EC plays Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal, November 6, 2017

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EC plays Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal, November 6, 2017

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The family of Leonard Cohen invites fans from around the world to join them, along with renowned musicians, the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Quebec in celebrating Cohen’s legacy for Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Nov. 6, 2017. Participating artists include Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, Philip Glass, k.d. lang, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Damien Rice, Sting, Patrick Watson, and Adam Cohen.

“My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: ‘Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles…and if you want a public event do it in Montreal,’” said singer-songwriter Adam Cohen “I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring.”

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Proceeds of the memorial concert will go to the Canada Council, which awards grants to Canadian arts projects and supported the older Cohen during his earlier career as a fiction writer. Emmy-nominated director Jack Bender will film it for an upcoming TV special.

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Postby johnfoyle » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:50 am

I guess this may the closest to a photo of Elvis and Leonard Cohen together.


Left to Right: Tom Perrotta, Salman Rushdie, Elvis Costello, Peter Wolf, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Bill Flanagan

Taken backstage before the February 26, 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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Re: EC plays Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal, November 6, 2017

Postby Man out of Time » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:41 am

Preview by Brendan Kelly in the Montreal Gazette published on 18 September, 2017:

" Leonard Cohen tribute at Bell Centre to feature Sting, Lana Del Rey

The Nov. 6 Montreal concert will also feature performances by Elvis Costello, Feist, k.d. lang, Damien Rice, Adam Cohen and others.

When he knew the end was near, Leonard Cohen told his son Adam that he was free to organize a public memorial event after Cohen’s death if Adam wanted to. He had only one request: it had to take place in Montreal.

“Adam just felt this compelling and moving duty from his heart,” said Robert Kory, Leonard Cohen’s manager. “The fire in Adam was so strong … and I told Adam: ‘You’ve got to lead it. I will do what I did with your father. I’ll help build the plumbing. But you’ve got to lead it.’

“I said: ‘Are you sure you’re ready? Are you sure you’re up for that?’ And he said: ‘Well, I’m not sure if I’m up for it, but I think I’ve got to do it.’ I said: ‘That’s what your father would have said.’ “

That conversation took place in the spring; just months later, Adam Cohen’s wish is a reality. Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen will take place at the Bell Centre Nov. 6 and features an impressive array of international artists, including Sting, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Feist, k.d. lang, Philip Glass, the Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, Patrick Watson, Damien Rice and Adam Cohen. Other artists will be added to the bill.

The concert will be produced by Hal Willner, a noted record and concert producer who is known for albums and shows paying tribute to artists. He has organized concerts showcasing the work of Randy Newman, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen.

Cohen died Nov. 7 last year, so the memorial show will take place on the eve of the first anniversary of his passing.

Cohen had also authorized two projects to celebrate his work, both of which are set to première in Montreal this fall. There is a major exhibition opening at the Musée d’art contemporain on Nov. 9, Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal presents the Cohen-themed show Dance Me from Dec. 5 to 9 at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts.

“So the idea emerged to kick off this series (of tributes) with a concert in Montreal,” said Kory.

The lineup of artists willing to participate quickly fell into place, he added.

“A project like this happens based on deep personal connections to Leonard Cohen,” said Kory. “I knew there was a producer, Hal Willner, who had a long-standing connection with Leonard … so I went to Hal and asked if he would be interested. He knew what a challenge this would be. So he meditated a little bit and he felt Leonard saying, ‘Help the family.’

“Then Adam had his connections to his artists, and I have a few. Promoters, lawyers, managers don’t put this together — it happens from a personal connection artists feel to Leonard Cohen.”

The show will be filmed for a TV special by Jack Bender, a director whose credits include episodes of Lost, The Sopranos and Game of Thrones.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Kory said Cohen often mentioned how important these arts councils were for him, particularly in the early days of his literary career.

None of the artists will receive a fee for their performances, although the producers will cover the expenses of bringing them to Montreal. They will all be singing Cohen songs, but no specifics are available yet. There will also be well-known actors delivering spoken-word tributes to the man who wrote and sang classics like Suzanne, I’m Your Man and So Long, Marianne.

Kory says he believes Cohen would be pleased that this show is happening in his hometown.

“Here’s what Leonard is telling me,” said Kory. “Leonard is saying, ‘I’m delighted that you’re helping Adam fulfil this sense of duty.’ We had a phrase that guided my whole management career with Leonard — ‘excellence without compromise’ — and so (Leonard is saying) ‘As long as we’re at that standard, fine, go ahead and do it.’ But then he would chuckle and say, ‘Kory, why do you keep doing these things? There’s really no need.’ “


Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen takes place Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 23 at noon via and 855-310-2525. Prices are expected to be announced on Monday, Sept. 18."


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Re: EC plays Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal, November 6, 2017

Postby sweetest punch » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:08 pm

Since you put me down, it seems i've been very gloomy. You may laugh but pretty girls look right through me.

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