CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby B4real » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:07 am

FanForLife,

Great review :D
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Postby mutti » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:50 am

Yes Thanks FanforLife. Great review.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby imaginary friend » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:02 am

I knew that the Dublin concerts would be exceptional –  Leonard and his Irish fans have a thing for each other 8)

Thank you to all who have posted reviews here, as well as photos and videos.

Extra special thanks to Gwen, Albert and FanforLife, for warming my evening.

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:06 pm

Here's another video of the new song -
Uploaded by Sylvia Apfelbaum -

I've Got A Little Secret"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSlFVYz7r44

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Uploaded by padraig fahey

So Long Marianne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSFsvmSmkrk

First We Take Manhattan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVhSKbN49Kc
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Postby musicmania » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:14 pm

Links to my photo highlights:

Concert 1
http://myleonardcohenjourney.wordpress. ... -concert1/

Concert 2
http://myleonardcohenjourney.wordpress. ... -concert2/

Apologies for the delay, real life got in the way last week ;-)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby James-on-tour » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:53 pm

So many excellent reviews ....
I will not attempt to compete ... I just wish to say that
Wednesday night was outstanding and Thursday night was sublime
.... at least the equal of any other show that I attended.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby B4real » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:07 pm

Great photos Gwen!!
A good variety gives an overall feeling of the night, but you know I love the hands :)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby musicmania » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:46 pm

B4real wrote:Great photos Gwen!!
but you know I love the hands :)
You and me both Bev ;-)

Now I am putting a call out for if any one has a video of Bird on the Wire from the second night please upload it as that performance was out of this world. The song is always amazing live and while I'd felt last year in Montreal Leonard had taken it to a whole new level he done it again in Dublin on the second night, so much so Mandy and I turned to each other in amazement at the end of it. Still hopeful someone got an audio recording of either of the Dublin shows too.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby Zimmy66 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:13 pm

musicmania wrote:
B4real wrote:Great photos Gwen!!
but you know I love the hands :)
You and me both Bev ;-)

Now I am putting a call out for if any one has a video of Bird on the Wire from the second night please upload it as that performance was out of this world. The song is always amazing live and while I'd felt last year in Montreal Leonard had taken it to a whole new level he done it again in Dublin on the second night.
He did so in Leeds as well Gwen.

Mitch, too, surpassed himself with his intro and solo that night. Never thought the he could outstage Bob Metzger on that particular number. But he did. Respect!

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby mutti » Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:45 pm

Great photos Gwen Thanks! I too love the hands... 8)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:07 am

Video uploaded to Vimeo by dodser -

Sept 11th

So Long Marianne (partial)
http://vimeo.com/74711774
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:07 am

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Leonard Cohen Living Legend

Posted on September 29, 2013 By Jean Reinhardt

His life in his music

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He’s your Man

On September 11 and 12, 2013, the O2 music venue in Dublin held very mixed crowds on both nights. Young, old, middle aged, some with walking sticks, others in wheelchairs, all with one thing in common: Leonard Cohen, the living legend. He ran onto the stage, with more energy than your average 79 year old, performing some of his best numbers, from Dance Me to the End of Love to Closing Time, for close on four hours each night. Accompanied by the Webb sisters, who also played guitar and harp, the mercurial voice of Leonard Cohen was as good as ever. During the concert there were solo performances from his band, Alexandru Bublitchi on violin, guitarist Mitch Watkins and the man often introduced by Cohen as the shepherd of the strings, Javier Mas. Sharon Robinson’s solo Alexandra Leaving received a standing ovation.

The man whose lyrics are soul searching, was first recorded reading eight of his poems in 1957 by Folkways Records, when they produced the album, Six Montreal Poets. More than 50 movies list Cohen’s music on their soundtracks, with the song Bird on a Wire, being played in the film of the same name, starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. With at least 2,400 cover versions of his songs having been produced worldwide, Leonard Cohen can rightly be called a living legend.

In the book, Flowers for Hitler (published 1964), Cohen’s poetry changed from his early romantic verses to the typical, caustic, bitter-sweet and often confrontational writing we see in many of his lyrics today. He was deeply affected by the Holocaust of the 1940′s and this was a big influence on the direction his poetry took. The novel, Beautiful Losers (published 1966), is full of Leonard Cohen’s obsessions and his uncanny sense of the absurd. Politics, religion, sex, and history feature in this book of radical fiction, full of loss and the dynamics of relationships.

Reading Sylvie Simmons biography, I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (published 2012), we learn something about the integrity of this dry humoured poet. For instance, not many people are aware of the fact that during his tours in the early 1970’s in the UK and North America, Cohen and his band performed in various mental hospitals. These were private concerts for the patients, and were never used for self-promotion.

A favourite song on his tours, Dance Me to the End of Love, originally released in 1984, was partly influenced by the Nazi death camps, where musicians were forced to play in string quartets while their fellow prisoners were being annihilated.

Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn

Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin

Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in

Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the end of love


With his liquid, gravelly voice, intricate guitar work and thought provoking poetry, Leonard Cohen, musician/singer/songwriter/poet, clearly deserves the title of Living Legend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvSMhgqh7JU
Leonard Cohen, Save the Last Dance for me , Dublin 12-09-2013
Video by Albert Noonan
Leonard Cohen ends his second concert in Dublin accompanied by 14,003 backing singers.!
Save the Last dance for me at the o2 Arena. September 12th 2013.


Source 1 - http://www.dublinconcerts.ie/leonard-co ... ew-photos/
Source 2 - http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/
Source 3 - http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardc ... flove.html

By Jean Reinhardt
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Dublin, September 11th and 12th 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:34 pm

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Leonard Cohen Live at The O2

The first half of Cohen’s performance simmered along nicely, without ever really coming to the boil.

Rowan Stokes, 09 Oct 2013, 12:22

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The first half of Cohen’s performance simmered along nicely, without ever really coming to the boil. The stage, filled with colours, shadows and silhouettes, certainly looked the part; Cohen’s band were on form, most notably the great Spanish guitarist Javier Mas, whose intro to ‘Who By Fire’ was truly, and I mean truly, haunting. This one remarkable moment apart, the first half seemed light on the brilliance we have come to expect from a Leonard Cohen show.

However, after a 20-minute interval, the gig came alive in the second half. Crowd favourites ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Chelsea Hotel No. 2’ were both in their own way godly, holy portrayals of womanhood. Leonard then went on to make a claim for the title of greatest poet alive today with his beautifully articulated, spoken intros to both ‘Alexandra Leaving’ and ‘One Thousand Kisses Deep’, both aching with poetry, the beauty of which was captured superbly in his deep baritone voice.

As the set developed, it got better and better. It is a measure of Leonard’s innate courtesy and egalitarianism that each one of his nine-piece ensemble was afforded the space to illustrate their virtuoso talents. ‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘First We Take Manhattan’ were brilliant as always. But really it was during ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ – a powerful tale of love and deceit – in the second encore that, in the darkness of the theatre, Leonard found his sixth gear and made this a night, which will live long in the collective memory.

‘Closing Time’ signalled the end. ‘I Tried To Leave You’ marked it, with Cohen waltzing out of our lives the way he always does, with a smile and an exaggerated skip.

Hopefully, he’ll make another journey to an island which has fallen in love with his music. To quote the man himself: “I’m not quite ready to hang up my boxing gloves just yet... but let’s just say, I know where the hook is.”

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