Leonard Cohen Performs Memories Featuring Paul Ostermayer On Sax + “Sweet Music Of America” Outro – Bonn 1980

The Intro: “I hope you dislike it intensely”

The introduction to Memories (“a… song I wrote a thousand years ago with Phil Spector…”) is similar to the openings Leonard used at other shows, although I don’t recall hearing the final “I hope you dislike it intensely.”

The Performance

This is an outstanding performance with an especially impressive sax solo by Paul Ostermayer.

The Outro: “Ah, Sweet Music Of America”

The outro is special. As noted in an earlier post, the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen show took place the same day as the US Reagan-Carter presidential election. Leonard dedicated Diamonds In The Mine to “the next president of the United States – if you can tell the difference.” I suspect the impending election also motivated the “Ah, Sweet Music Of America” exposition:

Ah, sweet music of America – may you rise forever on the great dismal cosmos of time. America – God bless you. May your destiny be full and may you conquer with the best part of your heart as you have conquered with this music so that the whole world will know that the heart is open and that the mind is free and everything can be …


Leonard Cohen – Memories
Bonn: Nov 4, 1980

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer.

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 25, 2018.

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