Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

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Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby the partizan » Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:11 pm

My first LC concert (my second was last Saturday at Birmingham NEC!). In fact my first ever concert for anything.

Apart from the amazing songs for a 17 year old me, was the unshaven Leonard who, during the interval got himself a shave, saying, on his return, "I thought I'd better get myself a shave as my mother wouldn't have liked to see me like that"!

Birmingham was wonderful - even after all those years with all those songs in my head, so many times...

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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby Liamberney » Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:49 pm

Martin
Are you sure it was '72? I had it down for the '70 tour( I could be wrong on this). It was also my first ever live gig. The majority of the audience was to the side/behind the stage (me included)and I think this threw him. I don't recall the shaving quip. However, I have a vivid memory of his encore: a chorus of ' it wasn't very good, there's no reason why you should, remember me; and spoken verses that recalled various situations in which he had fallen short of his own high standards. The only verse I can vaguely remember recounted an amorous encounter with a lady that failed to fulfill its promise.
If it was '72, this means I have missed two of his tours!



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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby pennybee » Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:31 am

I remember this gig but not the date. I wrote reviews for Melody Maker based in Manchester. I was in the bandstand with the rest of the press. One journo kown as Swervin Mervyn was very drunk and in danger of lurching off the bandstand into the audience scattering plastic flowers as he went.

The way I remember LC was late coming on. Shambled off after a couple of numbers - said he was going to get a shave..

Poser from I think the Telegraph sitting behind me said 'He hasn't got a mandate from the audience...' what a wally

But dont think the performance was that brilliant. Cant find any record of the review but Melody Maker are supposed to be compiling an archive

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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby the partizan » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:19 am

Just reckon it was that date because I found it at http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/72manchester.html. Who knows how good or bad it was - I thought it was wonderful; memorable and the girl I was with was too...

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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby Liamberney » Mon May 07, 2012 3:30 pm

It was '72, and of course there is a clip of this gig in Bird on the wire'.
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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby johnboy77 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:06 pm

I have the ticket stub.

Monday March 20 - no year specified ... but it would have to be 1972.

Ticket price - 75p.!!!
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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby Liamberney » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:07 pm

Thanks johnboy, and welcome to the forum. That's that confirmed then. Great to Have the ticket stub. Is that just good fortune, or do you collect such things.
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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:38 pm

johnboy77 wrote: Monday March 20 - no year specified ... but it would have to be 1972.
Indeed it would have to be 1972, as both the LC Files & Jim Devlin's records (from 'Every Style of Passion') indicate that the 1970 concerts in England were in May and the 1972 Manchester concert was on March 20th. Besides, March 20th doesn't fall on a Monday in 1970, only in 1972 (followed by 1978). ;-)

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Re: Belle Vue, Manchester, March 20th, 1972

Postby Goldin » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:28 pm

It was 1972 for sure, and this is the setlist (more accurate than the one from LCFiles):
http://cohenlive.com/concerts/setlists/ ... -03-20.htm

That's a great story, Martin, thanks for sharing a bit of your experience with us.
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