CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Maarten » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:22 pm

Ok,
Please all of you: crab a paper and a pencil and write down ten times:
"Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten"

Everybody keeps misspelling my name... :roll:

Take care,
Maarten

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2009 New York | Cologne | Antwerp | Venice | Colmar | Barcelona | Las Vegas | San José
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Womanfromaroom » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:53 pm

Poor Maarten! ;-) I know, I have a name made for misspelling, too...

Tinkie,

IF the banana wasn't intended for Leonard, but for "the" monkey, the monkey has the plywood violin with him! The monkey's name is Fred; cf. here: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=14413
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Mabeanie1 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:32 pm

A few impressions from a visitor to your city, if I may:

* It was wonderful to meet so many people from the forum: Maarten, once again (sorry I didn't get to say hello to your parents again though), Midnight Choir, Nicholas, PE and so many others.

* I have never been in such a hot venue in my life! Don't they have air conditioning in that place? Leonard and the band were melting before our very eyes (and we weren't doing much better) .... My husband said he thought Leonard looked tired and near collapse at times. If he was I'm sure it was down to the intense heat and nothing else.

* As I've written elsewhere, I was very moved by the dedication of the show to Yasmine's memory. I enjoyed the CD that was played before the show started then I realised who it was after Leonard dedicated the show to her.

* What a wonderful atmosphere there was throughout the show, despite the heat. Everyone was there to enjoy the concert, not just to drink beer or have an evening out. (A welcome change from Berlin, where I was surrounded by talkers and people out to party). Was it my imagination or was the whole crowd singing along for some of the songs?

* I loved the spontaneous ovations that built momentum and echoed around the arena 2 or 3 times during the evening. I can't remember ever hearing the foot stamping at any previous shows, and I have been to rather a lot now.

* It was truly special hearing The Partisan being played to a Belgian audience. The crowd on Saturday night truly understood what the song was about and felt every word. Mesmerising!

I hope I'm wrong but I doubt if the Uk shows will be able to match Antwerp for atmosphere.

Wendy
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby GiMi53 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:23 pm

Indeed singing The Partisan (with some parts in French as you know) in the home city of Vlaams Blok is audacious... but the audience appreciated religiously.
I also noticed a few words in Dutch 2 songs later in Halleluyah !

Thank you Mr Cohen for this memorable concert, I will never forget this evening... thank you, thank you, thank you !
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Tinkie » Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:35 pm

Maarten wrote:Ok,
Please all of you: crab a paper and a pencil and write down ten times:
"Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten", "Maarten"

Everybody keeps misspelling my name... :roll:

Take care,
Maarten
Ok Maarten - I got it now - wrote your name down the requested ten times - now I will also try to say it correctly next time we meet in Barcelona :-))) sorry for this ....
Tinkie

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby naf nehoC dranoeL » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:15 pm

Again a salut to Maarten.
Nice meeting you and your parents and the wonderful town of Antwerpen.
We (Hans and Daniella) met you when accidently sitting a table beside your family in the Time-Out.
Later again after the concert, when leaving the same place.
Thanks for the pictures you showed above.
Your enthusiasm and support for Leonard Cohen's performances are unmatched for a youngster like you.
Keep this open mind for the rest of your life.
It will benefit you for ever after.
If I were to wear a hat, I would take it of and bow to you.
Groeten aan je ouders en wens hen sterkte met het vinden van een nieuwe hobby.
Zal niet eenvoudig zijn.

The Antwerpen concert was amazing.
So long Marianne must have been sung along by at least half of the audience.
I am still replaying the concert time after time in my head.

Thanks for all the youtube contributions so far.

Mr. Cohen I really think you have no clue as to how many lifes on this planet you have touched and influenced. There ain't no cure TO YOU !
I would gladly meet a formidable person like you again in a new 2010 tour.
But with all due respect, if you would choose to relax on some tropical island for the rest of your days, go ahead by all means. You deserve the best.

Thanks to all performers on- and backstage.



Any one got an idea at how to submit some one for the Noble Prize in literature?

Kind regards to all Cohenists
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Maarten » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:04 am

Here's the Antwrep setlist: ;-)
Setlist Antwerp - July 4 2009 (small).jpg
Maarten

I'm thinking about making a collection of all these setlists aswell... So please send all your high resolution scans of the original setlists.
I know quite a few have already been posted here...
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby ladydi » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:45 pm

Ingrid wrote:
I posted more videos from Leonard on youtube, first time in Brugge as well as from Brussels. You find them when you surch under the following name " Leonard Cohen tainaingrid" and then you have all the videos. Some are quite good and some are a bit lessof quality . It's not easy with a small photocamera,but I did the best I could. With the final, " Whither thou Goest" we just had the chance to stand in front of the stage, great, great,great! Will he ever come back again? I hope so, he's so sublime,
Greetings, Ingrid
Hi Ingrid, Your "Whither Thou Goest" video is so wonderful and thank you for sharing it us! You can almost feel the heat emanating from the bodies of everyone. So special to see Roscoe with his son! Leonard seemed to introduce even more of the crew than usual.....even using Joey Carenza's whole name plus the "third"! The dedication to Yasmine was also a lovely thing to do. And, you even captured the banana incident at the start :D ! I wonder who threw it? I'm sure it was meant as a little gift for Fred who we hope to see a photo of very soon! ;-)

All the best,
Diana
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby sien » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:17 pm

thank you maarten for your nice pics!
always fine one can rely on a good photographer!!!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby ladydi » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:19 pm

Hi everyone,

Well, I have just viewed Ingrid's YouTube once again and have a VERY important question! Loved the look on Leonard's face when he picked up the banana from the stage, BUT, although the video is a little shaky at the start.....was that by any chance FRED with Rosecoe's son?????? Perhaps it's just wishful thinking but the size and the colour sure looks like the back of our little Fred. Wendy said she had no sighting of Fred in Berlin or Antwerp but perhaps she might have missed him at the end. Help!

Diana
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Davido » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:53 pm

Diana,
I have just watched Ingrid's videos - good stuff.
I must say that during 'whither thou goest' the 'object' that looks like Fred (same colour/size etc) is, I think, the flower/s that are passed to Sharon Robinson. You can see them more clearly, in Sharon's left hand, a little later in the video.
However this made me wonder whether Fred/his minder still visited the forum...and sure enough 'The Monkey' last visited on 6 July?! ... so he's still around!
Dave
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby ladydi » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:57 pm

Thanks Dave,

Pretty brownish looking flowers ;-) but perhaps they were drooping in the heat! Perhaps I was just getting my hopes up at seeing the little guy. There have been a couple of "off-stage" sightings. He is sometimes perched for a short time on equipment just off stage right.....and usually it seems that "someone" may be taking a photo of him. Yes, I do think Fred and his person (sad, isn't it...I'm referring to Fred like a real person!) do drop by! Hopefully we'll have some photos soon.

Thanks for the heads up on the flowers!
Diana
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby boroman » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:26 pm

Hi Everyone
My first contribution to the forum , I`m sure my offering is far from perfect and it`s all been said before.
I am in reality a practical and non - spiritual person in my fifties but LC still strikes a chord inside with his words and music , moving me close to tears at times and I even get moist eyes reading the forum.
Although I have been a follower for many years I didn`t think I would see the great man live.However my wife and I made it to Birmingham last year and followed up with Antwerp this year.
I thought Antwerp started a little flat but the second half was superb as the interaction between Leonard , the band and the audience seemed to grow and grow.
Contrary to other coments I didn`t see Leonard fatigued , rather he was energetic , enthusiastic and even impish at times ( not bad at 74 ).
Love LC , love the forum.
Kind Regards
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Mabeanie1 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:40 pm

Davido wrote:Diana,
I have just watched Ingrid's videos - good stuff.
I must say that during 'whither thou goest' the 'object' that looks like Fred (same colour/size etc) is, I think, the flower/s that are passed to Sharon Robinson. You can see them more clearly, in Sharon's left hand, a little later in the video.

Dave
I happened to have the data stick with my Antwerp photos on in my bag so I checked the Whither Thou Goest shots. Sorry but there is definitely no sign of Fred; as Dave says, the object is a small bouquet of roses in some sort of coloured cellophane held in Sharon's left hand. For what it's worth, there is no sign of any wilt. I was going to post the photo but I have no technology here to blank out Roscoe's son's face and I don't feel it is my place to post a photograph of him on a public forum.

Good to know that Fred still visits us Dave!

Wendy
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Antwerp, July 4

Postby Tomas » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:49 pm

I loved the Antwerp show a lot, it was my second LC gig.
the first was the unforgetable intimate show in Brugge last year.
I never heard a band sound so good at the Sportpaleis.
It was nice to see younger (I'm 25) people at the venue.

I want to see the show again... :D

ps. Is there a recording (torrent) of this show?

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