Opening Of Vancouver Olympics – Deferred To KD Lang

Leonard Cohen’s son says his famous dad was asked to perform at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Games but didn’t see the need because k.d. lang was going to be there. Adam Cohen says he and his family are big fans of lang, who sang Leonard Cohen’s hugely popular “Hallelujah” at the ceremonies Friday night.

He asks what more do you need when you have k.d. lang.

From Canadian Press

Leonard Cohen and Anjani On K.D. Lang’s Performance Of Hallelujah – 4 Years Before The Vancouver Olympics

As many readers know, the Vancouver Olympics was not the first time Cohen has offered a highly positive assessment of KD Lang’s cover of Hallelujah. In an interview with Wears the Trousers magazine, Anjani Thomas reported that she and Leonard Cohen were both extraordinarily impressed with Lang’s interpretation of Hallelujah:

After hearing k.d. lang perform that song at the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2006 we looked at each other and said, ‘Well, I think we can lay that song to rest now! It’s really been done to its ultimate blissful state of perfection’. I don’t think I could even try it, because it’s been so magnificently done.

KD Lang – Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen
Opening Of 2010 Vancouver Olympics

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This specific entry was originally posted Feb 9, 2018.

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