Various Positions Tour

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Various Positions Tour
Tour by Leonard Cohen
Associated album I'm Your Man
Start date January 31, 1985
End date July 21, 1985
Legs 3
Shows 53 in Europe
8 in Australia
2 in Asia
11 in North America
74 in Total
Leonard Cohen concert chronology
The Smokey Life Tour
(1979-80)
Various Positions Tour
(1985)
I'm Your Man Tour
(1988)

The Various Positions Tour was a concert tour by Leonard Cohen, in support of his album Various Positions, released in 1984 (Canada) and 1985 in Europe and the United States.

Overview[edit]

The Various Positions Tour was a globe-spanning tour that took Leonard Cohen and his band on four continents. Apart from staples like Germany and Sweden, concerts were also held in Israel, Poland and Australia. Cohen would revisit these countries 24 years later during his Leonard Cohen Tour 2008–2010.

The tour started in late January with concerts in Germany, and would continue through mainland Europe until the end of March. The second leg of the tour led Cohen through ten Northern American cites, five in the United States and five in Canada. In between, the tour would head to Australia for eight shows. The third leg consisted of outdoor concerts in Europe. This leg would also incorporate stops at festivals - the Roskilde Festival, the Kalvoeya Festival and the Festival Élixir in Guéhenno in the Brittany area, France.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Notes
Europe[1]
January 31, 1985 Mannheim Germany Rosengarten
February 1, 1985 Münster Halle Münsterland
February 2, 1985 Wiesbaden Rhein-Main Halle
February 3, 1985 Berlin ICC
February 4, 1985 Hamburg Congress Centrum
February 6, 1985 Oslo Norway Central Kino
February 7, 1985 Helsinki Finland Kulttuuritalo
February 8, 1985 Stockholm Sweden Konserthuset
February 9, 1985 Copenhagen Denmark Falkoner Teatret
February 11, 1985 Rotterdam Netherland De Doelen
February 12, 1985 Strasbourg France Palais des Congrès et de la Musique
February 13, 1985 Lausanne Switzerland Palais de Beaulieu
February 15, 1985 Bilbao Spain Palacio Municipal de Deportes
February 16, 1985 Madrid Pabellón de Deportes del Real Madrid
February 18, 1985 Cascais Portugal Pavilhao Dramatico
February 22, 1985 Paris France Salle Pleyel
February 23, 1985 Early and Late Show
February 25, 1985 London England Hammersmith Odeon
February 26, 1985
February 27, 1985 Manchester The Apollo
February 28, 1985 Birmingham The Odeon
March 2, 1985 Dublin Ireland National Stadium Early and Late Show
March 4, 1985 Brussels Belgium Palais des Beaux-Arts
March 5, 1985 Basel Switzerland Mustermessehalle
March 6, 1985 Vienna Austria Konzerthaus
March 7, 1985
March 8, 1985 Linz Sporthalle
March 9, 1985 Munich Germany Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle
March 10, 1985 Böblingen Sporthalle
March 11, 1985 Cologne Sporthalle
March 13, 1985 Hannover Kuppelsaal
March 14, 1985 Essen Grugahalle
March 16, 1985 Gothenburg Sweden Konserthuset
March 17, 1985 Stockholm Konserthuset
March 19, 1985 Poznań Poland Arena
March 20, 1985 Wrocław Hala Ludowa
March 21, 1985 Zabrze Dom Muzyki i Tanca
March 22, 1985 Warsaw Congress Hall
March 24, 1985 Milan Italy Teatro Orfeo Early and Late Show
North America & Australia[2]
April 30, 1985 Philadelphia United States Walnut Street Theatre
May 1, 1985
May 4, 1985 Boston Berklee Performance Center
May 5, 1985 New York City Carnegie Hall
May 9, 1985 Ottawa Canada National Arts Centre
May 10, 1985 Montreal Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
May 11, 1985 Toronto Massey Hall
May 14, 1985 Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall
May 15, 1985 Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 21, 1985 Brisbane Australia Cultural Centre
May 24, 1985 Sydney Entertainment Centre
May 25, 1985 Melbourne The Victorian Arts Centre
May 26, 1985
May 27, 1985
June 2, 1985 Adelaide Festival Theatre
June 4, 1985 Perth Concert Hall
June 5, 1985
June 8, 1985 San Francisco United States The Warfield Theater
June 9, 1985 Los Angeles PWiltern Theatre
Europe & Israel[3]
June 27, 1985 Helsinki Finland Kulttuuritalo
June 28, 1985 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
June 29, 1985 Helsingborg Sweden Sofiero Castle
June 30, 1985 Oslo Norway Kalvoeya Festival
July 2, 1985 Jerusalem Israel Sultan's Pool
July 4, 1985 Caesarea Amphitheatre
July 6, 1985 Vienna Austria Arkadenhof
July 7, 1985 Graz Schloßberg
July 9, 1985 Montreux Switzerland Casino de Montreux
July 11, 1985 San Sebastián Spain Polideportivo de Anoeta
July 12, 1985 Zaragoza Anfiteatro del Rincon de Goya
July 13, 1985 Guéhenno France Festival Élixir
July 15, 1985 Bornholm Sweden Borgholm Castle
July 17, 1985 Nice France unknown venue
July 19, 1985 Rome Italy Foro Italico
July 21, 1985 St. Jean de Luz France Theatre de la Nature

Musicians[edit]

  • Leonard Cohen - Guitar, Vocals
  • Richard Crooks - Drums
  • John Crowder - Bass, Vocals
  • Ron Getman - Guitar, Pedal steel, Vocals
  • Anjani Thomas - Keyboards, Vocals
  • Mitch Watkins - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Source: [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sources for 1985 Europe Leg (part 1):
  2. ^ Sources for 1985 North America & Australia Leg:
  3. ^ Sources for 1985 Europe (part 2) & Israel:
  4. ^ "Touring Musicians 1970-1993". Leonard Cohen Files. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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