I am back from the first show. It was a pleasant trip
Re: the songs, Chelsea Hotel was great in new arrangements, in FULL BAND VERSION (not solo as on previous tours!) - it sounded as the hybrid between Take This Waltz and I'm Your Man, and without the guitar, supported by his band, Leonard really sang it. I particularly liked how he raised his voice in emotion during the verse "But you went away, didn't you babe". Now it sounds like and old goldie love song : )))
The atmosphere on Monday was great, powerful and full of dignity. The hall itself is amazing; and it was great to see it completely full, up to the standing gallery under the dome.
Btw, Leonard had to cut the show, UK has the strict curfew at 11pm
. There were some papers on the walls near band entrances, with schedule - the last line was "23:00 CURFEW". That's why Leonard talked very little, shortened the introductions, and didn't wait much for the encores, but coming back immediately (for 3 programmed returns to the stage). He couldn't add any extra songs, although the setlist I picked up from the floor had them listed, beside the expected encores.
PS. Tinderella, you left out Tom(s) - I wouldn't mind, but there were two of us! I'm sure you fogot about me, but the other one? ....