CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:25 am

Video uploaded by dyefukked - Thanks!

Who By Fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18s1bUu2m_o

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Uploaded by Iván Cervantes - Thanks!

In My Secret Life
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvaiWdv0Bgs

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Uploaded by Jehoshua Shapiro - Thanks!

First We Take Manhattan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaSwYO6a1l0
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby Pafuri » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:25 am

Dear Friends
I have been following this forum for a few years but have not yet contributed to it.
Have just uploaded a video of Suzanne taken at last night's excellent show in San Jose for you all to enjoy.
I will also upload some pictures to my Flickr account and let you have the link once it's done.
Best wishes

http://youtu.be/XsBWT4pmcMM
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby mnkyface » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:44 am

Good description Marsha. It really was "flawless". Missed seeing you at the show. (Looks like he'll be back though! :)) My husband and I were in a huge rush getting there and getting out. But I would never dream of leaving during an encore...I can't believe how many people were doing that.

Thanks for the Secret Life video Baldwyn. I'm always in awe at the control he has over his voice in that song. A very special song for me - the first LC song I ever heard.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:29 pm

Thanks Parfuri - nice video of Suzanne.

And here's some good video uploaded by Ovidiu Predescu - Thanks!

So Long Marianne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxcAMw7BznQ

First We Take Manhattan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hexYzLTVhjM

Famous Blue Raincoat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jY3ch8tMwI
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:35 pm

It's not up close - but more video -

Uploaded by Jehoshua Shapiro - Thanks!

First We Take Manhattan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaSwYO6a1l0

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Uploaded by dannamorutube - Thanks!

A Thousands Kisses Deep (partial)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhyvfVsSeGw
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby TxJen » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:51 pm

Well, I seem to be the only one with a deep disappointment with the venue. Having heard Leonard in Austin at the Long Center, where even in the absolute nosebleed section the concert was an immersive experience, this was very subpar. We had excellent seats in San Jose (to some degree) off to the side with perfect stage view and not too far from the floor. Perhaps next time (and I do hope there is a next time) we should go to the floor despite the price, maybe it sounded better down there, but I'm short, I wonder if all I would have seen was heads.

For a number of songs it was a complete f-ing cluster of late people blocking views of the stage. Seriously people, it was rediculous. I had to watch on a screen that was off and up to the left of me. There were people sitting in the aisles, people in the wrong seats, people standing in front of me more times than I can count. Ushers with about zero clue. This was for about the first 3 songs after the start and the break. No joke. The people around me in their seats were gems though, thankfully!

Then somewhere around 10pm some weird hissing sound started appearing from left rear as far as I can tell. I thought it was some idiot at first, but something in the sound system had gone horribly wrong and they never fixed it for the rest of the concert. Sound was often muffled and muddy as well. The hissing seemed to be some sort of thing like "s" type sounds escaping and running free -- I am not a sound person, I have no idea what it was besides annoying.

It was still a wonderful concert and I didn't want it to end -- and it really flew by timewise, but ughhh, what a horrible venue. When you just want to be there in the moment and everything keeps pulling you our of your happy place ... that is a disappointment. Oh yeah, and people with video -- having to see your screen when in sightlines for the stage -- yeah, that's kinda annoying too. I use my head to remember experiences. I may be in the minority in that view, but I don't really care.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby MaryB » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:48 pm

Thank you everyone for your reviews!

Marsha - I really appreciated your heartening review and am now able to really look forward to his London, Ontario concert! Thank you.

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby mnkyface » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:01 pm

SJNov.7.2012.jpg
I absolutely loved this seat and would choose this section for future shows at this venue. As Jen said, I think the floor level beyond the first few rows would be a sea of heads. I loved being up high like this, but still not too far away. We had a great view of Leonard the whole time. Also, you can't see it in the pic, but there was a huge screen directly to the right of us, practically in our faces, on which we could count Leonard's pores, if we were so inclined. (well, yeah, ok, I was.) The technicians behind the curtains there were also an endless source of fascination. :lol:
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby Mulvaney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:43 pm

A beautifully done concert. We missed Dino from the start, but as promised, Leonard gave all that he could give. The jaws harp on Democracy. The subline Webb sisters doing Coming Back To You. No Partisan (I missed hearing Javier Mas on this) or Closing Time, but his version of Save the Last Dance for Me was a fun surprise. Yes, it was Leonard. What more could anyone want?
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby comfortandpain » Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:45 am

I'm 16, and I totally enjoyed it!!!

It was the first time I saw him performing live, and it was just... unbelievable!!!
He didn't talk much, but at the beginning of Part II, he actually said "I'm glad you didn't go home"... he was so funny~

I read his Book of Longing and Stranger Music -- they are great poetry. This Wednesday seeing him live is definitely an incredibly meaningful experience for me...

Hope to see him again (don't start smoking!)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby Pafuri » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:33 am

Herewith some pictures of this concert, as promised.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/african_ey ... 971211409/
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby phillip » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:22 am

comfortandpain wrote:I'm 16, and I totally enjoyed it!!!

It was the first time I saw him performing live, and it was just... unbelievable!!!
He didn't talk much, but at the beginning of Part II, he actually said "I'm glad you didn't go home"... he was so funny~

I read his Book of Longing and Stranger Music -- they are great poetry. This Wednesday seeing him live is definitely an incredibly meaningful experience for me...

Hope to see him again (don't start smoking!)
I was 17 when I became a fan of Leonard Cohen and have worshipped him since I have got all his books and albums plus concerts too! seen him 4 times in concert glad glad you enjoyed it and nice to see such a young fan :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby sue7 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:37 pm

From Sal Pizarro's column in the Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/sal-pizarro/ ... und-corner
TOUCH OF CLASS: When the legendary Leonard Cohen checked into the Hotel De Anza on Tuesday afternoon, in advance of his Wednesday night show at HP Pavilion, his main priority was finding a place where he and his group could watch the election results. General Manger Alison McKennon pointed them to the Hedley Club Lounge, which showed TV coverage of the election all night.

Cohen returned to the Hedley Club on Thursday before departing to Seattle and chatted with daytime bartender Harold Martin, who is a bassist himself. Martin asked the 78-year-old singer and songwriter how Wednesday's show went, Cohen responded, "No one asked for their money back."
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby zwirnie » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:06 pm

This is the setlist (via setlist.fm), posted by an attendee of the concert. Could anybody verify it or note any mistakes?

HP Pavilion, San Jose ... November 7, 2012

First Set
Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who by Fire
Darkness
Sisters of Mercy
Amen
Come Healing
In My Secret Life
A Thousand Kisses Deep (Recitation)
Waiting for the Miracle
Anthem

Second Set
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Going Home
Anyhow
Heart with No Companion
Democracy
Coming Back to You (performed by the Webb Sisters)
Alexandra Leaving (performed by Sharon Robinson)
I'm Your Man
Hallelujah
Take This Waltz

Encore 1
So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan
Encore 2
Famous Blue Raincoat
Encore 3
Save the Last Dance for Me (The Drifters cover)

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CONCERT REPORT: San Jose, CA - November 7, 2012

Postby regensburg » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:38 pm

Baldwin, you should have seen the show in L A I guess nobody had a voice there at all. I do not understand why some people even go.

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