Robert Kory on John Reynolds

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Imet John in 2008 through Leonard’s agent, Rob Hal­lett, when we were plan­ning the first of the tours. John was cen­tral to Leonard’s de­ci­sion to ac­tu­ally go back on the road – he was in­te­gral to the process that re­sulted in him do­ing that five years of tour­ing.

Pre­vi­ously, Leonard had said that he re­ally didn’t like tour­ing. I lis­tened to him care­fully, and I said, ‘Leonard, un­less you are ten times more suc­cess­ful, and it’s ten times more en­joy­able for you, you shouldn’t tour at your age'.

I also had an agree­ment with AEG that un­less Leonard re­ally en­joyed tour­ing, then af­ter the ini­tial costs of the tour had been re­couped, he could stop. The most im­por­tant dates were the three in Ire­land, at IMMA in June 2008. Even though it was rain­ing, the con­di­tions were just per­fect.

John co­op­er­ated with us in ev­ery pos­si­ble way: no one sees Leonard back stage, and all of our re­quire­ments were met in terms of sound and so on. We had ev­ery­thing we needed to de­liver a per­fect per­for­mance. John em­braced it com­pletely – and that made all the dif­fer­ence.

Afer­wards, Leonard said, "I can do this, and

I’m ac­tu­ally en­joy­ing it." It re­quired enor­mous co­op­er­a­tion from John, and he did it and we were for­ever in­debted. Sub­se­quently, that led us to do the con­certs in Lis­sadell and at the O2. The tragedy is that we were go­ing to do a new trib­ute con­cert with John, like we did in Mon­treal, but that ob­vi­ously is not go­ing to hap­pen with him now. But Leonard was deeply in­debted to John for his co­op­er­a­tion, his at­ten­tion to de­tail and his ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance as a pro­moter. He made those ini­tial large out­door shows in Ire­land a huge suc­cess.

The Lis­sadell shows were amongst the most im­por­tant Leonard ever did. Of course, it’s not a con­cert venue, and one of the re­quire­ments for Leonard was that we never did a show un­less the sound was per­fect. Ev­ery­body had to hear ev­ery word and ev­ery note. But he and I had the con­fi­dence in John’s skills as a pro­moter to do those con­certs, which be­came land­mark dates.

If you’re talk­ing the shows that were re­ally up there among the great­est in his ca­reer, it was the Lis­sadell dates and the 55,000 ca­pac­ity con­cert he did in Is­rael, which had sim­i­lar chal­lenges in terms of sound and ev­ery­thing else.

Leonard had an ab­so­lutely spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with Ire­land, and that was clear ev­ery time we played there. John was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing our whole group and crew feel that, and share it in the per­for­mance. That was ul­ti­mately why we did our live DVD in Dublin. He is a huge loss to us all.

"Leonard was deeply in­debted to John for his co­op­er­a­tion, his at­ten­tion to de­tail and his ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance as a pro­moter."

"RIP John Reynolds my good friend!! Gonna miss you mate. Ab­so­lutely gut­ted.” DAR­REN EMER­SON

Leonard Co­hen per­form­ing at IMMA and (be­low) with John Reynolds back­stage.

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