First We Take Manhattan
Then We Take Alpha Centauri
Cohencentric investigators have discovered surreptitious negotiations between NASA and Leonard Cohen’s management group to launch a Unified Heart Space Station to serve as a base for a Leonard Cohen concert tour that will roam indefinitely throughout the cosmos.
As shown above, the road crew is already at work preparing the specialized equipment needed for Leonard Cohen’s latest musical jaunt. Attached notes indicate that these technicians are making the necessary adjustments to assure that, in the zero gravity environment, an episode of overenthusiastic skipping does not result in the Canadian singer-songwriter spinning endlessly through the infinity of outer space.
The Preliminary Schedule
While details are sketchy, it appears that the schedule will be modeled on the 2008 Tour with the first concerts taking place in smaller, more intimate venues, probably asteroids and moons in the periphery of our own solar system where the performances can be honed before playing the larger galaxies.
Comments From Sept 6, 2015 Reposting
Puddingdale November 5, 2009 at 10:20 am: Thank you, this made my day! The poster alone made me (and as one might speculate maybe Leonard too ;)) laugh out loud. Although – after having accepted that the tour will most possibly be endless indeed, the proposition of taking outer space will not seem too far-fetched really. ?? When will the pre-sales for the Moon start?
Naomi Siemens November 5, 2009 at 11:27 am: I’m ready!
Dar November 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm: I’m over the moon with this. Somehow, you always manage to find just the right way to say what I’ve been thinking; although I might consider attending a gig in another galaxy. Imagine the acoustics.
sturgess66 November 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm: Dr. Heck – this is wonderful news and what a glorious Tour Poster that is! You refer to “Attached notes.” I am not doubting that they are visible to you but I can’t see them. I can, however, see the attached chords in that picture – looks like the fourth, the fifth – the minor fall, the major lift?
NOW – I cannot say that I am exactly surprised about all this. I have hesitated to mention this to anyone, but since you have broken this news, I will. I recently purchased Unified Hearts ring at the most excellent Philadelphia show (blessedly held at the Tower Theatre rather than the wretched Spectrum that is scheduled for implosion ?? ). Quite by accident, I noticed that when I held that ring to my left ear (left ear only), I could hear “chatter.” Upon closer listening I swear it was alien chatter! BUT, in the background, I could hear Leonard Cohen singing!! New songs! Songs I had never heard before! Wonderful new songs! While this was not at all an unpleasant discovery, I, of course, found it a bit unsettling and I really starting wondering if I was “half crazy” (not necessarily a bad thing). However, then something else happened. Now – at that Chicago show you were blessed to attend, Leonard, with no announcement, sang “that other blues song” – a wonderful new gem of a song never heretofore played in public. Imagine my utter shock when I realized that this is one of the songs I had been listening to Leonard sing for exactly one week on my Unified Hearts ring!
Since no one that I know of has reported anything similar with their rings, I am now suspecting that the extraordinary characteristics attached to my ring are connected with where it was purchased – in Philadelphia!! And I am thinking this is a good omen for me. Leonard and his wonderful troupe *will* be returning to Philadelphia! And this is further speculation on my part – but I am now wondering if perhaps NASA will be using the site vacated by the soon-to-be imploded Spectrum – to launch the United Heart Space Station. And, of course, the launch would be preceded by a most wonderfulsendoff show in Philadelphia (Academy of Music – or the Tower Theatre – the Kimmel Center – all wonderful venues).
Speaking of rings, at first glance, I thought maybe that was a wedding ring showing on Leonard’s left hand in the magnificent Tour poster. But on closer examination – it looks like a ring on his middle finger. ?? ??
Nijma November 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm: Resistance is futile! All of your cold and very lonely base are belong to Leonard!!!!1!!
mnkyface November 6, 2009 at 2:15 am: He definitely has The Right Stuff.
Mikel November 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm: The Hat inside the space helmet was an especially nice touch
Katja Bienert December 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm: Are there any seats left? Is there Richard Branson involved? Beam me up, Leonard!
Thank you -it’s too funny…Katja
Christine September 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm: Cool! Would love to attend.
Vicki Woodyard September 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm: Yes, and I hear that the man who carries Leonard’s guitar will be The Man Himself.
A.Sukitu September 7, 2015 at 5:25 am: When is the presale?
Can I book my seat/poster/t-shirts/mugs/rings/dvds/commemorative brochure?
Can I get taken into the deck?
… Live well and prosper …
Alma Duplessis September 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm: OMG let me know , I’m in ?we take Manhaten , great idea. May I take He’s going to have a tour or at least do a Concert in Manhatten
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). The Leonard Cohen Intergalactic Tour Poster was originally published Nov 5, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Other material has been added.