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CONCERT REPORT: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:35 pm
by Charal
Leonard Cohens concert 29.10.08 at the Festhalle Frankfurt,
3 hours, all his huge songs ... and ... and it was so great ... peaceful, happy and extremly satisfied people ... please come back to Germany next year ...
Thanks Leonard
Charal

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:07 pm
by Womanfromaroom
Setlist please! :-)

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:26 pm
by Henning
I think this the setlist. I don't go to concerts to remember the setlist, but I think this is it:

1st Set
Dance me to the end of love
The Future
Ain't no cure for love
Bird on the wire
Everybody knows
In my secret life
Who by fire
Heart with no Companion
Hey, that's no way to say good bye
Anthem

2nd set
Tower of song
Suzanne
Gypsy wife
The Partisan
Boogie Street
Hallelujah
Democracy
I'm your man
Take this waltz

1.Encore
So long, Marianne
First we take Manhattan
2.Encore
Famous Blue Raincoat
If it be your will
Closing time
3.Encore
I tried to leave you
Whither thou goest

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:45 pm
by Henning
I think the arrangements are getting better and better, especially Dino is experimenting successfully. The audience was a bit lame in the beginning. But when the crowd moved towards the stage for the enchores there was the same enthusiasm as everywhere. Leonard got a big extra applause when a blind man with his stick moved towards the tight standing crowd at the end and handed Leonard a CD Cover to sign. First we take Manhatten had already started, Leonard took the sleeve from the man, layed it down to his feet, sang the first lines of the song and when the ladies sang their part, he kneeled down, signed the cover and handed it back to the man, who was waiting patiently. Another great comment at the end at Whither thou ghost when he said "Be lucky as Volkswagen". Due to the weird operations at the stock market, Volkswagen shares had exploded the days before. I wish that Volkswagen share holders one day will find the same happiness as the Leonard Cohen fans.

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:43 pm
by JakeBarnes
I was at the Frankfurt concert last night (29 Oct). I'd seen Lenny in Dublin on the Saturday (14 June), so it was interesting to compare the concerts.

Most critically, he did five classic songs in Frankfurt that he didn't do in Dublin; 'Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye,' 'The Partisan,'(ho ho, bit cheeky playing in Germany a song about the French Resistance to grandpa, though I'd love to hear him do it in Paris), 'Heart With No Companion,' 'So Long, Marianne,' and 'Famous Blue Raincoat.' All were excellent renditions.

In Frankfurt he DIDN''T do 'Waiting For The Miracle' (which frankly I found plodding in Dublin), and his wonderful spoken-word 'A Thousand Kisses Deep' which really blew me away in Dublin. Maybe he figured a non-native English speaking crowd might not follow it.

While an excellent concert, I was surprised that Lenny was much less effusive in Frankfurt than Dublin. He did the first five (or six?) songs without saying ONE WORD to the audience. He finally thanked the audience, then went into another song. He warmed considerably as the concert continued, but he seemed more...relaxed, having a better time, in Ireland. Maybe he was tired last night, maybe it was the dreary cold German weather; certainly that clear evening outside in Dublin with a much bigger audience was very special and might have contributed. But there was nothing like Lenny saying how honored he was to be accepted in Dublin, the city of poets and artists, etc.

That said, as the night progressed there was a real opening up, both from the crowd and Lenny -- at one point the lights went up and there was this five-minute standing ovation, and you could just feel the love and respect radiating through the audience.

Overall, great experience, and very glad I saw Lenny again. Now, where's that new album?

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:54 pm
by Henning
Jake - what did you think about the venue ? It stretches very much into the rear and thus it might be harder to create some compact atmosphere but I thought it has a nice ceiling constrcution. I've been there before only once for a Neil Young concert in 2001.

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:33 pm
by hydriot
Henning wrote: ... when a blind man with his stick moved towards the tight standing crowd at the end and handed Leonard a CD Cover to sign.
Hang on. Am I missing something? This sounds like a really surreal moment ... for of what use is an autograph to a blind man???

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:44 pm
by Henning
Dunno - for whatever reason. It was a touching moment when Leonard returned the piece and both their arms were stretched out and it took a while until their hands matched. When they finally did there were only a few seconds left until Leonard had to catch up with the song again. Perfect timing with well deserved extra applause.

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:21 pm
by tommylen
No avalanche in the set list?

Any explanation?

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:04 pm
by Heike
I'm still enchanted by the wonderful Frankfurt concert :D .

Despite the cold and rainy weather, there was a feeling of warmth radiating through the Festhalle from the very first song.

It was great to hear Leonard sing "The Partisan", which in my view reflected how the perception of Germany has - fortunately - changed over the past decades. It received a very warm reception from the audience.

I loved the standing ovation following "Hallelujah", and it was not surprising that people were rushing to the front for the encores. Everyone wanted to be close to the miracle that happened.

Thank you, Leonard, we will definitely walk another mile with you!

And a big thanks to abulafia for the front-row ticket :D !

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:58 pm
by Heike
And here is the review from Frankfurter Rundschau (in German):

http://www.fr-online.de/in_und_ausland/ ... -Herz.html

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:07 am
by frankmutter
Dear all,
I met the blind man on the way back home in the train. He asked everybody for help to change a train. When he stepped out the train, he had a ticket for another concert of a german songwriter.
Quite a night. Lenny way brilliant.
Saw him many years ago. in Frankfurt, Mannheim , Amsterdam and...

swimming together in Hydra.

All good things,
Frank

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:46 am
by tigrib
Heike wrote:And here is the review from Frankfurter Rundschau (in German):

http://www.fr-online.de/in_und_ausland/ ... -Herz.html

ich bin schon gespannt auf Hamburg morgen und Oberhausen am Sonntag :D

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:35 am
by abulafia
tommylen wrote:No avalanche in the set list?

Any explanation?
Regarding the setlist on the stage (see the picture) it could have been played - but I'm very, very happy with the "Partisan", since I didn't see it before and liked a lot!
Heike wrote:
And a big thanks to abulafia for the front-row ticket :D !
You`re very welcome... I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Re: Frankfurt, October 29

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:39 am
by MarieM
The incident with the blind gentleman was captured on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8SgxbupSOM