CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby A.Sukitu » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:58 pm

Wendy, thanks!
... you've saved me from disappointment ... (though the audio is always a gift).
Hopefully there will be some sort of video/dvd coming out from this tour. I really hope so - it is wonderful to see Leonard smiling so much, dancing so much, kneeling (and getting up so elegantly and so quickly - breathtaking) .... and the music so exquisite.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:51 pm

jim devlin wrote:that little keyboard impro in Tower of Song is from Leonard's keyboard intro to Dance Me To The End Of Love back in the 1988 and 1993 concerts.
Thanks for the wee bit of insight Jim. :D I think the marker on the video where it starts is 1.19.33.
Here's a video of Dance Me To The End Of Love - from Roskilde 1988 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkn2B_pwGqU
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:44 pm

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/leisure/musi ... 7/?ref=rss

He is 78 you know, 79 a week tomorrow, and it feels like an act of betrayal to sprightly Leonard to mention it, and patronising too. However, we are not used to such performances from anyone aside from rediscovered Buena Vista Social Club Cubans and gold-teethed bluesman waking up to another bad morning. Even theatre only has Lear and cinema has On Golden Pond and Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.
Review: Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas World Tour, Leeds Arena, September 7

11:58am Friday 13th September 2013 in Music news and reviews By Charles Hutchinson

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GOD bless the taxman.

You can’t often say that, but when fiscal problems from the alleged misuse of his finances by his personal manager led Leonard Cohen to end his 15-year stage hiatus in 2008, we were blessed.

Not everyone saw that messianic return, and so God bless Leeds – and you can’t always say that in York – for opening the First Direct Arena. If it were to close again tomorrow, it would still have been worth it, just to have witnessed Cohen last Saturday.

He is 78 you know, 79 a week tomorrow, and it feels like an act of betrayal to sprightly Leonard to mention it, and patronising too. However, we are not used to such performances from anyone aside from rediscovered Buena Vista Social Club Cubans and gold-teethed bluesman waking up to another bad morning. Even theatre only has Lear and cinema has On Golden Pond and Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.

Let’s get over that prejudice, just as Cohen got over the bad back – ironically brought on by exercising – that forced the postponement of an earlier tour in his comeback. Let’s be grateful that Leonard treats his audience and his back catalogue far better than Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.

Your reviewer won’t be alone in not having “got” Leonard Cohen until seeing him live. There would be those who dismissed him as “slit-your-wrists music”; others might have expected an old guy croaking away on a stool. And then you hear the voice and it stops you in your tracks: so warm, deep, lithe, and, gosh, so erotic.

And then you watch Cohen drop to his knees and this is not an old man’s fall, but an act of supplication. He will do it repeatedly through two sets, so it’s showmanship too.

And then there are the words: Leonard the poet, the romantic, the sage, the wit, the piper. He is sensual and spiritual, a man of faith, Jewish by birth and Buddhist by demeanour, but it goes deeper than religion. This is faith in life, making sense of who we are, what we do, why we do it.

Ah, what about the music? Who ever said Len was just dirge? He had brought together the most breathtaking set of players and harmony singers, as international as a G8 conference.

Spanish guitar player Javier Mas, from Barcelona. Percussionist Rafael Gayol from Mexico. Keyboards player and accordionist Neil Larsen, from Florida. Bass player Roscoe Beck from Los Angeles. Guitarist Mitch Watkins from Texas. Vocalist Sharon Robertson from San Francisco. Harmony singers The Webb Sisters, from Kent.

I name them individually because that’s the kind of respect Cohen shows them. When they are each in the spotlight, he removes his trilby, watches intently and bows in gratitude as the solo ends. Have you ever seen such generosity of spirit at any other concert? No.

Dance Me To The End Of Love, Tower Of Song, Suzanne, Take This Waltz, First We Take Manhattan, and yes, Hallelujah, he played them all, and so many more, before skipping off stage well past 11pm.

“Are you mocking me?” he had asked, teasingly, as he picked at a keyboard, but on this hallelujah of a night, Leonard Cohen made a mockery of any age-old stereotype.

God bless Leonard Cohen, whoever is your god.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby Vicomte » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:18 pm

sturgess66 wrote:
Thanks for the wee bit of insight Jim. :D I think the marker on the video where it starts is 1.19.33.
Here's a video of Dance Me To The End Of Love - from Roskilde 1988 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkn2B_pwGqU
Ah the sheer joy of watching Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen.........
I guess it all started for me sometime around Christmas 1967 and now, goodness me, it's.........2017 and fifty years later.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby Zimmy66 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:25 pm

Vicomte wrote:

Ah the sheer joy of watching Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen.........
You and me both Vicomte. You and me both.

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby TommyJ » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:39 pm

[quote][/quote]"Spanish guitar player Javier Mas, from Barcelona. Percussionist Rafael Gayol from Mexico. Keyboards player and accordionist Neil Larsen, from Florida. Bass player Roscoe Beck from Los Angeles. Guitarist Mitch Watkins from Texas. Vocalist Sharon Robertson from San Francisco. Harmony singers The Webb Sisters, from Kent."

What does Charles Hutchinson have against violinists?

Tom
London o2 July 2008 and Nov 2008, NYC (Radio City Music Hall) May 2009, Weybridge July 2009, Lille Sept 2010, Las Vegas Dec 2010, Wembley 8 and 9 Sept 2012, Dublin Sept 2012, Paris Sept 2012, London 02 June 2013, Leeds Sept 2013, London o2 Sept 2013 ... and hopefully more to come.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:27 pm

Video uploaded by Kaley Nicola

Bird On The Wire (partial)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlhyYF8MrB8
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Leeds UK - Saturday 7 September 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:29 am

For those who attended this show - here's a nice video memory, just uploaded to YouTube by Robson Stroud.
I looked through the thread and I think this is the only video capture of Hallelujah - for this show - so far ... :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHJauwlf4eQ

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