CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:01 am

dari - I think this is yours - Worldstreams on YouTube
And I don't think it was posted here -
And - it's good! Thanks!

Darkness -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKx1mym9ujI
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Postby sturgess66 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:38 am

More good video - uploaded by rlamtk - Thanks!

Darkness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnJO7ZomBQ

Tower of Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SoWK1pkPJA
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby dari » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:46 am

sturgess66 wrote:dari - I think this is yours - Worldstreams on YouTube
And I don't think it was posted here -
And - it's good! Thanks!
Darkness -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKx1mym9ujI
Thanks sturgess66... I wasn't happy with that one.
I had a giant with a fedora on in front of me and it was very frustrating. I could never see anything to the left of me :(

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby dari » Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:21 am

sturgess66... where were you sitting? I have been looking at your videos and it's looks like you were not far from me. I was in Section C Row 9 on the floor.
Next time I go to MSG I want to be off the floor :-)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:21 am

dari wrote:sturgess66... where were you sitting? I have been looking at your videos and it's looks like you were not far from me. I was in Section C Row 9 on the floor.
Next time I go to MSG I want to be off the floor :-)
Dari - Yes - we could have been quite close - you were probably almost directly across the isle from me - but up two rows.
I was Section B, Row 11, Seat 14 (about 3 seats in from the isle next to Section C).
It would make a big difference if the floor were slanted - but that floor is flat as the earth allegedly was - back in the 1400s - ha ha
I was playing "peek-a-boo" a lot - at the mercy of a woman in front of me with big hair who sometimes felt like cuddling with her friend.
A serious black-out for me. :lol: Off the floor sections would be better - or - the front row.

I know it wasn't funny for you - but thanks anyway for the laugh - about the "giant in the fedora"
The tallest person in MSG that night!! :lol:
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:25 pm

A review by Robert Christgau - MSN Music -
http://social.entertainment.msn.com/mus ... 211595df46

"Unlike most dinosaur-rock ‑- and also unlike the tradition-bearing Nelson or Sinatra with his voice and recall memory shot ‑- this was not a nostalgia trip, a comforting or at best invigorating look back at pleasures and potencies past. It posited a clear-eyed future in which the fruits of a well-spent life remain at your disposal. Leonard Cohen is the 78-year-old 68-year-olds hope to become."
Leonard Cohen: Spirit, Flesh And Imperfect Perfection

The Canadian song poet wraps the first leg of his current U.S. tour with an absorbing, inspiring Madison Square Garden show

By MSN Music Staff Thu 1:03 PM

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By Robert Christgau
Special to MSN Music

The latest major-venue tour of 78-year-old Leonard Cohen is neither miraculous nor unprecedented. People remain active longer today than they did in, say, 1978, when blueswoman Alberta Hunter recommenced her musical career at 83 in what was a true miracle at the time. Frank Sinatra played arenas into the '90s, 79-year-old Willie Nelson shows no sign of stopping, and others will surely follow. But that's not to say they'll follow Cohen, who spent 40 years eking out records without ever turning road dog and hated his 1993 tour so much he spent the next five years in a monastery. Going out and entertaining huge audiences is new for him, and since it started when he was 73, that's a bit of a miracle in itself. He undertook this mission for the money after his manager stole all his savings. But now it has a spiritual necessity of its own.

Despite a visible admixture of under-50s, there was more white hair in the crowd that filled Madison Square Garden for Cohen on Dec. 18, my own included, than at any rock concert I've ever attended. Yet the artist may have been the oldest person in the house. Beyond his deep songbook and precise, ostensibly modest stagecraft, what Cohen was selling this audience was a vision of vital old age. Unlike most dinosaur-rock ‑- and also unlike the tradition-bearing Nelson or Sinatra with his voice and recall memory shot ‑- this was not a nostalgia trip, a comforting or at best invigorating look back at pleasures and potencies past. It posited a clear-eyed future in which the fruits of a well-spent life remain at your disposal. Leonard Cohen is the 78-year-old 68-year-olds hope to become.

I'd caught Cohen at the Beacon Theater in early 2009, and there have been changes since then. His half-spoken nicotine baritone has deepened even further, into a whispered or murmured bass deployed with an assured skill that makes his younger voice sound callow and sarcastic, and he's aged visibly as even aged people do ‑- a vainer man would get a necklift. The setlist has shifted to make room for five songs from “Old Ideas,” which he recorded hobbled by a back injury and released early this year. His backup singers Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters sported new solo features, with Robinson's rendition of the co-written "Alexandra Leaving" a showstopper. The cosmic joke about the choral doo-dum-dum-dums on "Tower of Song" had been replaced with a homier joke about the applause for his bone-simple synth solo. "Is this charity for the elderly week?" Cohen asked, then proceeded to prove he could play . . . two notes at once!

But 17 of the 29 songs he did at the Garden were also performed at the Beacon and on the superb “Live in London” double-CD, and 11 of these were from the four pre-“Old Ideas” studio albums he's recorded since 1988, when he turned 54. Clearly Cohen conceives his canon as an old man's canon. Songs from the cult career he launched as a short-haired, suit-sporting 34-year-old in high-hippie 1968 ‑- such revered chestnuts as the entranced "Suzanne," the soaring "So Long, Marianne," and the rueful Janis Joplin tale "Chelsea Hotel #2" ‑- were enthusiastically revived and received once more, and the bereft 1974 singalong "Lover Lover Lover" was brushed up for the occasion. But unlike almost every other musician who went public circa 1968, he never stopped writing good songs even if they took him years, as many did.

Some would say Cohen's entire life has been a quest for the perfect woman he'll never find because he's so imperfect himself. With his ingrained politesse, he might even agree ‑- he's never been one to celebrate a "freedom" he knows to be a failure to commit. But his entire life has also been a quest for spiritual enlightenment. And even if you scoff at such quests, you'd be hard-pressed to deny he got somewhere in that monastery.

Scattered through the 29 songs were a few overtly political statements. Although some cynics dismiss Cohen as one, all stared down an endemic injustice idealists too know to be dismayingly recalcitrant, each nailing its title in a killer line like the bitter and furious "I've seen the future, brother/it is murder," the mock march with Jew's harp "Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.," the perfectly turned "Everybody knows the deal is rotten/Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton/For your ribbons and bows/Everybody knows," and the hipster-baiting "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin."

These grounded Cohen's signature romantic fare, where I, this night, in this mood, was stopped short by "I see you standing on the other side/I don't know how the river got so wide," "I call to you, I call to you/But I don't call soft enough," "Confined to sex, we pressed against/The limits of the sea." I was with my wife, who only warmed to Cohen in his current phase, and neither of us feels we need him for relationship advice. But his old age advice is first-rate. Cohen's greatest couplet anchors "Anthem," which capped the first set: "There is a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in." In a highly imperfect world, we need that kind of light as much as anyone.

As usual, Cohen was onstage for about three hours. Often he sang kneeling, or hunched in apparent devotion that for all I know made his back feel better. He was spelled now and then by his singers, or by musicians who are rock only by historical association. Colored decisively by Barcelona guitar-etc. master Javier Mas and Moldavian violinist Alexandru Bublitchi and anchored by a drummer from Mexico City and a bassist from Poughkeepsie, this is a modern European cafe band that can handle country and blues like Americans when the arrangement requires it, and they deserve their solos. Anyway, many younger singers sneak in such breaks. Cohen's stamina was inspirational.

And so was his inspiration. The third category of Cohen song seeks enlightenment like "Anthem." Sometimes his beloved sex is implicated, most irresistibly in "Hallelujah," the "Amazing Grace" of the new century. But I'm more partial to "Tower of Song," where his beloved music is implicated instead; "If It Be Your Will," a Jewish prayer to which the Webb Sisters bent their English harmonies; and the Jahweh-channeling "Going Home," which opens “Old Ideas” with a bang it never quite equals again. All were spellbinding.

My sole complaint about the show was that the other “Old Ideas” songs dragged a little. But when I played the album next morning, I noticed that it was full of enlightenment songs, and that after a year and dozens of plays, hearing them live had finally begun to put them in place for me. As Cohen would no doubt point out, determining just how much they have to say to me is going to take time. And at 70 I know I've got some that I'm obliged to use as faithfully as I can.

Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:24 am

dari wrote:I hope someone was able to record So Long Marianne. That was so beautiful. I have a tiny part of it because even though I was close to the stage. I had a giant in a fedora in front of me one seat to the left and I was told twice by an usher to stop recording. I think the only reason that I was bothered by the usher was because the woman sitting next to the person I was with complained about me. I couldn't stop smiling all night. And she didn't smile once :-)
Dari - I've been hoping too for a video of "So Long Marianne" from this show. It was beautiful. Leonard picked up roses from the front of the stage and held them for a while as he continued singing - and then he started distributing them - ladies first. :D I think I recall that one fell to the floor. The picture below is one of the many wonderful pictures provided by BrooklynVegan.
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2 ... n_p_3.html

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:54 am

I'm pretty sure I heard this - live -

Uploaded by maribethdougherty -

Leonard Cohen concert 12/18/12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmC_XP26g6s
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:21 pm

More from the Worldwide Web - CribNotes from a site called Atlanta - CreativeLoafing -

http://clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/201 ... ues-dec-18

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Leonard Cohen Brought 'Old Ideas' to Madison Square Garden on Tues., Dec. 18
Posted by Chad Radford @ChadRad on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM

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Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Perry Julien


Ace photographer Perry Julien was in New York City last week and managed to make his way into Leonard Cohen's performance at Madison Square Garden on December 18. They're too good not to share here. It was a show that Julien describes as being in his top 10 music photography experiences ever, and amid a career spanning 35 years, that's saying something.

Perry Julien:

"When Leonard Cohen's 2009 tour brought him to The Fox Theatre, much of the crowd assumed this would be the last tour for the 75 year old poet and songwriter. But a new album, Old Ideas, inspired him to go back on the road with his band including his long time collaborator Sharon Robinson, the Webb Sisters and guitarist Javier Mas. Despite his 78 years Cohen played over 3 hours, covering 29 songs - hits including "Hallelujah" and "Famous Blue Raincoat" to tracks from his latest album."
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby Wirebird » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:28 pm

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby Cheshire gal » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:16 am

Wirebird your videos are excellent as usual. I always look forward to seeing your work.
Thank you. :D
'...and here's a man still working for your little smile' -Leonard Cohen
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:59 am

Dari - I hope you don't mind me adding this - I don't see it here - and it is another of your videos - and it is good
And thanks!

Closing Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys2ie5RY84o
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:02 am

Video uploaded by Betty Robinson - Thanks

Come Healing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1BLji3rzwc
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby jasmina/r » Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:46 pm

I am delighted that I could be at Madison Square Garden 18th December! Leonard Cohen and the band are still fantastic, magical ... amazing ... My soul and heart are full of positive energy! Leonard, thank you for the concerts ... see you in the summer somewhere in Europe :D

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