Re: CONCERT REPORT: Foire aux Vins de Colmar Festival, August 16
Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:41 pm
Or is it the moon?Pearlvoice wrote: Unfortunately in the video the light's too bright
Or is it the moon?Pearlvoice wrote: Unfortunately in the video the light's too bright
Yes of course! Why didn't I think of that, imyourwoman And then again you can't really see the tight chains.. *rrr*imyourwoman wrote:Or is it the moon?Pearlvoice wrote: Unfortunately in the video the light's too bright
Very well said, womanfromaroom. My guess is that he got lost in one of the wine-tents opposite the theaterWomanfromaroom wrote:BORING and sickeningly sweet?! He must have been to a different concert from the rest of us!!
A year ago I once had the opportunity to experience live to LEONARD COHEN. But since I have used to work at the "Festival of Voices", I could not hear the concert only see them. And yet impressed me the great gaunt man who everyone in the backstage area of the kitchen help to the tour manager greeted him kindly. The 'Live In London 'DVD and CD impressed me more, and so it was not a tough decision when I heard of Cohen's concert at the Wine Fair in Colmar, 50km away.
Wine can be found on the outer grounds of the fair, however, hardly. Instead, one has the feeling that awakens all the clips on the tele to life are. From the kitchen knives on machines up to leather jackets, there is pretty much what you do not need mandatory.
Admission to the exhibition hall there is also about an hour before the concert begins to wait a while for him. You can while away the time with various food stalls that offer more or less authentic French cuisine. Come on hamburgers in bread must be erstmal.
The Expo Arena Colmar itself is indeed a very practical thought-out, but completely atmosphärefreier venue, a small amphitheater for example in the form. Since all sites are completely sheltered from the sidelines until the interior, you have to make the issued severe weather warnings for the time being not to worry. Since the ranks are already largely occupied, the decision is not difficult for the interior, and is proving to be spot-on. Almost 10 meters distance separating me from the musicians who present themselves on time at 20:30 on the clock with waving white cloths draped stage.
As Leonard Cohen takes the stage, I had goose bumps the first time, because in the whole arena now sits nobody. Even Cohen himself seems touched, moves as so often this evening, his hat and enjoys the attention of his audience.
Then the band enters with "Dance Me To The End Of Love". The first stanza sings COHEN, kneeling next to his, by the way genius, guitarist Javier Mas and then dances to his Backround singers. Thus, in good shape with just under 75 I would also like to be , and on some days even today.
First, the setlist is based largely on the program that most viewers will be aware of the "Live In London" recording. And where I was struck a year ago, I'm absolutely thrilled. I have never at a concert so dense melancholy experience without LEONARD COHEN here only for a moment to slip into the lachrymose. And when I look around me so I'm not the only one who has to struggle constantly with a tennis ball in my throat Klos. In fact, all have around me always tears in his eyes. And yet, Cohen succeeds again and again, when the melancholy threatens to overwhelm the audience, one with a tick faster, a little ironic or save a little bit angry piece.
And so it is after the incredible "There Is not No Cure For Love" and the deeply sad "Bird On A Wire," "Everybody Knows" has given me new co-written (the first of three plays that Backround singer Sharon Robinson and produced). Incidentally, this is also by far the strongest of these three pieces. The following "My Secret Life" has become too shallow, and later placed in the set "Boogie Street" is acceptable, although as Sharon's song, but certainly not a highlight of the concert.
Once you are with "Who By Fire" slipped back to the dark side to come up with "Lover Lover" and "Waiting For The Miracle", the first two surprises in the setlist. And then with "Anthem", one of my absolute favorite.
Before LEONARD COHEN with his band, then withdraws into an approximately fifteen-break, which will present all the musicians. This makes each of his fellow COHEN his applause and bows to his musicians, before he finally leaves the stage.
Meanwhile it is in the interior has become much fuller, and there in the Expo Colmar Arnea the humid air has been standing for hours, I am grateful when everything around me pushing for smoking to outside. Moreover, even a welcome opportunity for a few yards in front for good.
When two roadies to carry all the way, the typical COHEN hat, place a keyboard in the middle of the stage, I already know that I can look me straight to another favorite. And sure enough, with "Tower of Song" opens the second half of the set, and with "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy" virtually a Greatest Hits-heralded passage.
"Hey That's No Way To Say Good Bye", from the London bloggers actually expected in the first half, set on the list of feats, and when Cohen on "The Partisan," sings a verse in French, cook the arena through definitive. In general, the applauding fans COHEN leave this evening hardly have a voice, so announcements are extremely rare.
"Boogie Street" is ultimately the song from Sharon Robinson, who was probably in no small part in Leonard Cohen's return to the world stage. COHEN itself runs behind in the background, and now even controls Backround-in vocals. With all due respect prior to the skill of Mrs Robinson, but the soul is simply a foreign object number in the set.
That comes after probably the biggest hit of Cohen, and probably meistgecoverte. Is sung as the chorus of "Hallelujah" from an estimated 8,000 people, I do not need a while to get the text again. Could this particular song in the London version does not compete with the studio recording, now agrees with everything.
It is time to loosen the mood of something, and the following "I'm Your Man" provides a fan for the laughs, the first boxing gloves COHEN match the text ( "If you want a boxer ...") and a stethoscope (" If you want a doctor ...") throws, which also creates LEONARD COHEN immediately or throw over your shoulder.
Finally, include "Take This Walz" from the second part of the set, and the crowd celebrate Cohen and his musicians. That they would come back on stage, it is clear, because some immortal hits are missing.
And so the addition begins with "So Long Marianne" and probably the tanzbarsten piece of the evening "First We Take Manhattan", another favorite of mine. "Famous Blue Raincoat" is the next "surprise" in the set. The recitation of an exchange of letters turns into "If It Be Your Will", says the first verse of the COHEN, before Charley and Hattie Webb, the "sublime Webb Sisters", the song in a heart-rending duet - accompanied by harp (Charly) a guitar (Hattie) and Neil Larsen in the divine Hammond B3 complete -.
Now it is too late again, which suggests the following title "Closing Time", which again shows the more upbeat side of LEONARD COHEN. When he leaves the stage, celebrating him Colmar concluded with a standing ovation.
And so can the grand old man also draw attention back to the stage to perform with the situation quite ironic "I Tried To Leave You" finally come to the end. But first the band members are allowed to show a small solo part again, adopt what they can, and be rewarded with applause from the audience. After gathering all the musicians, roadies and part of the crew to the a cappella piece "Wither Thou Goest" on stage and is now really the spectators in the Colmar Expo.
One should be careful with superlatives, but I am so far to call this concert as the best of my recent life. How and who is said to surpass that, I can not imagine at the moment. Each artist will have a hard time in the coming months.
Without question, I was emotionally taken so far no other concert as this. So beautifully sad, I felt before, and even one days later, the melancholy is not yet evaporated.
Whoever has the opportunity to see Leonard Cohen live, they should use, so long as it goes. Eventually, these legends will be their last concert.
Remains so in the end only a great conclusion to draw, even if the evening in Colmar for some reason should have been my last concert ... somehow that would be OK.
Leonard Cohen Unified Hearts Tour Band:
Leonard Cohen: vocals, guitar, keyboard
Roscoe Beck: musical director, bass guitar, double bass, vocals
Neil Larsen: Hammond B3, keyboards, accordion
Bob Metzger: Electric guitar, petal steel guitar, vocals
Javier Mass.: Banduirra, lute, 12-string guitar
Rafael Gayol: drums, percussion
Dino Soldo: keyboards, saxophone, harmonica and various other instruments, vocals
Sharon Robinson: vocals, percussion
Charley and Hattie Webb: vocals, harp, guitar, percussion
Dance Me To The End Of Love
Is not No Cure For Love
Bird On A Wire
My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Waiting For The Miracle
Tower Of Song
Sisters Of Mercy
Hey, That's No Way To Say Good Bye
I'm Your Man
Take This Walz
So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will
I Tried To Leave You
Wither Thou Goest
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