Mitch Watkins Returns To 1st Leonard Cohen Tour In 27 Years
The implications of posts yesterday at Greetings From Camp Cohen that (1) “there might be a couple fresh faces” in the 2012 Old Ideas Touring Band and (2) Mitch Watkins was at the Tour rehearsal site (see photo left, captioned “Hattie Webb can’t get enough of veteran tour mates Mitch Watkins and Roscoe Beck as they relive past LC campaigns through newly surfaced and hilariously incriminating photos of the ‘79/’80 LC tours which produced the “Field Commander Cohen” live record.”) were realized late last night when a LeonardCohenForum post by Jarkko Arjatsalo confirmed that
Mitch Watkins has joined the band. He has toured with Leonard in 1979, 1980, and 1985. …
Mitch will be on the guitar. Bob Metzger cannot go on tour because of health issues.
Those who follow DrHGuy may also recall Watkins from this photo published May 1, 2012 under the aegis, “The Elegant Stylings Of Leonard Cohen, Mitch Watkins, & Roscoe Beck.”
Left to right: Leonard Cohen, Mitch Watkins, Charles Roscoe Beck (1980). Mitch Watkins was the guitarist and Roscoe Beck the bass player and band leader for Leonard Cohen’s band for the 1979-1985 Tours. Photo by Alberto Manzano. Contributed by Dominique BOILE.
Watkins is also seen in this 1985 video of Leonard Cohen and the band performing Dance Me To The End Of Love perform on Australian television.