CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Morrissey » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:53 pm

Thanks tinderella! I'll make sure I'm there before 8 so! Can't wait!! :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Bill's Bar » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:56 pm

Hi swimmer
Yes the recitation is always a highlight , and yes he did add a few extra lines at the end which were new to me.

The screen delay was certainly off putting, with some in my company even suggesting our hero was lip synching a la Britney. :D I soon put a stop to that kind of talk. :D

It was great to meet up with the crowd from Hydra again and some new faces including some visitors from Germany.

Marie, Al, Tinderella sorry I missed you in Jury's.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the shows this week.

And by the way the meetups for the rest of the week are in the Harbourmaster Bar.
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2009: Quebec 21/5, Ottawa 26/5, Dublin 19/7,Venice 3/8, Barcelona 21/9, Nashville 5/11, St.Louis 7/11, San Jose 13/11
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby reillci » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:34 pm

Great Concert on Sunday night. I was also impressed with the O2 ..that is until the out of sync video. It was most annoying and very distracting. I rang O2 today and they did apologize but they put the blame solely on the LC production team. I wonder who was really responsible ? This hiccup was unforgivable.. they should have turned the screens off..luckily we had good seats in Block F

Ciaran Reilly,Naul , Dublin
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby jerry lee » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:06 pm

hi all,

Fully agree with the comments - amazing gig. So delicately different to the festive atmosphere of Kilmainham. Last night was a chance to enjoy and appreciate and savour the man and the musicians in the great acoustics of the venue.

I had to stop myself getting seriously pissed off with the screen though. I was in Block D and it just about didn't matter but I felt for everyone further back. Surely it's a simple simple thing to get right during the soundcheck? I was certain they would fix it during the interval. It stopped the evening being absolutely perfect.

I would love to know what exactly the problem was if there's any tech experts here, and also who stuffed up - the O2 or Cohen crew.

Could I also suggest one other thing for people opinion? I thought the camera set up was a little but unimaginative. The main camera on Leonard, Javier etc was great but the one to left of stage could not bring out the backing singers as well as it should or could and we were left with a lot of flat front-on shots. Maybe I was just hoping to admire the Webb Sisters a bit more!!!
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Birdonawire » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:13 pm

Bill's Bar wrote:

And by the way the meetups for the rest of the week are in the Harbourmaster Bar.

Hi Bill's Bar,

Just a quick question as I'm heading off for the gig in a few mins. Are people meeting in Jury's before the gig then the Harbourmaster after, or in just the Harbourmaster before gig? Any quick replies please as I'm going in a bit.

Cheers.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby tinderella » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:21 pm

Harbour master was closed on sunday so that is why they chose Jurys. I think it is the Harbourmaster for the remainder of the concerts.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Birdonawire » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:25 pm

Thanks Tinderella, just in the nick of time. Heading for bus now and can't wait for another dose of Cohen!
See you all at the Habourmaster shortly (whoever is going tonight that is).
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Womanfromaroom » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:03 pm

reillci wrote:Great Concert on Sunday night. I was also impressed with the O2 ..that is until the out of sync video. It was most annoying and very distracting. I rang O2 today and they did apologize but they put the blame solely on the LC production team. I wonder who was really responsible ? This hiccup was unforgivable.. they should have turned the screens off..luckily we had good seats in Block F

Ciaran Reilly,Naul , Dublin
The screen issue surely sounds irritating! Strange though that the LC team should be solely responsible for it, given that so far, no similar problems have been reported elsewhere and that they have always done an impeccable job... :neutral:
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby bridger15 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:05 pm

mimzo13 wrote: He wished that 'if we fall, we fall on the side of luck' and wished us blessings. What a wonderful poet, songsmith and charasmatic human being.
Does anyone remember any of the other Blessings - usually four in all - following Whither Thou Goest?

I am trying to compile LC's "Priestly Blessings" from as many concerts as possible.
Thank you to those who have already responded in other threads with a written version and youtube links.

And thanks in advance to all you lucky concert goers who were there.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Bill's Bar » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:14 pm

Hi Arlene

From what I can remember the other blessings were "the weather is getting tricky out there, so don't catch a summer cold" "the difficult one....be kind" and one to the effect that may you find peace with family and friends," but if that is not your lot, may the blessings find you in your solitude"

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Bock the Robber » Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:33 pm

I thought he was great. Enjoyed every second of it, apart from the annoying out-of-sync screens, but that's a minor quibble when in the presence of greatness.

My more detailed report is here : http://bocktherobber.com/2009/07/leonar ... n-dublin-3
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby tinderella » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:00 pm

Really lovely review Bock. You really captured the atmosphere. Thank you
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby wafflewaitress » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:12 pm

Hi all,

Wow sounds great, I lit-er-ally cannot WAIT to go now..Sounds like a bit of a bummer re the video screen though..God surely enough people will have got on to them about it and they can fix the bloomin thing?..Just such a shame for people who are totally relying on it isn't it?..

..Speaking of which, I'm in Block E which could be in the moon for all I know as I've not been to the new 02 yet..anyone know if that's a decent enough area?..Going Wednesday by the way..

Will be popping into the Harbourmaster too to see just how effective my new Lenny-worshipper radar really is... ;)
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby table top joe » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:26 pm

Im gonna have to join the chorus of moaning about the synch issue,i felt really bad for those so far back they had to rely on it,i was in the 3rd row so i was fine but it really should have been fixed,it looked like someone was having a look at it during the interval but the problem remained


Aside from that,it was another 10/10 for me,i actually thought Leonards voice was great last night apart from a shakey start with "Dance Me..",i had a terrible seat last year and didnt think the sound was loud enough but i had a great seat this year and the sound was excellent! i thought this years setlist was far better too,more of a mix of old and really old :razz: ........i was hoping for "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "The Partisan" since i got my ticket and sweet Jesus he delivered! "The Partisan" was the highlight for me,stunning and beautiful......



Kilmainham was more enjoyable for me purely because it was so exciting to see him for the first time and because he was so much greater than anyone could have imagined,but last night was a better performance imo,the band were just perfect,the year on the road has made them truly special.......Leonard and his band blow everyone else ive seen away(even Bruce Springsteen and co. last week and they were fucking amazing!)



I cant help but add that the position of my seat gave me a great view of Charley Webbs arse.....wow :oops:
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Postby Unspoken Words » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:38 pm

Just back from Dublin. Was in Jury's prior to the concert but did not meet anyone from the board!

The show did not have the complete magic and surprise of the Kilmainham concert last year (but very very close!!) when LC and the band were completely taken aback by the crowd reaction, seemed more natural and the atmosphere was truely spiritual and probably unrepeatable. The band now seem a bit tired and weary of performing the show for 3 hours at so many concerts and this was noticeable, but only slightly so, it is now partly going through the motions. They are however complete professionals.

The show was nevertheless absolutely brilliant and still breathtaking and still a once in a lifetime experience. The introduction of some new songs, in particular Famous Blue Raincoat and So Long Marianne (not played on Saturday last year) gave the performance a new freshness and LC as usual gave his heart and soul and almost appeared as if he wanted to stay on all night. It was a complete trawl through his catalogue which would have satisfied most tastes and represented great entertainment value. The artist gave more than anyone could even dream and is selfless for someone approaching 75. LC is truely true and a beautiful spirit.

I was personally transformed again by such beautiful music and words and was tearful several times.

Sitting near me was a party of people including Gay Byrne, Father Brian D'Arcy and Gabriel Byrne the actor. Brian D'Arcy was buying some of the musicians CD's at the interval so I presume he was impressed and perhaps will play them on his radio show. A government minister (Dermot Ahern) also dashed past me on his way to the toilets. Gabriel Byrne I would have suspected of being a fan as I read an interesting article by him and watched a programme on the TV when he talked about life issues. I also however have a distinct feeling that a lot of people are attending the concerts due to the feedback that attendees are giving and word of mouth but they really know very little about LC or his music.

Overall this show was excellent with just not quite the same magic as Kilmainham but then again that was special. Nevertheless it was complete magic and special and I loved every minute of it. I was in the flat seats close to the front so could watch the band direct and the screens were not important but when I did look they were off putting and made it look like LC was miming. This would have spoilt the show I am sure for others.

Roll on Belfast. I wonder can Belfast create such a good atmosphere as Dublin?

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