Leonard Cohen collapses on stage in Spain
MADRID — Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was forced to cut short a concert in Spain late Friday after he became ill and collapsed on stage, Spanish media said.
A member of his band, Javier Mas, said Cohen suffered a “severe attack of indigestion” and vomiting but that his situation was not serious, the newspaper El Mundo reported on its website.
It said Cohen, who turns 75 on Monday, was performing “Bird on the Wire” about half an hour into the show in the eastern city of Valencia when he lost his balance as he went to pick up a guitar.
He was saved from falling by backup singers, but moments later he collapsed again and was helped off stage to receive treatment from a medical team.
Mas came out almost an hour later to tell the thousands of people gathered in the Luis Puig Velodrome that Cohen would not be returning to the stage that night, but that he hoped to reschedule the show for another time, El Mundo said.
Valencia was the penultimate stop on his nine-concert tour of Spain, which is due to end in Barcelona on Monday.
The Canadian poet, novelist and singer-songwriter emerged in the 1960s with his first album “Songs Of Leonard Cohen”, which included one of his best-known songs, “Suzanne”.
He quit the music scene in the early 1990s, living at a Buddhist monastery in California, where he was ordained a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and took the name Jikhan, meaning “silence”.
But he was forced to return after being swindled out of his retirement nest egg by his former manager