U2 film video with Leonard Cohen


U2 were in New York City’s lower east side Thursday afternoon at a small club called The Slipper Room to film a video for “Tower of Song” with its songwriter, Leonard Cohen. The legendary poet/songwriter from Montreal arrived fashionably late to the video shoot with Larry Mullen and Paul McGuinness. The footage will be included in a documentary on Cohen, directed by Lian Lunson.

U2 have been rehearsing “Tower of Song” while they have been touring. Earlier this week, fans overheard the band perform the song during their soundcheck in Philadelphia.


U2 visited with fans after they wrapped shooting on the video.

Photos by Tim Nafus for U2log.com.

Thanks to Caryn for the neighborhood tip!

24 thoughts on “U2 film video with Leonard Cohen

  1. Heard that they had been practicing this, but for what are they doing this song/video for, is my question. Anyone know?

  2. Heard that they had been practicing this, but for what are they doing this song/video for, is my question. Anyone know?

  3. At this time, it’s unclear how they’ll be using the video. Based on the crew involved in the filming, the video appears to be for U2’s purposes, not Cohen’s.

  4. At this time, it’s unclear how they’ll be using the video. Based on the crew involved in the filming, the video appears to be for U2’s purposes, not Cohen’s.

  5. Alright it’s 7am and I’m sleepy, but maybe this is a Hal Willner project. Hal has organised various Leonard Cohen tributes in recent years – live shows where people like Nick Cave and Rufus Wainwright have performed Cohen’s songs. Could be that he’s now recording or has recorded a tribute album, like he’s done for Nino Rota, Kurt Weill and other artists.

  6. Alright it’s 7am and I’m sleepy, but maybe this is a Hal Willner project. Hal has organised various Leonard Cohen tributes in recent years – live shows where people like Nick Cave and Rufus Wainwright have performed Cohen’s songs. Could be that he’s now recording or has recorded a tribute album, like he’s done for Nino Rota, Kurt Weill and other artists.

  7. Ah, thanks to David for this report from Contact Music: U2 SIGN UP AS LEONARD COHEN’S BACKING BAND

    U2 have taken a break from their sell-out US tour to provide backing
    to revered crooner LEONARD COHEN in a tiny Manhattan, New York club.

    The group were filmed recording Cohen classic TOWER OF SONG at erotic
    cabaret lounge The Slipper Room yesterday (19MAY05) for an upcoming
    documentary about the torch singer.

    Ironically, U2 star BONO performed Cohen’s HALLELUJAH on tribute
    album TOWER OF SONG a decade ago (95).

    Bono sings a verse of Cohen’s hit while U2 provide back-up for the
    track, which will feature in the untitled LIAN LUNSON (corr) film.

    Bono and bandmate THE EDGE join JARVIS COCKER and NICK CAVE among the
    stars paying tribute to Cohen in the film.

    20/05/2005 02:36

  8. Ah, thanks to David for this report from Contact Music: U2 SIGN UP AS LEONARD COHEN’S BACKING BAND

    U2 have taken a break from their sell-out US tour to provide backing
    to revered crooner LEONARD COHEN in a tiny Manhattan, New York club.

    The group were filmed recording Cohen classic TOWER OF SONG at erotic
    cabaret lounge The Slipper Room yesterday (19MAY05) for an upcoming
    documentary about the torch singer.

    Ironically, U2 star BONO performed Cohen’s HALLELUJAH on tribute
    album TOWER OF SONG a decade ago (95).

    Bono sings a verse of Cohen’s hit while U2 provide back-up for the
    track, which will feature in the untitled LIAN LUNSON (corr) film.

    Bono and bandmate THE EDGE join JARVIS COCKER and NICK CAVE among the
    stars paying tribute to Cohen in the film.

    20/05/2005 02:36

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  13. dear , i am waitting for the miracle ! my famous singers u2 and as i call him the father of music( Sir Leonard Cohen)….hope that we will hear more and more about ’em and good luck ….Hicham SOUKKANI

  14. dear , i am waitting for the miracle ! my famous singers u2 and as i call him the father of music( Sir Leonard Cohen)….hope that we will hear more and more about ’em and good luck ….Hicham SOUKKANI

  15. To my L & B !
    A thousand thanx deep to my singers,my poetes , my Leonard & Bono ! you are the best and he who said not ! he moves his pen ! and we will helps him to correct his … I like to listen to L & B !

  16. To my L & B !
    A thousand thanx deep to my singers,my poetes , my Leonard & Bono ! you are the best and he who said not ! he moves his pen ! and we will helps him to correct his … I like to listen to L & B !

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