Leonard and the Rice Paddy
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
What we have here is a study in contrasts. You could call it old vs. new, youth vs. experience, or even the future vs. the past. On a purely sartorial level, however, we would just call this pic of Irish nouveau-folkie Damien Rice and Canadian-born singer/songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen good vs. bad.
At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's gala at the Waldorf-Astoria the other night, the great Cohen was inducted into that dubious institution. Rice performed one of Cohen's songs in tribute; he should have borrowed Cohen's classic evening clothes as well.
Whereas Cohen came across as the dignified Old Master, Rice looked like an overgrown schoolboy. With his lobster-like complexion, surely someone could have advised him to steer clear of the cranberry velvet.
Elsewhere at the gala, Iggy Pop eschewed above-the-waist clothing altogether; thank god Rice didn't choose to mimic him.
- Jared Paul Stern