I'm so excited about my trip to see the Auckland show tomorrow night (the 22nd)!
Fabulous fabulous fabulous. A once in a lifetime opportunity and never to be forgotten.
#1 Posted by BD — 09:20 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
My husband and I were at the concert last night and it was absolutely brilliant. Couldn't fault it at all. Really professional. Stadium was absolutely packed out and he had at least 4 standing ovations. His voice has never altered over the years. Fabulous band and singers.
We need more events like that in Wellington to make it come alive!!
Sam Hunt also gave a brilliant start to it all. Well done everyone
#2 Posted by June McGregor — 09:28 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I'm with Simon. The best show I have ever seen - A 75 year old man performing for over three hours. Such an old rascal, but so humble and gentle about it you can't help but fall in love with him and his silky set of lungs. If you haven't seen it already, check out this doco about him "I'm your man" - it was in the film festival a couple of years ago, and apart from Bono's token appearance, it is amazing.
#3 Posted by Christine — 09:44 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I have attended many concers over the decades but this one would top my list. Cohen and his band of accomplished musicicians delivered a spellbinding performance that would be hard to beat.
#4 Posted by Ruz — 09:44 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Agree with Simon and all above - best concert ever. The sound was immaculate and the musicians/singers uniformly excellent. Leonard's delivery was sublime, his banter clever and witty and there was just the right amount of it. Will take that one to my grave.
#5 Posted by Jacko — 10:03 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Spell binding! We were in the presence of a master whose humility, humour, and songs had us mesmerized. The talented support group were the perfect complement. The TSB arena has never felt more intimate or right- we could have been in a 50's jazz bar.
#6 Posted by Anishka — 10:14 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Words can't do it justice. He and his band made that cavernous barn feel like the most intimate club. From the moment he ran - ran! - on to stage it was love. Spine tingling. Emotional. And who'd have thought he'd be funny? Thanks Leonard. Enjoy the possum scarf.
#7 Posted by Steve Matthews — 10:37 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I was fortunate to see Cohen in the Albert Hall in 1974. I said then I would be happy to see him again even if he played in a cow shed. Last night he played in that 'cow shed'. He was more personable than '74 but brought tears to my eyes with Chelsea Hotel and The Partisan. Now my two best concerts ever are both the Master; Leonard Cohen
#8 Posted by Tyles — 10:41 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Looks like everyone kicked a goal
#9 Posted by TimD — 10:46 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Great review, a wonderful portent of the evening to come in Auckland.
#10 Posted by Warren — 10:53 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Every song a gift, exquisitely crafted, packaged with sublime skill and delivered with wit, grace and friendship.
#11 Posted by maclir — 11:02 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
The BEST concert I have ever been to. Have been a fan of Leonard Cohen for over 30 years - he sounds the best he has ever sounded. The concrt was over 3 hours and far exceeded my expectations.
#12 Posted by Catherine — 11:27 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I had to wait 50 years to see Mr Cohen perform live - it was worth the wait !! WOW - what an amazing concert. Those who were lucky enough to be there last night will hold it in their hearts and minds for ever. Thank you Leonard for coming to New Zealand
#13 Posted by Barbara — 11:38 AM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
The most amazing show I have ever been to, bar none. Absolutely unbelievable. Uplifting, spiritual and mind-blowing. An absolutely incredible experience. Incredible!
The man himself was incomparable. And the musicians were all worthy of the great man, and he gave them each in turn the spotlight. His vocalists sent chills up my spine.
He played for about three hours. The experience was like a first-time junkie taking too big a hit... I feared my brain would explode.
#14 Posted by AdamR — 12:46 PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Captivated from start to finish. An experience of a lifetime & certainly the finest concert I've ever attended. The man & his band are legends in our time & a was a whoppingly huge privilege!
#15 Posted by Chris Butler — 13:42 PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
The show was the greatest, as was the man and the band.
The venue was pathetic, for me and about 15% of the audience seated far back on the sides. We booked the "best available seats" by 9 AM on the first day available, and travelled especially from Hamilton to see the great man. In our seats we had strip lights from the bar shining in our eyes, staff moving continually in the lights, boozers going back and forth. This was so distracting that one could not enjoy the music nor enter into the lighting effects - we might as well have been in the lobby. The night was rescued for me when I went the stood against the back wall half way down the hall for the 2nd part of the show. From that position it was a truly great show, so I can see how those with good seats must have loved it.
#16 Posted by Denis — 13:58 PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I agree. The best concert ever and one that I thought I would never have a chance to see. That performance by all involved was a tribute to the poetry and songs that I have lived with and loved for nearly 4 decades.
#17 Posted by Doug — 16:50 PM | Wednesday, 21 January 2009