Posted in music on September 21, 2009

Leonard Cohen

The singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is recovering after collapsing onstage in Spain. Mr. Cohen fainted during a performance of his song "Bird on the Wire" in Valencia on Friday night [September 18th], The Times of London reported. The concert was stopped, and Mr. Cohen, who turns 75 on Monday, was taken to a hospital. He was released early on Saturday after suffering from a stomach complaint, tour promoters said. He is expected to perform the last show of his Spanish tour in Barcelona on Monday before heading to Florida, where he is next due to perform on Oct. 17.[NY Times]
Some are reporting that Friday night's incident was related to food poisoning.

Today, Monday, September 21st, is Leonard Cohen's 75th birthday. Happy birthday and stay in good health, Leonard! After wrapping the European leg of his tour today in Spain and playing a show in Israel on Thursday (9/24), Cohen will rest up for his Fall (no pun intended!) North American tour, which gets underway on October 17th. The tour comes to Madison Square Garden for a show on October 23rd. Tickets are still available (though selection is somewhat limited at this point).

A video of the incident in Valencia is posted below...

Leonard Cohen faints in Valencia during concert

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Comments (22)

feel better, leo

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 10:16 AM

im sorry...but how fucking boring is his music?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 10:29 AM

was it Bird on a Wire? or Valencia? either way.... that sucks....

Posted by jason | September 21, 2009 10:31 AM

ummm... not even a little boring?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 10:31 AM

scary

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 10:32 AM

whoa. Glad I saw Radio City. Would love to go to MSG, but can't justify the money to sit 20 miles away and behind the stage. the garden sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 10:37 AM

Feel better, Leonard!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 10:38 AM

is he in the death pool?

Posted by grim reaper | September 21, 2009 10:59 AM

Hey 10:29---it must suck to be you.

Posted by twb | September 21, 2009 11:29 AM

10:29, what's wrong, his 'sound' not interesting enough for you?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 11:36 AM

At first, I thought the headline reads "Leonard Cohen farts on stage..."

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 12:24 PM

Apparently it was food poisoning. So he may have farted, although it probably would not have been headline news. Unless his pants were mic'd, and it was revealed that his rectum has been supplying Cohen's golden voice for years.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 12:45 PM

This whole thing is terrible. Having had his whole life savings stolen from him by a corrupt manager, then having to tour non-stop to make any money back... this much touring tires out YOUNG groups, and they're all high on yay and drunk on vodka crans!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 1:54 PM

leonard cohen's lyrics are intoxicating. if you need to be bludgeoned with music to appreciate it you are on the wrong page.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 2:52 PM

yeah... I get that way too whenever a sax solo starts.

Posted by JesseK | September 21, 2009 4:22 PM

Hope Barcelona went well 4 u 2nite prophet of the heart, saw u in dublin in July. And hope u well gain... U truly r the very best.... And very happy birthday. Always gud wishes 4 u, u gentle man xxxxx

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 7:15 PM

Willy DeVille, Jim Carroll, ..... looked like Leonard was almost number three.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 8:05 PM

Amazingly, people who aren't worth to know Leonard's name got so much nice to say on his birthday.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2009 3:17 PM

This whole thing is terrible. Having had his whole life savings stolen from him by a corrupt manager, then having to tour non-stop to make any money back... this much touring tires out YOUNG groups, and they're all high on yay and drunk on vodka crans!

Posted by foo | March 26, 2010 10:48 AM

leonard cohen's lyrics are intoxicating. if you need to be bludgeoned with music to appreciate it you are on the wrong page.

Posted by food poisoning symptoms | March 26, 2010 10:48 AM

He has walked with me through many years and many countries. His music is gold to my spirit. I've read also his two novels: masterpieces! Please Mr Cohen stay well longer.

Posted by peter parisius | January 11, 2011 9:05 PM

Fordham to a SUNY actually go to a SUNY. I highly doubt these people are actually as important as they make themselves out to be

Posted by سعودي كام | February 25, 2011 9:36 AM

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