Leonard Cohen Dons Boxing Gloves and Stethoscope At August 16, 2009 Colmar Concert
Leonard Cohen World Tour: Best Audience Gifts is an ongoing Heck Of A Guy series reliving some of the 2008-2010 shows by spotlighting the most interesting, oddest, most moving, funniest, most dramatic, … offerings contributed by audience members at one or more of the Leonard Cohen World Tour concerts.
Today’s entry is the Colmar show, at which song-specific items, boxing gloves and a stethoscope, were hurled to the stage during the performance of “I’m Your Man.” Leonard Cohen then retrieved the items, slinging the gloves over his shoulder and plugging the stethoscope into his ears.1
If you want a boxer
I will step into the ring for you
And if you want a doctor
I’ll examine every inch of you
From “I’m Your Man” by Leonard Cohen
The Audience Participation Angle
Thanks to Heck Of A Guy viewer, Uli, who, accompanied by her Swiss sidekick, attended the Leonard Cohen Colmar Concert where she shot the stellar photo of The Poet equipped with boxing gloves, a gift from Vic & Beck of the UK, and stethoscope, the apparently perfect offering of Christine Geyer.
In the video below, Cohen, already wearing the boxing gloves (courtesy of Vic & Beck) over his shoulder, can be seen picking up the stethoscope (placed on stage by Christine Geyer, ably backed by her Cohen colleague, Puddingdale).
Next, a monkey & banana can be viewed flying toward the stage (hurled by faithfully) where it is nimbly fielded by the now well-equipped singer/songwriter/poet/boxer/doctor/icon.
Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man (Colmar 16 août 2009)
Yes, the video is sideways – no one said watching history being made was easy. (See below for realigned video)
Same video, shifted 90 degrees_____________________
- The next lines in the lyrics are
If you want a driver
Or if you want to take me for a ride
You know you can
Disappointingly, no one drove a car onto the stage. [↩]