“Leonard [Cohen] was in a beautiful trance. He didn’t care what he looked like. He was there to deliver a message.” Eden Iris

Leonard Cohen was 78 years old when I saw him in concert. It was the final show of his world tour, which had lasted a total of six years. The concert took place in December of 2012,1 0n a humid evening in Auckland, New Zealand. I would see many more concerts in my lifetime, but none would possess the magic that Leonard brought to the stage that night…

The best part was, sometimes Leonard would drop down onto his knees while he was reciting a verse. To this day I still have this image of him etched in my mind — huddled over into little ball, crooning out the last verse of “Dance Me to the End of Love” (“dance me to your beauty with a burning violin”). Leonard was in a beautiful trance. He didn’t care what he looked like. He was there to deliver a message. To reach us through song. He took us out of our heads, and helped us forget about our mundane lives. He laughed and we laughed, he wept and we wept, he held us all in the palm of his hand…

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From The Best Gig I Ever Saw: Eden Iris  by Brett Callwood (LA Weekly: May 15, 2020)

Credit Due Department: Photo by Jarkko & Eija Arjatsalo. Jarkko is, of course, webmaster of LeonardCohenFiles.

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  1. Eden Iris has incorrectly identified the date. Leonard’s final concert was held in Auckland, New Zealand on Dec. 21, 2013 []
  2. For more about Eden Iris, see her biography []

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