CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

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CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:37 am

The venue is Hallenstadion Zurich - a multi-purpose arena built in 1939 and renovated in 2005.
It is located in northern Zurich and the seating capacity is 13,000.

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Zurich -
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Info - http://vintage.johnnyjet.com/folder/arc ... -2009.html
Concert Report - Oct 25, 2008 - viewtopic.php?f=30&t=12628&hilit=zurich

Set list posted in Setlists thread by casaperon -
casaperon wrote:ZURICH, Hallenstadion-Saturday 24 August

Set 1
Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on a Wire
Everybody Knows
The Gypsy's Wife
Who By Fire
The Darkness
Amen
Come Healing
Lover Lover Lover (+band intro)

Set 2
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Chelsea Hotel
Sisters of Mercy
AVALANCHE (first time in 2013 european leg?)
The Partisan
Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
I'm Your Man
Hallelujah
Take this Waltz

Encore
So Long Marianne
Going Home
First We Take Manhattan
If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters)
Closing Time

25 songs
Start 20:15 end 23:15
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Re: Concert Report: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:45 am

TWITTER –
@sribler - Leonard Cohen mit Suzanne...war grandios http://fb.me/149hbuseN
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@prleuen - Thank you Leonard Cohen and your exceptional band for another fine evening! pic.twitter.com/Nei71cpsl1
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@denkquer - First we take Montreux, then we take Zurich. Thank you for a great performance, Mr Leonard Cohen.
@arpatoz - That's one spry Leonard Cohen teasing Zurich with "an old man's mask". @LeonardCohen74 pic.twitter.com/ZIIb4Ib1CD
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BSdwWqzCUAA8i7c.jpg
@Sz1909_Szemberg - Leonard Cohen went on from 8.15 to 11.15 in Zurich w/ a short break. This means that the 79-year old missed bedtime. Great performance.
@kaltula - Zürich, Hallenstadion, an evening with Leonard Cohen, full of magic
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lover, lover, lover come back to me... #leonardcohen

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So Long Marianne - http://statigr.am/p/529803981514356981_374634109
Hallelujah - http://statigr.am/p/529795669670509542_374634109
The Future - http://statigr.am/p/530264051590128271_260503095
Dance Me To The End Of Love - http://statigr.am/p/530235795008135385_225842567
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Re: Concert Report: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:12 am

We have good video -

Uploaded by Reto Hochstrasser -

I'm Your Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr0PXIvFm44

First We Take Manhattan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia939dypUZk

Closing Time
(includes blessing from Leonard and - "drive carefully, don't catch a summer cold, we'll see you sometime down the road" -
and a few skips from Leonard @ 4:39 :D )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4KcT0PE-9M


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Uploaded by buckyx

Darkness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esR9Gv2zIt8

First We Take Manhattan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsbMZZKyWPw
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Re: Concert Report: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby arteest103 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:08 am

Wonderful videos. Thank you!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby krsb99 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:06 pm

Some quick thoughts on Zurich:

It was a night of surprises.

- The venue was really classy! Last time I was at the Hallenstadion was probably 15years ago so I was expecting the same old fashioned stadium...but no! Serious renovations somewhere down the line and I thought, as far as stadiums go, it was well organized and exuded that Swiss level of precision that you either love...or love to hate! It was comfy! (lots of legroom for once) Sound was good and video was well done and despite a long painful drive from Geneva area, everything worked out so well on arrival (free parking! crazy!) I was instantly re-energized for the evening
- Great to meet up with James_on_tour who made the hop from Dublin for the occasion
- Fantastics seats! Many thanks Jarkko for the pre-sale. Concert wasn't sold out, but the venue felt full.
- There are bound to be some nice videos and photos from this. One row in front of me (so 4th row) someone ran pretty much the whole show. I hope they share
- First set had some great energy. Second set had Avalanche! but then seem to run, ever so slightly out of steam. Please don't take that as a negative comment, it wasn't a bad thing, just a notch down from the first set.
- Big movement of people in front of the stage during the start of Take this Waltz. No many dancers :-( but more as everyone wanted to get close to Leonard. Security let it go, which again...was the classy thing to do and nice to see.
- Then after so many nice surprises, a short encore which left the crowd wanting more! In life though, leaving the people wanting more is probably the way to go no?

See you all down the road.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby James T » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:54 pm

Looks like a nice set, glad to see avalanche back there. I would never be able to drop famous blue raincoat though!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby echoes » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:31 pm

This was a great concert. The first set was powerfull, with great performances of "Lover Lover Lover" and "Gypsy's wife". :) The second set was okay but not as good as the first - as already mentioned. I liked the encore, wished for another one or two though... Oh and I really missed Anthem, Famous blue Raincoat and Waiting for the miracle... :?

after Tower of song: "Without your backing vocals I could not stand the Sound of my own voice." :lol:
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby mats22 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:20 pm

It was a fantastic concert! Great to hear "Avalanche" and "The gypsy's wife". "The compliments to Sharon and the Webb sisters after "Tower of Song" were also nice. The ladies really derserve this praise! It was my first concert without one of my alltime favourites "Famous blue raincoat" (was there another gig since 2008 he left this one out?). But fortunately, I've heard it already in Paris, Montreux and Vienna during this tour.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby mats22 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:28 pm

Also some famous guests were at the Hallenstadion last night watching the concert: Andreas Vollenweider, Marc Sway and Pepe Lienhard. Vollenweider needs no further presentation I think, Sway is a swiss soul singer with brazilian roots and Pepe Lienhard is best known as the leader of the bigband touring with Udo Jürgens for many years now.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby Wybe » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:49 pm

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/feuilleton/po ... 1.18138789

POP UND JAZZ
Leonard Cohen in Zürich
«Und der Rebbe tanzt!»
Pop und Jazz Heute, 14:40
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Leonard Cohen im Zürcher Hallenstadion. (Bild: NZZ / Christoph Ruckstuhl)
Dass die Pop-Kultur auch Platz für grosse alte Männer hat, das hat schon die Verehrung für Johnny Cash gezeigt. Zehn Jahre nach dessen Tod ist es Leonard Cohen, der eine vergleichbare Rolle spielt. Mit dem Unterschied, dass er als Songpoet immer noch produktiv ist, wie sein neustes Album «Old Ideas» beweist.
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Mit seiner gegenwärtigen «Old Ideas World Tour» war Leonard Cohen diesen Sommer schon zwei Abende in Montreux zu Gast; am Samstag hat er nun auch noch das (nicht ganz ausverkaufte) Zürcher Hallenstadion besucht, zum ersten Mal seit fünf Jahren. Dass das Konzert zur Feierstunde geriet, kann nicht verwundern: Als singender Mystiker und Sinnstifter bedient der Kanadier romantische Sehnsüchte und Heilserwartungen gleichermassen. Und als perfekter Gentleman des gehobenen Showbusiness enttäuscht er keinen Moment: Was manche als allzu gepflegte musikalische Oberfläche kritisieren, entspringt einer echten Bescheidenheit – und dem Respekt vor dem zahlenden Publikum. Da bleibt kein Auge trocken, bleiben keine Wünsche offen, ausser vielleicht nach noch mehr von den neusten Songs: «The Darkness», «Amen», «Come Healing», «Going Home» kommen zu Ehren, aber der allerschönste, «Show Me The Place», hat seinen festen Platz im Repertoire offenbar noch nicht gefunden. Was soll's? Cohen beschenkt uns auch so grosszügig genug, mit einem fast dreistündigen Querschnitt durch sein Gesamtwerk, eingeleitet sinnigerweise von «Dance Me to the End of Love»: Denn dieser tiefernste Poet der heillosen Liebe, dieses unwahrscheinlichste aller Pop-Idole hat durchaus auch seine lockere, ver- spielte, tänzerische Seite.

Auf den Knien
Ab und zu, kürzlich wieder in Oslo beim Soundcheck, singt er sogar das jiddische Lied «Un' as der Rebbe tanzt», das hat er uns zwar in Zürich vorenthalten, aber beweglich genug hat er sich gezeigt: abwechslungsweise auf den Knien wie zum Gebet und sich wiegend wie ein fröhlicher Chassid. Liegt nicht genau hier der Schlüssel zu seinem Verständnis – und das Geheimnis seiner Faszination? Denn eigentlich ist ja seine Botschaft ziemlich trostlos: Als Zweites kommt gleich «The Future» mit dem erschütternden Refrain «Give me back the Berlin Wall»: Macht euch keine Hoffnungen, die Zukunft wird mörderisch. Wer denkt da nicht, zurzeit, an Syrien und Ägypten? Keinen Moment vergisst Cohen in seinen Songs, dass die Welt verloren ist – und doch singt er «Hallelujah», er feiert zugleich das Leben, und für diese paradoxe Weisheit pilgert seine Gemeinde, 5000 und mehr, ins Hallenstadion. Umso lieber natürlich, als noch seine bittersten Zeilen so lieblich verpackt sind: Er hat zwar einst als reiner Wortdichter begonnen, aber als Musiker ist er weit über die blosse Liedermacherei hinausgewachsen, und auch wenn sein spätes Live-Comeback (seit 2008) angeblich von finanziellen Problemen mitverursacht wurde, betreibt er es doch mit beispielhafter Sorgfalt und Hingabe. Angefangen bei der Auswahl seiner Begleiter: Das neuste und jüngste Bandmitglied, den moldauischen Geigenvirtuosen Alexandru Bublitchi, würdigt er zu Recht schon sehr früh im Konzert, ebenso den spanischen Meistergitarristen Javier Mas. Es sind vor allem diese beiden, die immer wieder für instrumentale Höhepunkte sorgen, vergleichbar mit jenen grossartigen armenischen Musikern, die Cohen vor gut 30 Jahren schon bei der Rückgewinnung seines orientalisch-jüdischen Klezmer-Erbes unterstützten.

Nicht weniger wichtig sind natürlich, einmal mehr, die drei Sängerinnen, die wunderbaren englischen Webb Sisters, die im Zugabenblock verdientermassen mit «If It Be Your Will» einen Solo-Spot erhalten, und die langjährige Mitkomponistin Sharon Robinson, deren «Alexandra Leaving» ebenfalls zu Ehren kommt. Unterstützt nur von diesen Frauen hat auch Cohen nach der Pause quasi einen Solo-Moment, wirft mit ironischer Geste sein kleines elektronisches Keyboard an und intoniert «Tower of Song»: «I was born with the gift of a golden voice», die Zeile wird vom Publikum bejubelt, das rudimentär hingeklimperte Solo ebenso, was er verdankt mit der Bemerkung: «Wollt ihr mir schmeicheln?» Neben allem andern ist Cohen bekanntlich auch ein geheimer Humorist, nicht alles ist so ernst gemeint, wie es scheint – «wenn der Rebbe lacht, lachen auch die Chassidim».

Depressionen eines Clowns
Aber dann folgt «Avalanche», mit Javier Mas brillant im Hintergrund, und wir sind wieder bei seinem andern geheimen Thema, den Depressionen, die ihn (wie manchen grossen Clown) sein Leben lang verfolgt haben. Und am Schluss, mit «Take This Waltz», landen wir nochmals beschwingt beim Tanz – an manchen Abenden auf dieser Tour gibt es sogar, als allerletzte Zugabe, die alte Drifters-Nummer «Save The Last Dance For Me». Diesmal nicht, mit «Closing Time» ist Schluss, aber zu kurz gekommen ist niemand: Ein befriedigenderes Konzert im Hallenstadion ist kaum denkbar. Ob es sein letzter Tanz gewesen ist? Das wollen wir nicht hoffen, aber wenn einer in diesem Bewusstsein lebt und sein Bestes gibt, dann sicher Cohen selber.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby andrea » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:05 pm

Dear Wijbe,

thank you for the Link, I did buy NZZ today but there was no article about LC , I suppose it is only online today and the print edition will be tomorrow.

I have read the comments, those having assisted to more concerts maybe recognized the difference between first and second part, indeed it was not as good, BUT STILL PERFECT and those not having comparisons I think they did not realize it really and all seemed happy and touched by the concert.

Leonard was great and is getting better day by day, it just unbelievable and indescribable ...also the musicians and singers were excellent.
I am sure the band would have played more encores, as we were close to the front side (right side) we could see and understand that they had to stop, the workman came so fast on the stage to start dismantelling, they put on lights in the hall very early , openend the doors were the workmen were ready to enter... and really did not give the band a change for more encores...
I personally was a bit sad as usually after " closing time" it is not finished , so I was sure to see Leonard one more time for" I tried to leave you" or "Save the last dance"...so I really did not have the time to give my own inner goodbye to Leonard and his band , it was a sudden unexpected leave.....they simply seemed not to be allowed to come out again....

A pity it was my last concert...so this sudden unexpected farewell makes me a bit melancholic...BUT thanks to Leonard and all the band.....you were again great and very special as ever :-)))
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:11 am

Video uploaded by iste8304

Going Home / First We Take Manhattan / If It Be Your Will / Closing Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXsMjF_0F9U

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Video uploaded by Martin Roesch

I'm Your Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdYXqzxlomw

Going Home / First We Take Manhattan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEfmBcttzMQ

Chelsea Hotel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SONJnXBqSvk

Sisters of Mercy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl3rlAClIxM
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby IrishAL » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:29 am

Dance me to the end of Love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSSMkjwHkEE

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:48 am

More video -

Uploaded by Martin Roesch

I'm Your Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdYXqzxlomw

Going Home / First We Take Manhattan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEfmBcttzMQ

Chelsea Hotel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SONJnXBqSvk

Sisters of Mercy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl3rlAClIxM

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Uploaded by Gerdundula99

Suzanne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tozf8FouEWc

Hallelujah
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSdLPR4sELc

So Long Marianne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcxOBw22Mdc
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Zurich, Switzerland - August 24, 2013

Postby arteest103 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:50 am

It must have been pretty wonderful because the man who bought my ticket and I had decided to split the cost of courier service for the ticket. This morning, first thing, I opened my email and there was a message from PayPal that he'd paid the whole thing! :D

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