Maarten Massa directs our attention to Rafael Gayol’s spotlighted drum solo during I Tried To Leave You at the Sept 20, 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert. The big finish to this performance has traditionally been a drumstick toss & catch (ok, it’s sometimes a drumstick toss & miss – just to build suspense). Consequently, one observes that at 6:26 in the video below, Albert Noonan, the Vizir of Videography in the Kingdom of Cohen, zooms out to enlarge the frame in anticipation of that drumstick toss.
Then, at 6:30 of the video, the drumstick (more precisely, the wire brush) is indeed hurled but rater than flying upward as expected it shoots directly behind the drummer. Note: The video will automatically begin just before the incident for convenience but both the video and the performance are high quality and viewing the entire performance is rewarding.
While this incident may appear, on the surface, to be no more than a miscue on Rafael Gayol’s part, careful analysis yields an alternative hypothesis. Consider the possibility that on one the reflective surfaces of his equipment, Rafael spotted, for example, a crazed Justin Bieber fan bent on revenge for Leonard Cohen’s victory over Bieber for Artist of the Year honors at the Juno Awards. Rather than leaving his station to confront the would be assassin, the man Cohen calls the Prince Of Precision instinctively throws the wire brush directly backward, foiling the attack without causing a panic.
As proof of concept, I offer this video of a youngster performing a similar feat.
Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post is by Maarten Massa.