CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:14 pm

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Australia, thanks and good night.
* NIB Stadium - Perth, Australia
http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/post/167 ... ib-stadium

And a big thanks to Joey for great the great pictures today and throughout the entire Australian/New Zealand tour.
And Happy Thanksgiving to Leonard and all the Yankees - and whoever celebrates - in the UHTC.
And safe travels back to North America! :D :D :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:23 pm

From Twitter -
empatt Emily Patterson - Lucky last minute tix to Leonard Cohen. The sound is sublime for the weather http://twitpic.com/39plpa
smcdonald212 Samuel McDonald - Leonard Cohen in concert = awesomeness + tears :) dansimmo1 Daniel Simpson
@CateP36 he's belting it out http://yfrog.com/06eseubj
dansimmo1 Daniel Simpson - Half time at Leonard Cohen. Pretty damn good
rosiegreenham Rosemary Greenham - Leonard Cohen and his awesome band made Perth the best place on the planet for a few hours...
Aneliz Ann Sims - been to Leonard Cohen concert - (still there....!!) Was just wonderful...
SuperFlange Ang K - Leonard Cohen made me cry. Twice. #thatisall #girlfeelingsihavethem
JHB_34 Justin Braine - Leonard Cohen is amazing. Thank You for coming to Perth! See you in London soon!!
Pikeletmusic Evelyn Morris - I can't believe the leonard cohen tour is over. Such a life changer.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby dce » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:47 pm

A Perfect End To A Wonderful Tour

I'm just back from witnessing Leonard's generous and inspiring performance at the nib Stadium in Perth. This performance, which I am sure I will be writing much more about over the coming day or so, was as close to perfection as I think I have witnessed at a Cohen concert ... and I don't say that lightly. It was a combination of factors that made it a great night. Leonard was in rare playful form, everyone in the band was giving their absolute top-notch performance -- including Leonard on guitar, who I thought reached deep down and pulled out something special for this last show.

There was a definite sense that this was Leonard's thank you to Australian and New Zealand audiences who have greeted him so warmly throughout the whole tour ... and the Perth audience were the ones privileged enough to enjoy the thank you gift.

There were a couple of very notable features of this concert (everything else will have to wait for the full report);

1. Still no Sharon ... I guess she's probably already back home in LA by now

2. Readers of my reports will know that I have been tracking the changing introduction that Leonard gives to Rafael during Anthem. You know, the bit about "laying it down and bringing it home." This has been evolving over time ... and has really chronicled a changing relationship between Rafael and "it" (whatever it is). Initially the relationship was simple enough, then he started clipping its toenails ... and for one show he clipped its fingernails. More recently again, Rafael was "feeding it warm milk." Well, tonight we got the shocking conclusion to the dramatic tale of Rafael and "it". Tonight's intro:
"A sculptor of silence. Laying it down, bringing it home, putting it to bed, clipping its toenails, smothering it with a pillow, going to jail, joining the Aryan Brotherhood, later converting to Judaism, later losing his faith, spending the remainder of his days working in a half-way house for destroyed vegetarians ... the Regent of Restraint, the Prince of Passionate Precision, Rafael Bernado Gayol!"
3. The stanzas that Leonard recites during A Thousand Kisses Deep don't really change much. I noted a while back that a couple of extra lines snuck into one or two performances. But tonight we had several different lines being substituted ... in fact a complete different ending to the poem. Everything was as per the version normally performed, right up until the second iteration of the lines about "his second-hand physique", after that the rest of the recital was:
Don't matter if the road is long
Don't matter if it's steep
Don't matter if the moon goes out
And the Darkness is complete

Don't matter if we lose out way
It's written that we'll meet
At least that's what I heard you say
A Thousand Kisses Deep
At least in my little world of following Leonard's concert performances (maybe yours too?), these last two variations of the normal performance are HUGE news!


Dean (from Adelaide)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby Fontana » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:53 pm

sturgess66 wrote:Image
Australia, thanks and good night.
* NIB Stadium - Perth, Australia
http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/post/167 ... ib-stadium

And a big thanks to Joey for the great pictures!
Yes, BIG thanks to Joey. :)

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^^Hope you and the crew are now relaxing and enjoying a few more glasses of our *Grange*.

Cheers,
xx
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:13 pm

And Fontana - I just edited my post above to add -

And a big thanks to Joey for great the great pictures today and throughout the entire Australian/New Zealand tour.
And Happy Thanksgiving to Leonard and all the Yankees - and whoever celebrates - in the UHTC.
And safe travels back to North America! :D :D :D

And I'll add - it's been nice traveling downunder *virtually." :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby dce » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:18 pm

Photos from Perth (24 November)

Aproaching nib Stadium ... with generously overflowing merch stand in foreground:
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Before the support act went on, I spotted Roscoe making a brief visit to the stage ... out of uniform. I guess this was before they hit wardrobe:
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Another in the Classic Black & White portrait series -- Roscoe:
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Not long after the sun went down, I noticed that Venus was very clear overhead thanks to a cloudless sky. This let me line up this shot with two different types of stars sharing the one photo (and before anyone corrects me, yes I know that Venus isn't a star ... it's poetic license, ok):
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I mentioned in a concert report a couple of weeks back (it might have been Brisbane) that Dino does some interesting little detail parts in Anthem. Here's him playing a Rain Stick:
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Tonight when Leonard sang "I stepped into an Avalanche", 11000 Western Australians followed him in:
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The band sing Hallelujah bathed in a halo of light:
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I've been trying to get this shot at every single concert ... finally I got lucky. Here's an action photo of Rafael flinging his drumstick into the air at the crescendo of I Tried To Leave You:
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:52 pm

Some video already - hope this bodes as a good sign that there will be more. :D

Uploaded by "khstalker" - Thanks!

"Famous Blue Raincoat" Partial - great audio - starting with beautiful harmonica solo by Dino
"The enemy is sleeping, the woman is free - yah"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSE6scpK57I
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:24 am

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"Hallelujah"
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby Mabeanie1 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:37 am

Dean

Thank you SO much for your concert reports - and for this one in particular. It was wonderful to meet you last night and to share your take on the concert.

I thought the show set off at a cracking pace with everyone on stage, including Leonard, really enjoying themselves and ready for a few last night hi-jinks. The second half was a bit more all business because of the impending curfew. The cold was also taking its toll with both Webbs well wrapped up in scarfs and gloves from Sisters of Mercy onwards. It's astonishing how quickly Perth transforms itself from hot and sunny in the day to dark and very breezy in the evening. However, Avalanche and the recitation of A Thousand Kisses Deep alone were worth the entrance money. Oh, and Rafael's introduction .....

One final thought. We were disappointed that Sharon was not there but most of all we were concerned that she may be unwell once again. Take care Sharon.

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby Sonoflaren » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:34 am

What a beautiful & moving concert the Perth concert of 24th November was. Leonard in full voice and the standard of his group was very high as always. Loved it all particularly some of the classics like Hallelujah, Sisters of Mercy, Marianne, etc, etc, etc. It was all very moving.

We were overseas when Leonard toured Perth earlier this year and were ecstatic when we found out that he was coming back in November.
We are also fans of Sharon Robinson. I know she had a chest infection some time ago. Is that the reason she was not in Perth?

Thank you Leonard. We hope you come back to Perth some time.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby RickD » Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:20 am

http://www.perthnow.com.au/entertainmen ... 5960981227



"Cohen's frequent collaborator Sharon Robinson was notably absent, said to be laid up in an Adelaide hospital suffering from appendicitis."
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:26 am

Video uploaded by "bianquita1" - Thanks!

"If It Be Your Will"
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Re: THE PARTISAN, Perth Concert Nov 24, 2010

Postby Greg Ross » Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:32 am

Salutations people

The only video I had time to shoot, is this very amateurish clip of THE PARTISAN ... a bit of a teaser, for you see I shot 1,134 photos and I'm flat out, like a lizard drinking editing them. Hopefully, in a few hours, I'll post a Facebook link to an album of the best ones. I htne plan to put them into a video clip with music for everyone's enjoyment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DrH_nR9S3o

I haven't had time to write a review yet - Ann and I spent time with Forum member Dean (from Adelaide) this morning, I will write one, suffice to say, this Perth concert was in mnay ways quite different to the concert at Sandalford - where the Sandalford concert was best described as spiritual, this concert was fun - you could see (and hear from Leonard's quips), that he was very relaxed and enjoying himself. More later.
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Re: THE PARTISAN, Perth Concert Nov 24, 2010

Postby dce » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:18 pm

Greg Ross wrote:Salutations people

I haven't had time to write a review yet - Ann and I spent time with Forum member Dean (from Adelaide) this morning, I will write one, suffice to say, this Perth concert was in mnay ways quite different to the concert at Sandalford - where the Sandalford concert was best described as spiritual, this concert was fun - you could see (and hear from Leonard's quips), that he was very relaxed and enjoying himself. More later.
Can I just take this opportunity to offer ENORMOUS thanks to Greg and Ann, who were kind enough to spend most of this morning showing me around the lobbys of all the best Perth hotels. I'm sure one of these was the hotel that Leonard and crew had stayed at ... although they seemed to be long gone by the time we were scouting. The best bit is that it feels a lot less like stalking when you stop to have a coffee in each of the lobby cafes :-)

Also ... for those who think Greg is joking about having taken 1134 photos at the Perth concert ... I can confirm he isn't. I was kindly allowed into the nerve centre where all Greg's image editing is right now in full swing (no doubt), possibly combined with low levels of swearing :-). I'm wondering BTW if 1134 is some new record for number of photos taken at a single show by one person ...?

Big big thanks to Mabeanie and her partner as well for catching up at the concert; it was fantastic to get a bit of a glimpse into how the European and North American fan meets are running these days. Those of us down in Oz have a long way to catch up :-) ... I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your holiday in Aus!

PS: yes, my review is coming ... but probably not til tomorrow. In the Aussie vernacular ... right now, I'm knackered :D


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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Perth, Australia, November 24, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:30 pm

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25/Nov/2010

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He's still got it.

AGE does not exist at a Leonard Cohen concert.
On the last night of his Australian tour, it was incredible to see a mix of baby boomers right through to Generation Y - still kids - streaming into NiB Stadium (Perth Oval) clutching their tickets like their very life depended on it.

Perhaps they did.

Cohen’s concerts are frequently referred to as religious or spiritual experiences, and tonight the crowd worshipped at the altar of the 76-year-old music and literary legend.

Walking on to stage in a dapper suit, with his now-trademark fedora pulled low, Cohen did not for a minute look like a man 16 years past retirement age.

Backed by his eight-piece band, he opened with the one-two punch of To The End Of Love and The Future, revealing the dichotomy that is a Leonard Cohen show.

Love and death are constantly intertwined in his lyrics and so it was in his live show, with his rich baritone informing The Future with a sense of unrelenting dread that kept the audience hanging off his every word.

The thing about Leonard Cohen that becomes instantly apparent live is that while he is not a singer, he can sing the hell out of a song.

He would probably admit that his range is limited and he is certainly no great vocalist in the technical sense, but music is rarely if ever about technical brilliance.

More so, it is about soul and personality, elements that come through in phrasing and the way songs are sung.

The best example of this on a surprisingly chilly late-spring night was Cohen’s rendition of his classic Hallelujah, which came late in the second set.

Made famous by the departed Jeff Buckley, Cohen simply cannot match Buckley’s vocal histrionics, so he does not try.

Instead, he simply claims ownership of a song that was always his to begin with, and his more-subdued version of the song wipes the floor with Buckley’s version.

Leaving aside the simple brilliance of Cohen, his backing band must also be applauded for what was a flawless set.

Cohen was certainly ready to applaud them, heaping plaudits on them in each of the four encores.

It must also be said that for someone who makes entirely serious music, Cohen has a wicked sense of humour.

Whether it was playing I Tried To Leave You for his fourth encore - a song he started with more than a wink and a nod towards the crowd - or his rousing, hilarious introduction of drummer Rafael Gayol, which saw the drummer laying it down, smothering it with a pillow, going to jail, converting to Judaism and spending his remaining days in a halfway house for destroyed vegetarians, he was utterly sincere and utterly hilarious.

It’s not often you get to see a genius at work - a genius that is prepared to cast off your preconceived notions of what a genius should be or should do.

Perth, we are very lucky to have seen this man at work. If there’s one thing left to be said, it is certainly that Leonard Cohen is our man.

LEONARD COHEN
NIB STADIUM (Perth Oval)
Wednesday, November 24
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