The living legend that is Leonard Cohen is paying a visit to Los Angeles April 10th at the Nokia theatre. Tickets for the show go on sale Monday, March 9th at 10am, but you can win a pair here on Aquarium Drunkard before that. We have two pairs of tickets for AD readers; to win a pair, leave your name, email address and the first Cohen song or album you remember hearing in the comments below. I’m pretty sure mine was Everybody Knows” off the soundtrack to the 1990 teenage rebel flick Pump Up The Volume. Winners will be notified via email.

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94 Responses to “Leonard Cohen :: Los Angeles, April 10 – Tickets”

  1. “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” – In the early ’90s, when I was in high school, I used to stay up late on Sunday nights listening to legendary NYC DJ Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight” program. Every week I’d be exposed to great songwriters old and new, and as a result I developed unquenchable desires to both hear and to write as many songs as possible. Hearing “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” for the first time was a flashpoint in this. So simple, so personal, just a (very eloquent) dude singing out his memories. Amazing.

  2. Ha! Mine was ‘Everybody Knows’ from Pump Up the Volume as well 🙂 I think I didn’t really sink my teeth into him until his songs were featured so prominantly on Exotica, however…

  3. “Tonight Will Be Fine”

  4. SOoo Long Marriannnne, It’s Time We Began To Laugh and Cry and Laugh And….

  5. The first song that I fell in love with was “Everybody Knows,” but I will never forget when an old French professor in college told me he knew him as a successful poet and didn’t know that he was a musician. I hadn’t known that he was a writer, but I wasn’t surprised.

  6. “the partisan” in a cafe in san francisco while on vacation with my family. i was probably twelve or thirteen. i didn’t know it was cohen at the time, but i always remembered the women singing in french at the end.

  7. He had me at ‘Joan of Arc’

    like scotch for a for a twelve year old

  8. Suzanne, three versions: Judy Collins. Noel Harrison, Harry Belafonte. Then Choen’s own, later.


  9. I obviously can’t win, but wanted to share – my first exposure was through an older girl I had a horrendous crush on my senior year of high school. We hung out one night taking turns playing guitar and she served me up a version of “Famous Blue Raincoat.” For years all I could remember was the last line of the song, “Sincerely, L. Cohen.” And it took me almost ten years to find someone who knew the song (why I never bothered to look it up myself, don’t ask) and then it all made sense.

  10. Michael


    first heard “Lover Lover Lover.” and damn, what a track.

  11. the cover of first we take manhatten by rem led me to i’m your fan and that tribute led me to leonards own work

  12. “I’m your man” and damned my girlfriends love it!

  13. “hallelujah” upon hearing jeff buckley’s cover.

  14. Suzanne.

  15. Suzanne

  16. ” I am standing on a wishing well that all men call the world” from Stories of the Street.
    In 1980 LC arrived in the nick of time for the drowning 15 year old I once was, I have kept him near and dear ever since. My husband jokes I’ll leave him for Leonard someday, although everybody knows unrequited love is surely the sweetest.
    I found a 1960’s LC song book and Bird on the Wire is amazing on accordion.
    Thanks LC, for teaching us to live and love lavishly.

  17. my mistake sorry!
    “I balance on a wishing well that all men call the world”

  18. Tower Of Song

  19. Definitely “The Stranger Song” from McCabe and Mrs. Miller. I saw it at the Castro Theater in SF around 1990, and the film and the music made long lasting impressions in a grand setting. It was a great introduction to a long love.

  20. The First Song I Remember hearing was hallelujah at 18. after that i went out and bought various positions. i love that album

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  22. “hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” performed by Roberta Flack, off of one of my dad’s favorite records, “First Take,” probably about 1973. Still one of the great moments in my experience of recorded music.

  23. My friend wrote out the words to Take This Longing many years ago, after reading the lyrics I had to hear it. Oof. Been going back to his poetry for some sustenance ever since.

  24. “Suzanne”

  25. I think it was “Dance me to the end of love”… I find myself returning to his music and poetry over and over. This is going to be a great show.

  26. I’m Your Man. Third on a great mix, made for me by a woman. Yes!

  27. waiting for a miracle…from natural born killers.

  28. the miracle that is.

  29. Suzanne (but… I came to it from Nina Simone’s version… I still debate which one I love more… Usually it’s the one that happens to be playing at the time)

    I am sooooooo excited for the show! I thought I was going to have to pay $120 and drive all the way to Coachella, so glad to see him in a better environment.

  30. My mom used to play Suzanne for me all the time as a little girl =)

    Definitely still my favorite Leonard Cohen song. I think I really got back into Cohen when my dad gave me some Buckley albums and I found out that Hallelujah wasn’t originally by him.

  31. Mine is “Suzanne”

  32. Don’t remember the first, but the one that makes me want to dust off the old razor blades…Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

  33. Famous Blue Raincoat

  34. Suzanne.

  35. “Bird On A Wire”

  36. Bird on a Wire. Moved me instantly. Purchased album the same day.

  37. Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy, and Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye … all pretty much simultaneously …. but first must have been ‘Suzanne’ and probably first through Judy Collins’ cover, and probably in 1967 … and then the other two songs also first via Judy the next year but all fused in memory with Leonard’s own versions of them. I can recall by late 1968 that the line “your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm” was already embedded in my early senses of myself as a woman in love. For all the years and all the soul-stirring songs, and how much I loved how his voice had evolved by the time of The Future in 1990 (the one CD of his where I have to say nobody’s cover has ever exceeded his original versions), I have to put “Anthem” – and the cover by Batalla and Christensen in/on “I’m Your Man” DVD/CD in particular – at the top of the list as the most repeatedly emotion-rousing for me of them all, and that’s saying more than a lot (“Everybody Knows,” esp. in Rufus’s voice, and “Hallelujah” in Buckley’s being but a tip of the iceberg of all the richness out there that it is edging out to take first place in my heart.) His poetry, his fiction, his lyrics. He is our man.

  38. Christina Hunter
    “Bird on a Wire”

  39. Closing time…future CD

  40. I’m Your Man

  41. i was in high school, and i found out that the jeff buckley song was a cover. i remember downloading the original hallelujah and thinking…what the fuck? this sucks! ah…youth.

  42. it occurs to me that i heard sisters of mercy and that”s no way to say goodbye …..chelsea hotelnyc…..saw the show at the beacon in nyc…awesome….

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  44. i fell in love with leonard at first hearing suzanne when i was in college–thought he was too old for me in 1970 but loved him anyway

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