CONCERT REPORT: Brisbane, Australia, November 6, 2010

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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby B4real » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:36 pm

and more...
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sorry this one is blurred, but I love the sentiment and composition :)
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great feeling in this one
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it's all about the hands!!
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby neo » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:43 pm

Thank you very much for sharing your photos B4real. Nice shots and I like the colors very much!
What sad religions they want us to believe.
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby B4real » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:48 pm

and finally...
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..the last bow and goodnight!

All these photos have been posted here in chronological order of the concert.
I hope you all have enjoyed them as much as I have had pleasure in taking and presenting them. They were shot on a small 7 megapixel camera so not the best quality but the spirit is there. :) Had access to a great SLR camera but the venue wouldn't let it be used. :(

EDIT: Thanks neo :D
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby Cheshire gal » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:44 am

B4real,

Your report and the photos from the concert are really great. Glad you had a wonderful time. :D
I wonder what will happen to Mathilda. :lol:
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:06 am

From Joey -

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A warm thank you to everyone who attended the Brisbane performance; hope to see everyone again soon.
* Above Brisbane, Australia
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:17 am

B4real wrote: .....and Linda, I did blow Leonard a kiss from you (I think it landed on his left cheek) :razz: ;-)
Why thank you Bev!!! lol
Left cheek, right cheek - it's all good!!
With a razz and a wink! lol :razz: ;-) :lol: :lol:

And thanks for your recap and pictures.
Wish I had been there too. :D :D
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:36 am

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertain ... 5949338067
Last updated: November 08, 2010

Hallelujah, Another Divine Show From Leonard Cohen

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GOING strong: Leonard Cohen in concert in Brisbane.
Photo Adam Armstrong. Source: The Courier-Mail

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BELL-LIKE clarity: The Canadian singer performed for three hours at his concert in Brisbane. Photo Adam Armstrong.
Picture: Adam Armstrong Source: The Courier-Mail


HOW to top perfection? That's not possible but it can be equaled, and the Canadian master of song made it two from two at this second Brisbane show in less than two years.

If anything, his voice was even stronger and more resonant than in 2009, his delivery and diction making each word ring with bell-like clarity.

As does every note and nuance from this superb band. This is the kind of performance where everything counts, from the deeply passionate guitar contributions of Spanish virtuoso Javier Mas to the trills of sighs of Neil Larsen's Hammond organ and the delicious voices, not to mention the backflips, from the Webb sisters and Sharon Robinson.

Every detail is attended to, from the beautiful clothes to Cohen's lovingly detailed band introductions _ poetry in themselves _ and ensuring the set-list offered some extra treats for those who were present last year.

Cohen is on stage for almost three hours and not a second of it drags. At 76, he doesn't miss a note or a syllable, and his stagecraft and presence is such that he somehow makes a large arena like this one feel intimate.

The pacing of the performance might even have been superior this time: the first set begins with Dance Me to the End of Love and includes Who By Fire, with Mas's jaw-dropping scene-setter as an intro.

But the second set is unstoppable: Tower Of Song, Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy, Hallelujah, I'm Your Man, the recited 1000 Kisses Deep, with So Long Marianne and First We Take Manhattan in the encores. The 10,000 present listen in rapt silence, exploding in delight between songs, realising they are taking part in one of most memorable concerts of their lives.

In a world that obsesses over the trivial and praises the mediocre, this was something different: true greatness, depth, emotion. And all offered up with the grace and humility so frequently absent from our daily toils.

``Thank you friends for keeping my songs alive for so many years,'' Cohen tells the audience. No one here is in any doubt they will go on living, even when he and we are gone.
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby RickD » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:19 am

brilliant night - thanks Jarkko for the opportunity through the website for the best seats.

A few people claiming front row middle - amazingly they were actually two empty seats! (we were next to them though :) )
I noticed just as LC was getting started on Avalanche, Bob Metzger started coming onto the stage, presumably to play Sisters of Mercy. When he realised that Leonard was actually playing Avalanche, he very quickly turned around and walked back off-stage. Now, if your band doesn't even expect it ... I guess that counts as a spontaneous addition
the girls had started waking back on and Leonard just gave them a very small wave and they moved back and sat by the keyboards - very spur of the moment. Leonard seemed very "up" all night - lots of little nods, smiles and winks to the others - maybe it was just that we were close enough to notice!
to the haughty middle-aged guy sitting next to her who insisted that she stop taking photos about 7 or 8 songs into the concert.
wasn't me :) , but I nearly said something to the two women down the front who had to discuss the lighting and other photographic details (loudly) in the middle of songs like Suzanne!

All in all as good a night as can be had.

Thank you, Leonard et al.
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby wombat writer » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:05 pm

dce wrote: I'm happy to arrange a lanyard for your mum (and for anyone else from the forum who PMs me or tracks me down at a concert -- right now I am travelling with a few to each show, just in case). See my post on this thread for some ideas on arranging logistics:

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Thanks so much Dean. I will be in contact.
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:08 pm

Some video from Brisbane -

Uploaded by "che2000000" - Thanks!

"Leonard Cohen Brisbane (Welcome)"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6rp_Rxsso0

"Hallelujah" (short clip)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzYms-C7Beg&

"Leonard Cohen (Goodnight)" - a great slow motion clip of Leonard skipping offstage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGf9OU30BvU
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby Susy » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:41 pm

So nice...Matilda found his (her :o ) Master

B4real, your closeup pics are so beautiful, thanks for sharing with all of us :D
Greetings ... Susanne
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby wombat writer » Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:30 pm

RickD wrote:A few people claiming front row middle - amazingly they were actually two empty seats! (we were next to them though :) )
As a writer, I can't help but wonder about those empty seats...what happened that was so terrible as to prevent two people from turning up to the concert of a lifetime? Life is a mystery. I was very close to the centre but I did have to twist my head sometimes (usually when Leonard was kneeling) to get a clear view around the cameraman.
RickD wrote:wasn't me :) , but I nearly said something to the two women down the front who had to discuss the lighting and other photographic details (loudly) in the middle of songs like Suzanne!
I am so with you there. Luckily, I was so lost in 'Suzanne' that I must have tuned them out, otherwise I probably would have lost my temper.
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby B4real » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:35 pm

I drove to work this morning in absolute silence. I wanted nothing to disturb my thoughts. The occasional monotonous clicking of the turn blinkers and the humming of the engine and the road under my wheels were the only sounds. I usually have one of Leonard’s CD’s surrounding me to greet the morning, but not today.

I think I am starting to come down to reality again. Saturday night’s concert was such a high. Trouble is the higher you go the further you fall. On a more positive note, in the long run, “it is better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all”……to have experienced something so unique and beyond words than to have never had a chance to do so even though you know that it must end.

You look forward for almost a year to just three hours of a world few even get to dream about let alone enter…..and then it’s gone!! You wonder how a few hours could make you say and feel things you would not normally make public but here I am, doing just that!........HELP Dr H Guy :shock: :cry:

Now, I am no stranger to Leonard’s words or concert lines. I know every line of every song by heart. I have untold audio and video of him which I constantly play. But when he sang those same songs at the concert it seemed as if I heard them yet again but in a different light. Such is the magic he and they conjure up.

I have a sneaky suspicion that most all who see Leonard feel this way after a concert. :)

From Joey -
A warm thank you to everyone who attended the Brisbane performance; hope to see everyone again soon.
A return thank you to Joey and all the UHTC crew for all the unseen work they do 8) ....and the last part of his quote is very interesting "hope to see everyone again soon" :D

Anyway, back to the Brisbane concert itself. A small detail that was not spoken about was that during Take This Waltz Leonard sings "I want you, I want you, I want you" as "Te Caro, Te Caro, Te Caro" singing the words to Javier Mas.

Susy, I'm glad you liked my photos and maybe Matilda has found some new friends backstage ;-)

Cheshire gal, I'm also happy that my photos and words pleased you :D Maybe I should just call the kangaroo Mat or Walt. I think he could be as above.
Funny thing I have just realised, is that when I tossed him it was at the end of Take This Waltz (ing Matilda) :razz:

Thanks Linda, I wish you had been here too :)

.....and I am also now the proud owner of a new unified heart T-Shirt, a unified heart silver ring, a unified heart silver medallion and a programme for 2010. :D

All in all, a concert to remember and cherish for more reasons than one. :D
Be for real. Free yourself to find the real Self ~~ Me
Happiness is like learning the violin, the more you practice it the more it comes to you ~~ Me
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby Cheshire gal » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:32 pm

B4real,

I can well imagine how you feel after the Concert. I know I will feel the same after my first experience in just four short weeks. You watch the videos and listen to the songs but to actually be there to see them sung. Well, that is something else :D :D
You made me feel the experience with your words. Thank you.
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Re: CONCERT THREAD: Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:44 pm

Bev - when I was reading your recap, I had sort of wondered if Matilda had arrived on stage during "Take This Waltz." :lol: :D

Congratulations about the silver medallion - and especially the silver Unified Heart ring. They really are special. :D :D

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