CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by DrHGuy » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:17 pm

Browsing through jemtreadwell's wonderful scrapbook of articles pertinent to Leonard Cohen from the 1970s UK music press at http://www.jemtreadwell.com/cohen/scrapbook (also see thread: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14747&start=0&st=0& ... =scrapbook), I found this from a review of Leonard Cohen's "Dublin tour debut" on Page 3:
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It looks as though, save the set list order, the review for the Dublin concert was written 30+ years ago.
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Post by burningviolin » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:21 pm

Report on Dublin Monday 20th.

Can't really add anything that hasn't already been said, most wonderful concert. Was way way liverlier than Liverpool and I enjoyed it much more than Liverpool. I thought despite a cold or sore throat or whatever he had LC was really up for it as were the band. Great energy from the start right throught to the end. The crowd were really energic and at one point I felt it was almost getting rowdy which wasn't so good. (It reminded me of Christy Moore gig, he seems to carefully 'manage' the audience which is annoying but the idea is to not clap along to everything, if they did, it would just ruin things as everything deteriorates into a sing song. He does allow the audience to clap along in some parts and its obvious like Lisdoonvarna...but anyway....) I was so glad Marianne 'deteriorated' into a sing song, it was brilliant.

The set list is really well put together, it undulates nicely with changing tempi and the reading of the poem seemed to come at exactly the right time. I also loved the extra verses on that. Comparing it to Liverpool again I felt the concert wasn't as rushed. LC did interact with the audience more and I felt it wasn't happening at as relentless a pace as on July 14th. There was a little gap between songs when the mood called for it. I do like it when he speaks to the audience or says thank you or watever because it allows the audience to catch their breath between songs as well!!

One other thing that stands out (there were lots, won't mention them all) was So Long Marianne when he stoped to listen to the audence sing and in I'm your man, the crowd sang along with the 'I'm your man' parts and on the last one LC let the crowd sing it (crowd didn't allow for slowing down at the end thats usually in there) and said, 'yes, thats right, thank you'!

Sound quality was excellent, I was seated on the flat out to the right so was close to the speakers which I liked. From the look of the seating chart I thought it was going to be a fairly bad seat but it was quite good actually.
The band were of course excellent. I'm not really familiar with Boogie Street but I like to hear Sharon Robinson sing it. Its so funky and thats parly what I like about LC's music, ranges from Country and Western to funky to Jazzy to Waltz. He has a compositional style as all composers do but he's able to dip into loads of genres to make it work. I also enjoyed watching Roscoe's 'conducting' the band on the slow intro and ending of the song using the neck of the bass guitar. I also thought (perhaps its very subjective of me) 'If it be your will' seemed to take some of the 'rowdy' wind out of the crowds sail as it was half way through Closing Time that things started to get lively again...for me anyway. Neil Larson was hopping out of his seat on the solo for Halleluiah, loved that. Was more subdued in Liverpool I thought. And Raphael, dropping his drum stick after throwing it up to catch it during his 'I tried to leave you' solo had everyone clapping the beat and a smiling LC picking it up to hand to him. Excellent.

Anyone know what it was that was shouted that made him laugh?

It was also really nice to meet Olley and Birdonawire before the show in the Harbourmaster, by happy coincidence Bird and myself were seated next to each other in the third row. Thanks to both of you for the company it greatly enhanced my concert going experience!

Thanks to whoever posted the link to the Dave Fanning interview, really good interview. Much more interesting than recent CBC one. it was really interesting!

LC is a such a good performer, seems to sing things with a different enphasis every time, his records are wonderful but hes very much a live performer has to be seen to be believed. So glad I have been able to see him do his thing, twice now. Roll on Belfast!!
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by Olwen » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:38 pm

Just to let you know about the delay between the voice and the video- its not just Leonard Cohen. I was at another concert in the O2 Dublin on July 3rd, and it was exactly the same. So technically they should get it sorted out. Anyway to get back to Leonard Cohen - I was there Monday night and he was brilliant. I was in Block c which was pretty good - but would have liked to be nearer of course! I thought he sang really well, and the musicians and backing singers were great too. He is so comfortable with his audience - I just hope he had as good a time as we did. Perhaps we should all contact the o2 Dublin and point out to them the problem with the video screens! I look forward to my next Leonard Cohen concert. :)
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by Happygirl » Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:31 pm

Thanks burningviolin for reminding us of a few of the lovely subtleties of Monday night's gig, particularly this one (sigh...):
in I'm your man, the crowd sang along with the 'I'm your man' parts and on the last one LC let the crowd sing it (crowd didn't allow for slowing down at the end thats usually in there) and said, 'yes, thats right, thank you'!
I also enjoyed the perfect mix of faster and slower songs, I thought the audience was quite good at gauging when it was OK to chime in and when it was time to be quiet. Where I was sitting there were a few good singers around me so it was lovely to share the 'singalong songs' with everyone, especially as we were not so close to the front this time. Memories to treasure for a lifetime.

P.S. For me, nothing will ever beat Lucca in July 2008 when some of us crept to the front for the encores and crouched behind the first couple of seats for the finale. Kneeling on the ground, tears streaming down my face, stars above us, I was thinking there is nowhere in the whole wide world I would rather be now...
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by IrishMar » Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:44 pm

Lovely review burningviolin. A gentleman shouted up a request for Alexandra Leaving at one point, Leonard didn't catch it and turned to Sharon, he laughed then. I suppose we could keep him an extra three hours with requests.

Mydoglorca, at one point Leonard said "It's every artist's dream to get a welcome like you have given us this evening". I think that is the line you are looking for.

I know there is already a YouTube recording of this, but here is my Thousand Kisses Deep recording from the night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88k-oC5GSYg

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by Red Poppy » Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:51 pm

Does anyone know what Leonard had for his breakfast this morning? :lol:
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Post by Aido » Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:54 pm

Red Poppy wrote:No not a wind up. In the Ierne ballroom, Parnell Square,not with his own band though. Joe Dolan's old band - the Drifters.
Mixture of his own songs and covers of Joe's songs. 700 tickets only.
Stop it Red Poppy. This is going beyond a joke. Wind up merchant of the year award on its way....
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Post by donalm » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:58 pm

Hi guys , still recovering from a fantastic Sunday, I just want to thank my buddies Rob and Babs for a great day and of course the "sublime Mooney sisters".
Pity about the O2 sync and yes it was their fault not LC production team as blamed !!
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by Birdonawire » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:21 pm

Red Poppy wrote:Does anyone know what Leonard had for his breakfast this morning? :lol:
I hear from a reliable source that when he's in Dublin, Leonard eats nothing but a good big bowl of Dublin coddle, morning, noon and night.
He says it's the only thing that gets him through his hectic schedule.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by Laura » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:28 pm

Birdonawire wrote: I hear from a reliable source that when he's in Dublin, Leonard eats nothing but a good big bowl of Dublin coddle, morning, noon and night.
What's that? (sigh, english again...)

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by Lumi2414 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:49 pm

Laura,

Check this out: chefmomcooks.blogspot.com/2008/03/irish-cooki...

"Dating back as early as the eighteenth century, this traditional supper dish of sausages, bacon, onions and potatoes isn't the most culinary artistic meal to place in front of you, but its taste is spectacular, particularly on rainy days and cold nights.

"Coddle" is a generic cooking term which means "to cook slowly and gently below the boiling point" which makes this a perfect crockpot meal. As a matter of fact, in Dublin, coddle is THE quintessential slow-cooked meal served with sides of Guinness and soda bread.

This is an easy to prepare one pot meal, adapted for a crockpot, and its simplicity belies its amazing taste and flavor - comfort food at its best!"

Hope this helps :-)
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by Birdonawire » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:11 pm

I concur!

Couldn't have said it better myself, I mean it!!!

As we say about coddle here in Dublin, It's a hug in a bowl.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by margaret » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:14 pm

Is it widely available in pubs or cafes in Dublin? I'll be over there soon for a short break!
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Post by Birdonawire » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:43 pm

Not too sure Margaret. I know some people fry sausages first then add to pot. Scandalous! Here's how I do it:

Ingredients:

Potatoes.
Onions.
Carrots (if desired).
Rashers (bacon).
Sausages (not fried or otherwise previously cooked!).
Water.

Now, put all ingredients into pot, cover with water, bring to the boil then simmer. When potatoes are done that's it. Done!

(It may be necessary to skim off some of the fat that rises to the surface)

I sometimes put chicken stock into the pot but you don't really have to. The finished article looks off-putting but it really tastes great.

Enjoy.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin, July 19, 20, 22, 23

Post by MaryB » Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:04 am

IrishAl - thanks for the 'So Long Marianne' video. This proves that you Dublin audiences are the best for audience participation - Sharon's smile in the beginning of the video is great evidence of this - PRICELESS!
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