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CONCERT REPORTS: Montreal (June 23, 24, and 25)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:10 am
by VELOVERMONT
Every Leonard Cohen's performance up to now,according to this site's posts, has generated fans enthousiasm if not outright adulation.

Accordingly,there will certainly be something very special and unique in the air when Leonard enters the scene at Place des Arts on june 23rd and is greeted in the city he was born in and where he grew up.

I can hardly wait for that magic moment when 3000 fans will raise in unisson and welcome their favorite son coming back home !

It has been announced that at the end of Montreal's Jazz Festival, a tribute evening dedicated to Leonard Cohen will be held on an outside stage, many well known performers singing Leonard's song.These outside performances, on a nice evening, can gather up to 50,000 persons.Seemingly Leonard will not be present, but he will appear on a giant screen singing three songs OFFICIALLY RECORDED during his june 23rd show.

I just hope that not only three songs,but the whole show will have been recorded,eventually to be released as a DVD.

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:10 pm
by Gregor
VELOVERMONT wrote:Every Leonard Cohen's performance up to now,according to this site's posts, has generated fans enthousiasm if not outright adulation.

Accordingly,there will certainly be something very special and unique in the air when Leonard enters the scene at Place des Arts on june 23rd and is greeted in the city he was born in and where he grew up.

I can hardly wait for that magic moment when 3000 fans will raise in unisson and welcome their favorite son coming back home !

It has been announced that at the end of Montreal's Jazz Festival, a tribute evening dedicated to Leonard Cohen will be held on an outside stage, many well known performers singing Leonard's song.These outside performances, on a nice evening, can gather up to 50,000 persons.Seemingly Leonard will not be present, but he will appear on a giant screen singing three songs OFFICIALLY RECORDED during his june 23rd show.

I just hope that not only three songs,but the whole show will have been recorded,eventually to be released as a DVD.
This somthing to look foward to and will be cherished by All
G

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:37 pm
by Judy
Gregor wrote:
VELOVERMONT wrote: It has been announced that at the end of Montreal's Jazz Festival, a tribute evening dedicated to Leonard Cohen will be held on an outside stage, many well known performers singing Leonard's song.These outside performances, on a nice evening, can gather up to 50,000 persons.Seemingly Leonard will not be present, but he will appear on a giant screen singing three songs OFFICIALLY RECORDED during his june 23rd show.
G
This is going to be shown on French TV the "Arte" channel, July 14th at 10.40 pm (French time :D)

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:05 pm
by VELOVERMONT
Judy wrote:
Gregor wrote:
VELOVERMONT wrote: It has been announced that at the end of Montreal's Jazz Festival, a tribute evening dedicated to Leonard Cohen will be held on an outside stage, many well known performers singing Leonard's song.These outside performances, on a nice evening, can gather up to 50,000 persons.Seemingly Leonard will not be present, but he will appear on a giant screen singing three songs OFFICIALLY RECORDED during his june 23rd show.
G
This is going to be shown on French TV the "Arte" channel, July 14th at 10.40 pm (French time :D)
Nice preview for the Nice Cohen's performance !

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:29 pm
by ang
just a correction . . while the jazz fest continues until july 6, the leonard cohen tribute will be held on june 26:

http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/Fijm200 ... showId=588

also, 50,000 people is probably an understatement, i think at the paul simon tribute 2 years ago the crowd was
estimated to be twice that. make sure to get there early!

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:02 am
by Darling
There's a thread for the tribute show:

http://leonardcohenforum.com/viewtopic. ... 2d51a18ec7

Although a lot of it is Tchocolatelt and me fooling around, there is also some information...

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:33 am
by dick
Hi Guys

Hope you have seen the meetup info in the pretour thread

After concerts mon, tues, wed, and thurs, see us at the Holiday Inn Midtown

Look forward very much to sharing some time with you!

Dick

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:18 pm
by VELOVERMONT
In an interview published in Montreal's La Presse newspaper on june 14th, Leonard has good words for Jarkko.
See my post in :News," Leonard Cohen pays tribute to Jarkko."

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:27 pm
by VELOVERMONT
LEONARD COHEN FRONT PAGE STAR
Click the following URL to see today's front page of Montreal newspaper Le Devoir.
The URL may not be valid anymore on Monday

http://www.ledevoir.com/

Once on the site,click : " La une"

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:58 am
by Mark J
As much as we've heard about the similarity between shows, I can't help but feel that the hometown crowd is going to mean something special for Mr. Cohen. The venue itself is a ten minute walk from "our lady of the harbour" and about 15 minutes from his current Montreal residence.

6 years ago, when I had to choose a city for grad school, Leonard Cohen had a lot to do with me coming to Montreal. I never thought I'd see him performing downtown. I'll give a predictably awe-struck review tomorrow evening.

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:15 pm
by jdhayes
Went to see Leonard twice in Dublin. I can only say that you have a real treat in store.He has improved with age. Any volunteer to show an Irish fan around the Leonard sites of Montreal if I visit?

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:34 pm
by lilyrose
How I've longed for him all these years and now he finally came back home, to sing for me too. I will see/hear him tomorrow.


"My heart is <not> like ice." I love you, Leonard. (blush)

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:12 am
by VELOVERMONT
I am borrowing Rod Stewart's words : "TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT" when Leonard and Montreal reunite !
A homecoming surely to be remembered.

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:22 am
by stfa
Well?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Re: MONTREAL (JUNE 23-25)

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:02 am
by dick
Oh My God!

It should not be possible to continue just getting better and better, but that's my take on the lovefest in Montreal last night.

This time the concert stretched to nearly 3-1/2 hours --- Avalance, Sisters of Mercy, Famous Blue Raincoat, Whither Thou Goest, plus the full setlist for the tour, before a packed house of adoring fans. Leonard and band performed to perfection.

A previous poster noted that a benefit would be the rest of your life recalling and being able to state ... "I was there." I believe that to be totally true.

Jack,Tish, and Manna fed us to perfection to start -- and many were able to share snacks and drinks after, but it was the Show that will live forever in my mind.

Sincere thank you's to the entire enterprise that made tonight possible.

dick