Ken Hensley talks about an encounter with Leonard Cohen in 1972. „I remember this encounter as if it was yesterday, only I can’t remember the exact date“. If one compares the tour plans of Uriah Heep & Leonard Cohen, both Leonard Cohen and Uriah Heep played in Munich in 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1976, both often in the legendary location „Circus Krone Bau“. And in fact, it must have been April 10-11, 1972 when the encounter took place. These are the only tour dates on which Uriah Heep and Leonard Cohen stayed at the same time in Munich to give a concert; Author’s note).
P.S.: The reason for this conversation was the publication of Uriah Heep’s “50 Years In Rock” complilation on 30th of October 2020, which of course also includes the band’s anthem #LADY_IN_BACK. A fortnight after this interview, which was one of the last Ken Hensley ever gave, the agencies reported on November 5th, 2020: „Ken Hensley“ died „unexpectedly“ on November 4th, 2020 at the age of 75. His brother Trevor confirmed this in a Facebook post. He did not comment on the cause of death. He wrote: „I write this with a heavy heart to let you know that my brother Ken Hensley died peacefully Wednesday night. His beautiful wife, Monica, was by his side, helping Ken in his last minutes. We are all devastated by.“ this tragic and incredibly unexpected loss and we ask you to give us some space and time to deal with it. Ken is being cremated at a private ceremony in Spain so please don’t ask for information about a funeral. Ken has left but he will never be forgotten and will always stay in our hearts. Take care out there.
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