Barcelona 1980

Barcelona, 17th November 1980

He performed at the Palau Municipal d'Esports, ugly and inappropriate place where all important concerts and events were celebrated in this period.

The band:
Mitch Watkins, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Roscoe Beck bass
Steve Meador, drums
Bill Ginn, keyboards
Raffi Hakopian, violin
John Bilezikjian, oud, mandolin
Paul Ostermeyer, flute, saxophone
Sharon Robinson, vocals

Part of the band were The Passenger with a very full sound powered by Raffi Hakopian and John Bilezikjian. Roscoe Beck and Sharon Robinson, key musicians for Leonard, they will return for the Barcelona tour in 2009 and 2013. Jennifer Warnes did not come for agenda reasons.


We can consider as the late presentation of Recent Songs, but from this great album only he sang The Gypsy's Wife and The Window.

At first Cohen seemed concerned about the acoustics and for performance in front more than 1,000 people, we were 7,000, but soon everything started to work perfectly. He talked in French and English.

Sharon Robinson performed a wonderful Joan Of Arc, though Julie Christensen is very special to me.

The second part ended with Memories on crooner style, microphone in hand and passionate. Introduced the band and said good night with buenas noches.

As encore, he performed Sisters of Mercy, Tonight Will Be Fine, Lady Midnight and I Tried To Leave You another introduction of the band and "buenas noches my darling." We still get a Bird On The Wire reciting the first verse in French, my recorder exhausted the batteries before finishing this last song. Historic.

A memorable concert and a landmark in the musical year in Barcelona as it were published in a newspaper.