The Smokey Life Tour
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|Tour by Leonard Cohen|
|Associated album||Recent Songs|
|Start date||October 13, 1979|
|End date||November 24, 1980|
|Number of shows||80 in Europe
7 in Australia
2 in Asia
89 in Total
|Leonard Cohen concert chronology|
The tour began shortly after the release of the album in October 1979 in Gothenburg, Sweden and would continue until mid December. Most concerts were given in three countries – Germany (24 shows), the United Kingdom (9 shows) and France (8 shows). The tour also made stops in Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland for one or two concerts.
In March 1980, the tour traveled to Australia for seven shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. After seven months off, the show returned to Europe for concerts on the mainland, giving performances in France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium as well as Austria, the Netherlands and Spain. The tour ended with two performances on November 24, 1980 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In the seven-month-long break, Cohen (together with The Chambers Brothers and Jennifer Warnes) took part at the "Bread & Roses" Festival in Berkeley, California. It would be the only appearance of Cohen in Northern America during this tour.
|October 13, 1979||Gothenburg||Sweden||Scandinavium|
|October 14, 1979||Stockholm||Konserthuset|
|October 15, 1979||Oslo||Norway||Oslo Concert Hall|
|October 17, 1979||Copenhagen||Denmark||Falkoner Teatret|
|October 19, 1979||Avignon||France||Parc des Expositions de Avignon|
|October 20, 1979||Nice||Théâtre de verdure de Nice|
|October 22, 1979||Paris||Pavillon de Paris|
|October 24, 1979||Bordeaux||Parc des Expositionsde Bordeaux|
|October 25, 1979||Nantes||Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire|
|October 26, 1979||Cambrai||Palais des Grottes|
|October 27, 1979||Antwerp||Belgium||Koningin Elizabethzaal|
|October 28, 1979||Brussels||Palais des Beaux-Arts|
|October 29, 1979||Montpellier||France||Palais des Sports|
|October 30, 1979||Paris||Théâtre des Champs-Élysées|
|November 1, 1979||Frankfurt||Germany||Jahrhunderthalle|
|November 2, 1979||Böblingen||Böblingen Sporthalle|
|November 4, 1979||Aachen||Eurogress Aachen|
|November 5, 1979||Berlin||Congress Centrum Berlin|
|November 6, 1979||Münster||Halle Münsterland|
|November 8, 1979||Mainz||Rheingoldhalle|
|November 9, 1979||Bochum||Ruhrlandhalle|
|November 11, 1979||Hanover||Congress Centrum Kuppelsaal|
|November 12, 1979||Kassel||Stadthalle Kassel|
|November 13, 1979||Bremen||Stadthalle Bremen|
|November 14, 1979||Ulm||Donauhalle Ulm|
|November 15, 1979||Nuremberg||Meistersingerhalle|
|November 17, 1979||Cologne||Messehalle Cologne|
|November 18, 1979||Düsseldorf||Philips Halle|
|November 19, 1979||Kiel||Ostseehalle|
|November 21, 1979||Hamburg||Congress Center Hamburg|
|November 22, 1979||Braunschweig||Stadthalle Braunschweig|
|November 23, 1979||Hamburg||Congress Centrum Hamburg|
|November 25, 1979||Freiburg||Stadthalle Freiburg|
|November 26, 1979||Ludwigshafen||Friedrich-Ebert-Halle|
|November 27, 1979||Lausanne||Switzerland||Théâtre de Beaulieu|
|November 28, 1979[A]||Zürich||Kongresshaus|
|November 30, 1979||Munich||Germany||Circus Krone|
|December 1, 1979[A]|
|December 3, 1979||Bonn||Beethovenhalle|
|December 4, 1979||London||England||Hammersmith Odeon|
|December 5, 1979|
|December 6, 1979|
|December 8, 1979||Birmingham||Birmingham Odeon|
|December 9, 1979||Manchester||Manchester Apollo|
|December 10, 1979||Glasgow||Scotland||The Apollo Theatre|
|December 11, 1979||Edinburgh||Edinburgh Odeon|
|December 13, 1979||Preston||England||Preston Guild Hall|
|December 14, 1979[A]||Dublin||Ireland||An Staidiam Náisiúnta|
|December 15, 1979||Brighton||England||Brighton Dome|
|March 6, 1980||Melbourne||Australia||Comedy Theatre|
|March 7, 1980|
|March 8, 1980|
|March 9, 1980|
|March 11, 1980||Adelaide||Apollo Stadium|
|March 14, 1980||Sydney||Capitol Theatre|
|March 15, 1980|
|October 3, 1980[B]||Berkeley||United States||Greek Theatre|
|October 5, 1980[B]|
|October 24, 1980||Besançon||France||Palais des Sports de Besançon|
|October 25, 1980||Geneva||Switzerland||Victoria Hall|
|October 26, 1980[A]||Zurich||Kongresshaus|
|October 28, 1980||Lille||France||Palais des Sports Saint-Sauveur|
|October 29, 1980||Brussels||Belgium||Palais des Beaux-Arts|
|October 30, 1980||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Concertgebouw|
|November 1, 1980[A]||Vienna||Austria||Wien Concertgebouw|
|November 2, 1980||Munich||Germany||Circus Krone|
|November 3, 1980||Dortmund||Westfalenhallen II|
|November 4, 1980||Bonn||Beethovenhalle|
|November 5, 1980||Eppelheim||Rhein-Neckar-Halle|
|November 7, 1980||Frankfurt||Jahrhunderthalle|
|November 8, 1980[A]||Nancy||France||Palais des Sports Jean Weille|
|November 9, 1980||Strasbourg||Palais de la musique et des congrès|
|November 10, 1980||Mulhouse||Palais des Sports de Mulhouse|
|November 12, 1980||Saint-Étienne||Palais des Sports de Saint-Étienne|
|November 13, 1980||Lyon||Bourse du Travail de Lyon|
|November 14, 1980||Clermont-Ferrand||Palais des Sports de Clermont-Ferrand|
|November 16, 1980||San Sebastián||Spain||Velódromo de Anoeta|
|November 17, 1980||Barcelona||Palau dels Esports de Barcelona|
|November 18, 1980||Toulouse||France||Hall Comminges|
|November 20, 1980||Berlin||Germany||Congress Centrum Berlin|
|November 21, 1980||Hamburg||Congress Center Hamburg|
|November 22, 1980||Freiburg||Stadthalle Freiburg|
|November 24, 1980[A]||Tel Aviv||Israel||Fredric R. Mann Auditorium|
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- A Cohen performed a Matinee and Evening concert.
- B This concert was a part of "Bread & Roses"
Several shows of the tour were professionally recorded, most notably the shows at the Hammersmith Odeon and the Dome Theatre in December 1979. The recordings were officially released 22 years later in 2001 as a live album under the name of Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979.
The 1979 concert in Bonn was transmitted on radio. Most of the concerts were taped by fans and privatly exchanged.
Accompanying Cohen was the jazz band Passenger from Austin, Texas, consisting of members Steve Meador on drums, Roscoe Beck on bass, Mitch Watkins on guitar, Bill Ginn on keyboards and Paul Ostermayer on sax and flute. Other tour members included violinist Raffi Hakopian, oudist John Bilezikjian, and backup singers Jennifer Warnes and Sharon Robinson.
- "1979 - Europe". Leonard Cohen Files. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
- "1979 "The Smokey Life" Tour (Europe)". CohenLive.com. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
- "1980 Australia". Leonard Cohen Files. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
- "1980 Early Tour in Australia". CohenLive.com. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
- "1980 - Europe and Israel". Leonard Cohen Files. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
- "1980 Late Tour in Europe & Israel". CohenLive.com. Retrieved December 25, 2012.