CONCERT REPORT: Calgary, April 26

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CONCERT REPORT: Calgary, April 26

Postby maglover » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:07 pm

After sixteen long years and almost a year of living vicariously through the postings, pictures, reports and reviews of all the people who have seen LC already on his world tour, it's Calgary's turn! Venue is the magnificent Jack Singer Concert Hall. With a seating capacity of 1800, it is likely one of the smallest and more initmate settings LC will play. The sound quality will be superb and there is not a bad seat in the house!

Keep a watchful eye out for Fred the Monkey!

With apologies to Leonard, "We have practised every night, now we're ready..."
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby st theresa » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:10 pm

Hi Maglover
I can hardly wait--walked over to see the venue last night and again this morning--was rewarded with a look at the tour buses--I think. See you tonight :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby foxglove » Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:27 pm

Six and a half hours till concert time! I just checked ticketmaster.ca and there are still a few seats available! It's not too late...........
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby ladydi » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:13 am

Hi st theresa and everyone else!

SO excited for you all tonight! It will be magical and the venue sounds absolutely perfect! Can't wait to hear your reviews.

Enjoy!

All the best,
Diana
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Edmonton Show

Postby Tom Price » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:48 am

The Leonard Cohen show in Edmonton was superb. Stellar. Fantasic. A real beautiful show. Great sound like an expensive stereo in someones listening room. The lighting was a classic work of art in itself. One of the best shows that I have ever seen, and I've seen lots of shows. Nice work Leonard. Three hours of BLISS!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby maglover » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:13 am

First Set
1. Dance Me to the End Of Love
2. The Future
3. Ain't No Cure For Love
4. Bird on the Wire
5. Everybody Knows
6. In My Secret Life
7. Who By Fire
8. Chelsea Hotel No. 2
9. Waiting for the Miracle
10. Anthem

Second Set
11. Tower of Song
12. Suzanne
13. The Gypsy's Wife
14. The Partisan
15. Boogie Street
16. Hallelujah
17. I'm Your Man
18. A Thousand Kisses Deep
19. Take This Waltz

First Encore
20. So Long, Marianne
21. First We Take Manhattan

Second Encore
22. Famous Blue Raincoat
23. Sisters of Mercy

Third Encore
24. If It Be Your Will
25. Closing Time

Fourth Encore
26. I Tried to Leave You
27. Whither Thou Goest
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby ellis » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:01 am

Just back from the Calgary concert, it was SUBLIME!!!! Last night in Edmonton was great too, but the more intimate venue here made it even better, if that's possible. I last saw him in Manchester in the 70s, so I've waited a long time, and it was so worth the wait! I was transported, by his music, words, expressions, humble demeanor, the enjoyment on his face, and by the superb artists on stage with him. I met three of the musicians beforehand, which made it even more special. I am filled with gratitude to everyone who made the show possible. He's our man!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby MaryB » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:31 am

Tom and ellis,

Thank you so much for your reviews and welcome to the forum! Hope you come back here from time to time - it's such a nice place to be with a lot of nice members.

Best regards,
Mary
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby taxbuster » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:14 pm

What an outstanding performance by a master; this was a gem of rare and intimate beauty! A chance to look and listen close-up and in the most intimate venue this city has to offer. Leonard filled eyes with tears and ears with the most sublime and generous tones. He held the audience for three hours (I can't remember any artist going that long in years....) in the palm of his hand, and in the smile of his eyes. His band was impeccable, his set selection like a greatest hits review of his life's work, and his demeanor generous and uplifting. He gave kudos to all of his bandmates (twice) as he introduced them in both sets. And - surprisingly - at the end he introduced, by name, members of his road crew.

He could not have delivered a more intimate experience without being alone in his boudoir - and yet every one of the 1800-odd in the Jack Singer, I'm sure, felt like me - like we were sitting with him, listening to him one-to-one. Thank you Leonard. Thank you so much - what a treat! (And I'm a man - I can't imagine how the women felt!!)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby jedirene » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:51 pm

Like the above poster said, it was like he invited us into his living room and sang to us for 3 hours. Magnificent. Awe-inspiring. Worth the treacherous roads to return to Lethbridge the same night? Most definitely :-)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby musicdan » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:09 pm

Saw Leonard last night ... and the concert is still buzzing in my head. The sound at the Jack Singer Concert Hall was impeccable. LC and his band were superb. I heard every note that was played with its raw, pure tonal quality. LC's voice was that of a sweet, soft, low rumbling balladeer that pulled the band and audience close and held them. Leonard Cohen kept us spellbound for three hours. A truly remarkable evening!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby maglover » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:45 pm

Highlights (for me):
Meeting Roscoe Beck, Rafael Gayol and Charley Webb before the show. They were all utterly charming and generous. I quizzed Charley on the whereabouts of Fred the Monkey to no avail... but Charley did allow me to get a picture with her. It did, however, snow in Calgary. I hope Fred is keeping warm!

A spectacular venue whose warm acoustics accentuated an amazing display of musical & lyric virtuosity.

An appreciative audience who would only cease their applause when the band would begin the next song.

Leonard's catalogue of music not played could have easily filled another set of A list material. I heard Kris Kristofferson once say, "Cutting songs from a set list was like deciding which of his children could not come for Christmas..."

WIth apologies to Frederick Knight, "Thanks for the song, Mister Cohen."
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby brightnow » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:02 pm

maglover wrote:Highlights (for me):
Meeting Roscoe Beck, Raphael Goyal and Charlie Webb before the show. They were all utterly charming and generous. I quizzed Charlie on the whereabouts of Fred the Monkey to no avail... but Charlie did allow me to get a picture with her. ...
Here's a question to those who already met members of the band before the shows (and also to others who might have an opinion regrading what is appropriate):

Is it usually not too crowded to ask for photo ops? And what about autographs?
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Calgary April 26

Postby ladydi » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:20 pm

Hi Brightnow,

The band members are usually very gracious and generous with their time...with restraints of course, as they can't keep chatting until 8pm ;-) But there should be no problem requesting a photo with them or perhaps an autograph! Enjoy :D

All the best,
Diana

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