I so love Leonard Cohen. My friend Michael W. Dean (of Bomb and Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow) posted this: That time Leonard Cohen took acid on stage.
And – I have to say, I love Leonard Cohen even more than I did before.
An excerpt from Far Out Magazine quoting Ira Bruce Nadel:
“A quick shave, a cigarette, and then out to the stage to receive a tumultuous welcome. The LSD took effect as he started to play and he saw the crowd unite into the grand image of “the Ancient of Days” from Daniel’s dream in the Old Testament. This image, “the Ancient of Days” who had witnessed all history, asked him, “Is this All, this performing on the stage?” Deliver or go home was the admonition. At that moment, Cohen had been singing “So Long, Marianne” intensely and a vision of Marianne appeared to him. He began to cry and, to hide his tears, turned to the band—only to discover that they, too, were in tears.”
A bit of the show as it unraveled . . .
Photo Credit: Gijsbert Hanekroot / Alamy – Leonard Cohen for Far Out Magazine – The moment Leonard Cohen dropped acid and saved a disastrous concert