CONCERT REPORT: Valencia, September 18 (concert suspended)

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Re: Valencia September 18th

Post by ladydi » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:34 am

We will all be praying for Leonard and keeping him in our hearts. Hopefully this is not anything serious. He has kept such a strenuous committment to the can be so difficult, even on someone 20 years younger. I truly don't know how ANY of them do it.
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Post by Mabeanie1 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:26 am

it is 3.10 am and we have just arrived back at our hotel in Barcelona. Reception are letting me use a computer there reserved for airline crew use.

The concert in Valencia started on time but Leonard did not seem on top of his game. He was missing lines & words out. We thought he must be very tired after a heavy week with lots of travelling and several concerts. Then, at the start of Bird on a Wire, he put the microphone back on its stand and went off stage. I have never seen Leonard do that before in umpteen concerts. Meanwhile the band improvised. Then in the instrumental break he took off his hat and sat down on the drum risers. I have never seen him do that before. Then - horror of horrors - he quietly crumpled to the floor. The band stopped playing immediately. Everyone rushed to him and they started to escort him from the stage but he collapsed at least once more on the way. They asked us to wait for a while and suggested that the concert would restart after a short pause. However, almost an hour later, Javier and Roscoe came out. Javier made an announcement in Spanish which I struggled to understand (I got most of the words but couldn't be sure I understood what the sentences meant). I was at the front so I yelled out in Spanish that we were English and did not understood. Roscoe either recognised me or recognised my words because he nodded and stepped up to the microphone to say - for those who did not understand Spanish - that Leonard was OK. It was nothing serious, just a digestive problem but that he could not go on with the concert and that they would try and rearrange it. I hope he is OK. To be honest we are still in a state of shock after our 4 hour drive back to Barcelona from Valencia.

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Post by ladydi » Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:43 am

Hi Wendy,

Hopefully you will be able to receive this. Word is that Leonard is okay. It was food poisoning. This is per Robert Kory. Leonard is back at his hotel....resting....and feeling much better.

But, what a scare. And how it must have been for you to be there! Not many English speaking fans and such confusion. Thank goodness Roscoe spoke to the English fans present (well, you may have been the only one!).

Whew...seems all will be well. But, I bet Leonard REALLY felt awful for awhile there!

Thanks Wendy...relax and try to get some sleep. All is well.

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Post by sturgess66 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:09 am ... n-valencia

Leonard Cohen faints on stage in Valencia
By: thinkSPAIN ,
Saturday, September 19, 2009
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LEONARD Cohen has been forced to cancel his concert in Valencia on medical grounds, his organisers have informed.

The Canadian singer-songwriter was in the middle of his performance at the Lluís Puig stadium in the city last night when he fainted on stage.

He was found to be suffering from food poisoning.

Even though he insisted on carrying on with the concert, Cohen’s team overruled him and called off the rest of the performance for the sake of his health.

Anyone who purchased tickets for the aborted concert may claim a refund by calling 902 15 00 25 or by visiting

Those who bought their entries from an official point of sale should return to where they made their purchase to claim their money back.

Cohen’s illness is said to be relatively mild and is not expected to affect his concert on Monday in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi, which will coincide with the Montréal-born rocker’s 75th birthday.

He has been touring Spain since July 31 to critical acclaim, having returned to the limelight after a 15-year self-imposed exile.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Valencia, September 18th (concert suspended)

Post by tomsakic » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:27 pm

As you're probably aware, Leonard's collapse made it into all news in Europe today.

The discussion is continued here: "Leonard feels fine": viewtopic.php?f=3&t=18038 (and also, full media reports in "Valencia collapse" thread in News section: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=18033)

I will close this thread.

I presume that we don't need setlist. The show was stopped after Bob Metzger's instrumental in Bird on the Wire,it happened just when Dino started his solo. The Canadian press confirms the usual setlist: Dance Me..., The Future, Ain't No Cure For Love, Bird on the Wire [stopped]. The show was canceled by Javier Mas one hour later.

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