CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

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CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:54 pm

There is just one more sleep to go to the start UK tour and Leonard Cohen fans all over the UK are beside themselves with excitement and anticipation.

The tour opens in Bournemouth, a traditional British seaside resort on the south coast with beautiful sandy beaches and couple of historic piers.
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The town has a temperate climate and, according to the BBC, it looks like the weather gods may be kind to us on Monday, even though August Bank Holiday Monday is traditionally a wash out. (The Beeb have now updated their forecast to show some showers on Monday afternoon, just to remind us that it IS August Bank Holiday!) The downside of a favourable forecast is that the place is likely to be very crowded and we may struggle to find a parking space before the show ......

The concert will take place at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), a conference, exhibition and entertainment centre in the heart of the town. The BIC was built in the mid 1980s and the Windsor Hall (venue for the concert) has a seating capacity of 4,200. Leonard last played there on 11 November 2008.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby MaryB » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:47 pm

Mabeanie1 wrote:and the Windsor Hall (venue for the concert) has a seating capacity of 4,200. Wendy
How wonderful for all of you! I was so wrong to think that all the European venues this time around are large.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:01 pm

MaryB wrote: I was so wrong to think that all the European venues this time around are large.
I'm not sure I would regard these venues (the Brighton and Cardiff venues have a seated capacity of 4,500 and 5,000 respectively; the other venues are much larger*) as small Mary - they are still barn-like arena type venues - but they are small arenas.

Windsor Hall:
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Wendy

*Manchester: 21,000, Leeds: 13,500; Birmingham: 14,000, London O2: 20.000
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby MaryB » Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:06 pm

Small as compared to the only one I'll be attending in Europe this time around :roll:
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby Mabeanie1 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:13 pm

From the Webb Sisters yesterday:
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby Mabeanie1 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:47 pm

According to the BIC website today, the show starts at 7:30 pm (= 7:45 pm??) There is an 11:00 pm curfew. I suspect this may be the pattern for the whole of the UK tour.

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby cohenadmirer » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:03 pm

Mabeanie1 wrote:According to the BIC website today, the show starts at 7:30 pm (= 7:45 pm??) There is an 11:00 pm curfew. I suspect this may be the pattern for the whole of the UK tour.

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A late start and a strict curfew costs 2 or more songs.
So hoping for a prompt start and 'curfew flexibility' from time to time. :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:35 am

‏@Buster_Bear - Bournemouth International Centre. A very civilised arena venue. Full of old people. pic.twitter.com/AbmZP4cUgz
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby Mabeanie1 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:10 am

A great show to open the UK tour with. Setlist (as posted on the setlist thread):

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

Set 2
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Chelsea Hotel
Waiting for the Miracle
Anyhow
The Partisan
Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
I'm Your Man
Hallelujah
Take this Waltz

Encores
So Long Marianne
Going Home
First We Take Manhattan

Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters)
Closing Time

I Tried to Leave You
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby John Etherington » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:32 am

I'm still waiting for a concert report!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby Lloydterry » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:30 am

I was apprehensive about this venue but I needn't have worried. Much more intimate than the O2, Leonard had the enthusiastic audience in the palm of his hands. He started at 7.40pm and finished promptly at 11pm, presumably because of the curfew. Even so, with a 20-minute interval, Leonard and the band put in a solid three hours. One more encore, perhaps, and we'd have had Anthem! I couldn't pick out a favourite song but I loved Sharon Robinson's solo version of Alexandra Leaving. So Long, Marianne had the audience on their feet and singing along. Altogether a great night.
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Performing So Long,Marianne at Bournemouth.
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In full flow during the encores at Bournemouth with the
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Enthralling the Bournemouth audience, the Webb sisters,
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Bublitchi and Javier Mas.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby John Etherington » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:40 am

Oh my God! They left out "Anthem"?!!! This is unthinkable. :( Ano no "Sisters of Mercy"!!! This is terrible!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby jim devlin » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:41 pm

John, we heard Anthem and Sisters of Mercy at the O2 in June.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby StBruno » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:45 pm

John Etherington wrote:Oh my God! They left out "Anthem"?!!! This is unthinkable. :( Ano no "Sisters of Mercy"!!! This is terrible!


...true, but during 'Lover' we did get a few chanted lines of Ozymandias ('and on the pedestal...and despair') to introduce Rafael and in homage to Shelley. Another wonderful night, if slightly truncated by the curfew.

(EDIT: In the interests of accuracy and public humiliation, and thanks to Raincoat's recording - it was of course 'Darkness' and the lines: 'I met a traveler from an antique land. He said two vast and trunkless legs of []...[] Look on my works ye mighty and despair'. Sometimes memory is not enough!)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Bournemouth UK - Monday 26 August 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:08 pm

Here we go - some good video -

Uploaded by Phil Laxton

Everybody Knows
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