by Tom McMorran
By 5 am my legs beagan to hurt and I had a pounding headache. Lobby call was at 6am so I limped down to meet the rest of the band. We had to catch a flight to Stuttgart and by the time we got to the airport I could barely walk.
I have never been so sick in my life!! By this time I was in the bathroom constantly. Our first plane was delayed an hour but we finally took off. We missed our connection and had to wait over an hour. Leonard found a couch in one of the travel offices where I was watched over by two very nice Swiss Travel Agents.
Unfortunately our connection was moved to the opposite side of the airport. Leonard, knowing how badly I felt insisted on pushing me through the airport on a luggage cart, a sort of makeshift gurney. As you know, Leonard is very popular in Europe, and the sight of this Star pushing one of his band members through the airport caused quite a stir.
We finally arrived in Stuttgart after eight hours of traveling. By this time I was so sick I could not even stand up straight and I was afraind I would be unable to perform that night. Leonard came in carrying a black bag. Looking very much like a doctor, he reached in and pulled out an evil looking amber vile with a glass stopper. "This was given to me by some South American Indians" he said with a sly grin on his face. "It will either kill you or cure you!".
By this time it didn't much matter to me either way. He poured six drops into a glass of water, the murky brown mixture dissipating in the clear agua. With a prayer I imbibed the mysterious tincture knowing not what my fate was to be. I was shocked to discover that within ten minutes my legs had stopped hurting.
Within the next hour my appetite had returned, my headache had abated, and I felt better that I had in months. I ate a big dinner and played the concert without a hitch, all thanks to Leonard "Medicine Man" Cohen.
This is just one of many examples that exemplify Leonard's humanitarianism, and his care for the well being of the people around him. I will be forever indebted to him. Thanks Leonard!!