CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Everything about the first leg of Leonard Cohen's World Tour 2013
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CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Postby Inspector Javert » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:11 am

To summarize: Please Come Back Leonard!
To summarize some more: I can die happy now.

I think this time through he was even better than 3-4 years ago. The audience was really into it. I got what I wanted, Democracy and Lover, Lover, Lover. Two of my favorites that he didn't do last time through. We also got Famous Blue Raincoat as part of the encores. I was concerned about that since recent concert report playlists have omitted that. I'd even say he was in better voice tonight than he was his last Tampa concert.

If he comes again when he's 82 years old I'll see him. I see no reason why he couldn't. He's still in great shape and his mind is incredible. He thanked his entire concert crew from memory. Very generous with both his band and the time given to the audience.

When you get to see your hero and your hero exceeds expectations you are blessed.

The show was very similar to last go round, with selections from Old Ideas, Democracy and Lover, Lover, Lover replacing as far as I remember Chelsea Hotel #2, Gypsy Wife and The Partisan. Alexandra Leaving rather than Boogie Street for Sharon. I think the songs from Old Ideas are better live than they are on the cd.

Merchandising was packed from the moment the doors opened.

Just a perfect evening and well worth the cost for a 2nd row almost dead center seat.
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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby vickiwoodyard » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:47 pm

I have a Tampa friend who was in attendance last night. She said:
"Music is my career and I have been to many concerts, but this is in a level that transcends even words to describe, except.... AMAZING!"
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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:44 pm

No set list or review - yet - but here are some pictures from Leonard's show last night's show at the Straz in Tampa, Florida -
From Joey Carenza - Notes From The Road
http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/post/457 ... -gypsy-boy

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Wrapped

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some kind of gypsy boy …

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A handsome man

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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby Inspector Javert » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:00 pm

As best as I can tell the set list was the same as the 2nd Oakland show minus encore 3.


First Set
Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who by Fire
Darkness
Ain't No Cure for Love
Amen
Come Healing
Democracy
A Thousand Kisses Deep
(recitation)
Anthem

Second Set
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Waiting for the Miracle
Anyhow
Lover Lover Lover
Alexandra Leaving
(performed by Sharon Robinson)
I'm Your Man
Hallelujah
Take This Waltz

Encore 1:
So Long, Marianne
Going Home
First We Take Manhattan

Encore 2:
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters)
Closing time
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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:06 pm

I think we need a title change here - to indicate it is a Concert Report (and a sticky)

Video uploaded by Tiffany Schilling - Thanks!

Just another one - just another

Hallelujah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6j5d7508Lg
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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:37 pm

@Davidwrg - Leonard Cohen at The Straz pic.twitter.com/VFtQHmw0qX
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‏@gregsbaker Got taken to school on being passionate about one's craft last night. Leonard Cohen did 3.5 hours at 78 yrs. Fantastic, inspirational. #fb
‏@JABwriter Intermission at Leonard Cohen. Sitting by John Prine. Best night ever? Oh yeah
@steverovner The incomparable Leonard Cohen at the Straz Center. http://instagr.am/p/XBWabOBmMm/
‏@tbtsoundcheck From tonight: A better shot of the dapper #LeonardCohen at the @StrazCenter in Tampa. http://instagr.am/p/XB1eLKSazP/
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@Straz Center 11 Mar
Night after night, #LeonardCohen & his band have earned 5-star reviews & left audiences spellbound. pic.twitter.com/F4eMTr9o0S
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Postby Inspector Javert » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:29 pm

Title is changed.
Just need a sticky.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:10 pm

From Bradenton Herald -
http://heraldbuzzworthy.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Leonard Cohen's Tampa concert was absolutely sublime

No matter how high your expectations were,, you could not have been disappointed.

Leonard Cohen and company treated a nearly full house at Tampa's Morsani Hall to an emotionally powerful and musically impeccable three-and-a-half hour concert Monday night.

It's hard to know where to begin praising this show. Cohen performed beautiful renditions of songs from all stages of his 46-year recording career, from "Suzanne" and "So Long, Marianne" through "The Future" and on to ""Anyhow" form his current album, "Old Ideas." His beautiful gravelly voice was still intact, and still full of music, and he looked so fit and moved so spryly that it rendered all the talk of his age irrelevant.

He was also utterly charming, reverentially introducing each member of his nine-piece band several times, and even naming the lighting designer and technicians and the guy running the sound board. (The lighting and the sound were, in fact phenomenal, but not many musicians would have bothered to acknowledge them from stage.)

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Leonard Cohen at the Straz on Monday

His band, including former Sarasota Neil Larsen on keyboards, was sublime. Some of the most moving moments of the evening came from three backing singers. Longtime Cohen collaborator Sharon Robinson, performed a gorgeous song titled "Alexandra Leaving" and the the Webb Sisters took up instruments -- Hattie on harp and Charley on guitar -- and treated the audience to some chillingly beautiful two-part harmonies.

I could on and on, but I'll just say it was as close to perfect as a concert could get and leave it at that.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:04 am

A review from the Tampa Bay Times -
http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/mu ... az/2109980
Leonard Cohen Unleashes Odyssey of His Work at the Straz

Jay Cridlin, tbt* Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 4:30am

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Cohen performs Dance Me To The End of Love on Monday night. EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

TAMPA — When Leonard Cohen released Various Positions in 1984, the top five songs in the nation belonged to Hall and Oates, Chaka Kahn, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran and Wham!. So you can see how the album's centerpiece, a five-minute ballad simmering with religious symbolism and heartache, failed to make a splash.

But time was kind to the Canadian icon, and over the next 30 years, Hallelujah became one of the world's most acclaimed and adored songs. It has been covered by more than 300 artists, from Bob Dylan to Bono to Adam Sandler.

But if Hallelujah's legacy has eclipsed that of its creator, you'd never know it from Cohen's concert on Monday at the Straz Center in Tampa. Hallelujah was but one high of many during a nearly 3-1/2-hour odyssey of gospel blues and devastating poetry, delivered with deep love and dry wit. By the end, the near-capacity crowd of 2,411 felt as if they'd just been read a novel or three, with the author's deathbed baritone still rumbling in their ears.

At 78, Cohen seems immune to the mandates of a go-go-go culture. Each of his 28 songs felt unhurried, with even his jauntiest numbers — Everybody Knows, Ain't No Cure For Love, First We Take Manhattan — meandering at their own unfussy pace.

And yet there is plenty of life left in Cohen's bony frame. All night, he skipped and skulked and dropped to his knees more often than any septuagenarian should, cutting a dapper, mischievous figure at center stage.

His strength as a songwriter is drawing you out of your time and into his, blending back-alley jazz (Bird on the Wire), sold-my-soul blues (Darkness) and heart-rending cheek-to-cheek ballads (Famous Blue Raincoat, Show Me the Place) into a singular soundtrack to an era long since lost. Everybody Knows was a bouncy Parisian story-song with unlikely disco bones, while I'm Your Man was a saucy, salty cabaret come-on.

His voice, a beyond-the-grave grumble with limited range to begin with, has aged about as well as you'd expect — but Cohen has compensated by writing songs that suit it. Cuts from 2012's Old Ideas, like the loping, redemptive Amen, felt as classic as his classics. A particular highlight: The darkly clever Going Home, which imagined a smirking Creator laying into Cohen the cocky artiste ("He's a lazy bastard living in a suit" trying to write "a manual for living with defeat").

Cohen's pan-global influences were reflected in his dynamite nine-piece backing band, comprising members hailing from England, Austin, Mexico and Moldova. Guitarist Javier Mas wowed on Who By Fire and Lover Lover Lover, and guitarist Mitch Watkins and organist Neil Larsen delivered tonally perfect solos on Bird On the Wire.

So great was Cohen's band that he rarely co-opted the spotlight entirely for himself (though when he did — the sparse Suzanne, the noir poem A Thousand Kisses Deep — it was breathtaking). Instead, Cohen twice handed lead vocal duties to his backup singers: to songwriting collaborator Sharon Robinson for a tear-jerking Alexandra Leaving, and again to harp-strumming duo the Webb Sisters on If It Be Your Will.

It is telling that these two songs, which Cohen wrote and others sang, were among the night's highest, holiest moments — telling, of course, because when he finally got around to Hallelujah, it took a second to register what we all were hearing. Cohen's Hallelujah has never been the most beloved version — that honor probably belongs to the late Jeff Buckley — but it remains his own, coursing with fluttering mandolins and the heavenly heft of a Hammond B3.

During each chorus, the lights above the stage shone outward to illuminate the audience, and there were chills in the air when, for the final reprise, Cohen kneeled and tilted his head to the heavens, just high enough for the crowd to see his shuttered eyes. The song clocked in at 7 minutes and 23 seconds, and was worth every blessed second.

Cohen doesn't need Hallelujah to be remembered; his place in music's promised land is secure. Even if he's in no rush to get there.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:46 pm

Here's the set list for this show - as posted at Setlist.fm
(thanks to Zwrirnie) -
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/leonard-c ... 8be1f.html
First Set
Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who by Fire
Darkness
Ain't No Cure for Love
Amen
Come Healing
Democracy
A Thousand Kisses Deep
(recitation)
Anthem
Second Set
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Waiting for the Miracle
Anyhow
Lover Lover Lover
Alexandra Leaving
(performed by Sharon Robinson)
I'm Your Man
Hallelujah
Take This Waltz
Encore:
So Long, Marianne
Going Home
First We Take Manhattan
Encore 2:
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will
(performed by the Webb Sisters)
Closing Time
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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby Tchocolatl » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:23 pm

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@Straz Center 11 Mar
Night after night, #LeonardCohen & his band have earned 5-star reviews & left audiences spellbound. pic.twitter.com/F4eMTr9o0S
Nice neck ornement :
Cross = Faith
Heart = Charity
Anchor = Hope

This holy trinity (three theological virtues) is one of the most ancient Christian symbol.


I like this pic among so many others because of the fun in his eyes, pleasure and joy, and happiness - contentment - in the face, and also there is a picture taking from the other side also at the same time. A lot of symbols in this.

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Thanks to everybody who are sharing concert experiences (here and in other threads!) So great!!!! :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Postby Mabeanie1 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:11 pm

sturgess66 wrote:Here's the set list for this show - as posted at Setlist.fm
(thanks to Zwrirnie) -
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/leonard-c ... 8be1f.html
The setlist has already been posted in this thread by Inspector Javert - see above. Thank you dear Inspector!

As an aside, setlist.fm has proved to be particularly unreliable so far this year so can I make a plea for all concert attenders to post the setlists, either in the Concert Report thread or in the setlists thread (I'm sure one of the mods will copy across to the setlists thread as necessary).

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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby LC&LC » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:11 pm

Tchocolatl wrote:Image
@Straz Center 11 Mar
Night after night, #LeonardCohen & his band have earned 5-star reviews & left audiences spellbound. pic.twitter.com/F4eMTr9o0S
Nice neck ornement :
Cross = Faith
Heart = Love
Anchor = Hope

This holy trinity (three theological virtues) is one of the most ancient Christian symbol.


Does anyone know when this picture was taken, was it really on Monday?
this cross is the embleme of Camargue, which is the region that goes from Nimes to the Mediterranean in France http://www.saintesmaries.com/en/home/sh ... cross.html
I had bought my pendant in Nimes when I went to see LC and the band in 2009, not knowing LC would have one day the same one...
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Tampa, March 18th, 2013.

Postby musicmania » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:25 pm

It looks to me that this photo was taken outside. Other than it being a fantastic photo of Leonard I love what Rafael is doing in the background ;-)
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Re: Tampa Concert

Postby Mabeanie1 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:43 pm

LC&LC wrote:Does anyone know when this picture was taken, was it really on Monday?
this cross is the embleme of Camargue, which is the region that goes from Nimes to the Mediterranean in France http://www.saintesmaries.com/en/home/sh ... cross.html
I had bought my pendant in Nimes when I went to see LC and the band in 2009, not knowing LC would have one day the same one...
Leonard often wears a square pin (or whatever they're called) with "Camargue" at the top of it. This photo is from the second Montreal concert at the Bell Centre on November 29.
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PS I might have bought a pendant when I was in Nimes in 2009 if I thought Leonard would have one!
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