CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin (June 13, 14, and 15)

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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby ManiSav » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:11 pm

I was at the Saturday night gig. Its easy to explain to someone who was there what a powerful event it was, and almost impossible to convey this to someone who was not there. Suffice to say this is another 'before and after' event in my life.

I'm surprised that nobody picked up on the most touching comment he made. 'Its starting to get dark, soon we won't be able to see each other'

I'll always remember the evening Leonard Cohen sang to me in Dublin, and 10 thousand other people listened in.

Thanks for the songs, Mr Cohen
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby amcgee » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:20 pm

Hi

I went to the concert on Saturday night with my wife and 2 others, two of us were leonard cohen fan's and my wife was coming because of me
We got to the concert at around 6pm and there were big que's and it turned out that Cohen was on stage doing a sound check, so we were able to listen and see him for 30 minutes.
When we eventually got in and when he came on stage he just brought everyone into his world and made it a truly wonderful night, i have seen Bob Dylan, neil Yound and a few other big performers and this night was a billion times better.
His voice was amazing and his band was brilliant. He more or less kepted to the same set list

He sang all his songs with such passion that you could feal every word of his songs,when he sang Hallelujah with such power, and such passion that even Jeff Buckley would admit that his version would never reach. Leonard reclaimed one of his most famous songs, it proves that the original is the best

He thanked the fans for keeping his music alive and finihed offby saying"without offending any atheist amongst us, God Bless you"

Ggood bless you Cohen for proving without a shadow of doubt that you are a living legend and you treat your fans with respect unlike other artist who don't really care.

Hope to see him again sometime
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby confetti » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:29 pm

Mikeaus wrote:Oh for a bad seat.
Oh for noisy people.
Oh for drunks.
Oh for rain.
Oh to be at a Leonard Cohen concert.

From Mike in Australia
you are right Mike, I wouldn't have missed that for the world, and feel incredibly grateful to have been part of it. But your time will come, :D
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby kieron » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:57 pm

Thanks for the memories Leonard.
Thank you for allowing us celebrate and contemplate the mysteries of the human condition with you.
Thanks for your humility and graciousness. Traits that modern Ireland lacks.
Thank you for your blessing on a key ring.
Thanks for taking the time tell us your stories.
We may be aging but you still have our ear.

Go raibh mille maith agat agus go n'eiri an bothar leat. Slan go foil.
"A terrible beauty is born" WB Yeats.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby Ben_the_Claret » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:04 pm

Hi everyone. :)

I went to the Dublin concert last night. First off, Leonard was amazing and owned the stage. The musicians and singers were stunning too and despite the rain, most of the fans had a fantastic time.

As has already been mentioned, unfortunately the concert had a large amount of people who seemed intent on getting drunk and talking amongst themselves rather than concentrating on the main man (which is why we were all there, I assume).

Maybe it was just where my wife and I were sat, but it spoilt (and I mean really spoilt) the evening for us. Several people around us were talking on their mobile phones, others staggered drunkenly causing a nuisance. A fight broke out at one point just behind us. To give them credit, the stewards were spot on and dealt with all situations to the best of their abilities, but it was a real shame for those who wanted to enjoy Leonard and his music.

Now I'm sorry of people think I'm being a killjoy. I'm 30, and by no means have anything against people having a good time but there is a time and a place for getting stinking drunk and behaving like idiots. This was not it. It was totally disrespectful to Leonard Cohen and his true fans who had waited 20 years to see him again.

Thanks for listening, but I needed to get that off my chest. :?
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby Tuulikki1 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:12 pm

This is my first post to this forum, I just thought I’d share my thoughts of the Saturday’s gig. I don’t think I still have fully recovered from it. It was easily one of the best gigs I’ve ever been.
To be honest I didn’t know what to expect, mainly because it was an outdoor gig, never thought that Mr. Cohen’s songs could work very well in outdoor setting, but boy was I wrong! From start to finish it was incredible. His voice was better than ever the band was brilliant, the Web sisters & Sharon Robinson sang like angels, the sound was perfect even on the back…but the thing that made it extra special for me was the audience. Yes the same audience lot of people are criticising here. Yes, I did see some very drunk people (especially a couple two rows front of me being so drunk that they were hardly able to stand, spilling drinks and falling over top of everyone), and if I had been sitting beside or front of those I would probably think otherwise, but where I was seated (back in row BBB) everyone around me were wonderful and they just seemed to love the man and had the greatest respect for him. Nearly every song was greeted with “oh my God can’t believe he is singing this”. And yes there was a bit of a sing-a-song going on but not on the quiet songs and if someone got too loud, they were ask to keep it down, which they pretty much did. In my view you can’t expect total silence in an outdoor gig that has over 10000 people anyway.
I started talking with people sitting beside me and behind me during the break and they really were genuine fans. There were a group of women, maybe on their early sixties behind me and they said that they have been listening Leonard Cohen 40 years and this was total dream come true for them. One of them said that she remembers asking her friend, who worked with Aer Lingus to bring her the “Songs of Love and Hate” album from abroad, because it was banned in Ireland (?!). Beside me were two brothers, also huge fans, who knew all the songs. During Take this Waltz, one of them ask me if I can waltz and when I said yes, he took me to the aisle and we waltz away with several other people. During Thousand Kisses Deep, I was looking around and I saw several people crying (me included) When the gig was over total strangers were hugging each other with tears in their eyes. I think everyone realised that they had shared something really special. It really was a magical experience.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby amcgee » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:22 pm

Hi

I was sitting on the tiered seating on saturday night and no one was talking, everyone was listenning to the songs. When he spoke the words of "A Thousand Kisses and If it be your will" you could hear a ping drop, as the audience was so quiet , so am a bit surprised that some people had a bad experiance at it, by big fear coming to the concert was that people around me would either talk or sing during the songs and luckily for me, it was very quiet and the only person talking was Cohen himself.
but the reality is that with such a big crowd , you will always get a few disrespectful people(i won't call them fan's) who seem contect to talk or even shout , therby disturbing people around the area.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby MFL » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:29 pm

I attended the concert on Saturday night. I had a wonderful night. It was outstanding. I loved every moment.
I can understand how some may have been annoyed by the people that danced their way to the front during Democracy. (They may or may not have been led by an old hand forum member ;-) ) It made me laugh as the effect was amazing. They came like the tidal flood, there was no holding them back, they were happy and I’m sure had I had been sitting at the back, I would have joined them. However I had a great seat and due to the invading crowd my great seat really no longer was. The domino effect was that everyone was forced to stand from then on. I had mixed feelings about this. There were people who remained seated therefore they could not see the stage at all. I was lucky to be able to stand; perhaps others could not stand for so long.
I felt it created a better atmosphere. The mood lifted. At some points during the show I thought the audience a little too somber. So many just waiting for the few songs they knew and chatting, going to the bar or taking lots and lots and lots of photographs, Why watch the show trough the lens of a camera?
A Thousand Kisses Deep the effect was lost as those around me were mumbling away, waiting for the song to start…I sat and closed my eyes, this helped.


Overall I felt the show was Amazing. I’m sure the wonderful wordsmiths among us can describe these feelings much better than I. Thank you Leonard Cohen for the joy you have brought to our lives. Thank you for visiting our fair land. I’m only sad it is over. The god of love has departed.


PS. Anyone know the names of the band members. ;-)
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby confetti » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:36 pm

MFL wrote:

PS. Anyone know the names of the band members. ;-)
I wish Leonard had introduced them :lol:
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby Ben_the_Claret » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:38 pm

MFL wrote:I attended the concert on Saturday night. I had a wonderful night. It was outstanding. I loved every moment.
I can understand how some may have been annoyed by the people that danced their way to the front during Democracy. (They may or may not have been led by an old hand forum member ;-) ) It made me laugh as the effect was amazing. They came like the tidal flood, there was no holding them back, they were happy and I’m sure had I had been sitting at the back, I would have joined them. However I had a great seat and due to the invading crowd my great seat really no longer was. The domino effect was that everyone was forced to stand from then on. I had mixed feelings about this. There were people who remained seated therefore they could not see the stage at all. I was lucky to be able to stand; perhaps others could not stand for so long.
I felt it created a better atmosphere. The mood lifted. At some points during the show I thought the audience a little too somber. So many just waiting for the few songs they knew and chatting, going to the bar or taking lots and lots and lots of photographs, Why watch the show trough the lens of a camera?
A Thousand Kisses Deep the effect was lost as those around me were mumbling away, waiting for the song to start…I sat and closed my eyes, this helped.


Overall I felt the show was Amazing. I’m sure the wonderful wordsmiths among us can describe these feelings much better than I. Thank you Leonard Cohen for the joy you have brought to our lives. Thank you for visiting our fair land. I’m only sad it is over. The god of love has departed.


PS. Anyone know the names of the band members. ;-)
'A Thousand Kisses Deep' was also (almost) ruined for me by a delightful young lady who was walking up and down the aisle yakking away on her mobile phone. Despite being asked to be quiet by several people, she didn't get the message and walked to the front of the aisle continuing to talk loudly. I last saw her being escorted out of the grounds only a few short minutes later so, as I said, the stewards were doing a decent job.

I'm aware that I must sound like a right grumpy git, but it does appear that we were one of the few and just probably unlucky that we were sat by the idiots.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby dharma » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:41 pm

jchrishall2000 wrote: I saw LC in conversation with Philip Glass at the Barbican last year and he seems to looks and sound younger now - how does he do that?!?! :)
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i had exactly the same thought - at the barbican he seemed "so much older then" but "younger than that now" :D
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby confetti » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:49 pm

I suppose because it was outdoor, people feel more free to talk, and get up and down to the toilet and bars, than if they were in a hall.
I don't understand though why so many people got soooo drunk, i was so glad to be there, that I didn't want to forget or miss a moment of it, the 4 ladies behind me, enjoyed themselves quite a lot but I am sure they won't remember a thing about it, which is a great pity when the chances of seeing him again are so slim.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby Ben_the_Claret » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:16 pm

confetti wrote:I suppose because it was outdoor, people feel more free to talk, and get up and down to the toilet and bars, than if they were in a hall.
I don't understand though why so many people got soooo drunk, i was so glad to be there, that I didn't want to forget or miss a moment of it, the 4 ladies behind me, enjoyed themselves quite a lot but I am sure they won't remember a thing about it, which is a great pity when the chances of seeing him again are so slim.
My thoughts exactly. With the price of tickets, it was obvious that they must be fans of Cohen - but the lads who were next to me would struggle to remember a thing. Why get so rat-arsed? There's just no need.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby Caillte » Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:31 pm

!4th June 2008 will live forever in my heart. This was not a concert, it was a religious experience. My wife and I cried and held each during "Anthem". Leonard, you have been a vital part of our lives for 30+ years. You're music keeps us alive. And as you leave our shores I wish you long life and good health until we see you again.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Postby qbera6 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:19 pm

Hi all,

I went to see Leonard in Dublin on Saturday 14th June and I must say it was an amazing experience.
He came on stage round 8pm and said “Good Evening friends, shall we start it” He started off with Dance me to the End of Love (set list was nearly identical to the previous concerts but he didn’t sing So Long Marianne – very disappointing because I was expecting it). Someone threw a bunch of red roses on the stage and he smiled, picked 3 roses up and gave them to the Webb sisters and Sharon. Smooth :D
All through the concert Leonard sounded great..he can still sing..and was in great form too. The set list was nearly 3 hours and I enjoyed every minute of it.
On to the bad stuff:
There was people sitting behind us...a girl on the phone constanlty and a few people talking to each other...very disturbing...why did they even bother coming to see the gig??? To have a chat with their mates? To get drunk? Very disapointing...but maybe I was just unlucky...
Looking forward to seeing Leonard in Manchester on Wednesday 18 June. I think the audience will be different and since it's indoors it's going to be even better.
:)

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