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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 127 Dear Sir, Re: “The Called Shot” I first saw Leonard Cohen perform at Grant Hall at Queen’s University in the winter of 1975. I had expected it to be a funereal experience. It turned out to be one of the top three concerts I have ever attended (the other two were The Eagles opening for Jethro Tull at the Stampede Corral in 1972 and Leonard’s concert with his fabulous band, and his skipping exit, in Victoria in 2007). He was so gracious and charismatic. He received five standing ovations and, after the last one, he invited the whole crowd back to the fourth floor of the Holiday Inn where he and his band were staying. As I walked back to my house on Division Street, I considered whether I would go down to the Holiday Inn. Alas, I had an exam the next morning and just went to bed. I regretted that decision then, and still do now. In the early 1990s Leonard was on tour promoting his album, “The Future”. Linda and I had tickets and I was really looking forward to seeing him perform again. The show was on a Friday before a long weekend. At noon on the Friday, I was walking up to the YMCA from my office. As I approached the intersection of Broughton and Douglas streets, I had a very powerful sense that I was going to meet Leonard at that intersection. He wasn’t there. On that Friday night I went to the concert and he was the same warm and gracious performer —although his voice was more gravelly. The long weekend passed and I was scheduled for a court thing on the Tuesday morning. The matter cancelled for some reason so I decided to go to the Y again. I LETTERS TO THE EDITOR By R.C. Tino Bella* * Letters to the editor may be e-mailed to mbain@the-advocate.ca.


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