CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, Ireland, July 31 & August 1, 2010

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by tinderella » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:28 am

Good morning. Heading to Sligo and should be there at 4. Hope i find my way, if i cannot contact all you late night party people :)


Will be arriving at 4 on the train, if anyone is around, would be thrilled to see you.


the concert, sounds amazing and to finish with Lover Lover Lover... oh my god!

Love Tinderella
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by merton » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:24 am

Hi,

Tired, elated, early morning thoughts. Amazing. As Lady Di said, the concert stared respectfully, but the second half exploded. Three new songs, the energy built to a wonderful finale, some Yeats poetry for good measure. Leonard was in great form - he danced, sang and engaged with his disciples!! I have the set list and curiously A Singer Must Die isn't mentioned in the alternative songs. To end with Lover, Lover, Lover!!!
I can hardly wait for tonight's concert.

All the best,
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by scarpetta » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:38 am

Wow, what a night. Great venue, great food, great sound. Love the new stuff, does anyone know when "It feels so good" might be released? Great song, if a litle cynical!!! Great pics from Gwen on Facebook.
Sorry I didn't meet any forum members - hope all you visitors to Ireland will enjoy your stay.
Even the rain didn't spoil it last night.....
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by phillip » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:59 am

bigdee wrote:I see from the setlist that tonight L.C. dusted off an old gem and played "A Singer Must Die" for the first time on the tour :D ! One of my favorites. Can anyone confirm if he did it solo or did anyone else play on the song? Anybody have any video/audio they can upload? Any chance they can stop the presses on the "Songs from the Road" album and add it as a bonus track? Wishful thinking. Anyway, I hope he keeps on dusting off those old gems and adds them into the concerts from time to time. If not for the delight of the audience then for the ability to fill up another disc for the 2011 follow-up album "More Songs from the Road" ;-) .

I remember seeing LC sing singer must Die the very first time I saw him in London 1993 and I shhok hands with LC after the concert takes me back! now having seen him 4 times I hope someone has recorded the Singer must die song so I can see it on youtube anyone???
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by merton » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:33 pm

Waking slowly and talking with friends. I wonder will Born in Chains become one the great Cohen compositions." Blessed is the name, the name be blessed, written on my heart in burning letters"

Thank you Leonard and band for a wonderful evening.

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by musicmania » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:42 pm

I'm still on a high from last night. It was the BEST concert I've ever being at!!!! Here is a link for my photos

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=1 ... e44808bfbc

And here is my review.....

Leonard Cohen and Lissadell House surely a match made in heaven was the thoughts that crossed my mind many times over the last few months as I waited for what could be the most magical concert I’d ever be lucky enough to attend. Cohen having been a lifelong fan of the work of W.B Yeats relished the thoughts of performing there as much as we the fans relished the thoughts of seeing our hero in possibly the most amazing location possible.
Having seen Cohen live last year and that gig transcending Cohen to God like status in my mind I have never before felt so much excitement and impatience in the build up to a gig. Could the tantalising mixture of Leonard and Lissadell really be a recipe for a night we would never forget? The answer to that is a resounding yes! From start to finish this was the most amazing concert I’ve ever been at. Having possibly the greatest poet of our times performing in the place that inspired his hero added a certain magic that I don’t believe I’ll ever witness again in my lifetime.
Playing for an impressive 3 hour 45 minutes with only a 20 minute interval Cohen and his fantastic band delivered to the highest possible standard playing the songs his fans so love to hear and adding in couple of new songs to wet our appetites for the promised new album due in the spring of next year. Dance me to The End of Love was the opening song of this wonderful night followed by The Future and Ain’t no cure for Love in what was a serenely mellow first half. I find it impossible to pick a highlight for this half as every song is a highlight in itself. The mix of Cohen’s sultry tones and the fabulous musicianship of his incredible band was musical poetry to me ears. However as wonderful as all the familiar tunes were I was delighted to hear the first of 3 new songs, Born in Chains. This new song showcases that even in his mid seventies Cohen can still write great melodies and fantastic lyrics. What I especially loved was that Cohen shared the singing of this song with the sublime Webb Sisters and his extremely talented co-writer Sharon Robinson.
Possibly the highlight of the first half wasn’t even the music but for when Cohen said he was delighted to be playing at Lissadell and quoting Yeats “The light of evening, Lissadell, great windows open to the south, two girls in silk kimonos, both beautiful, one a gazelle” before quoting what is possibly his own greatest lyric “Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in”. He then preformed Anthem from which that song lyric came from to take us to the interval.
Like the 1st time I saw Cohen live the 2nd half proved to be my preference even though nearing the end Mother Nature treated us to misty rain! My favourite Cohen songs Hallelujah and So Long Marianne were preformed in this half. Hallelujah is in my humble opinion the greatest song ever written and it has to be my ultimate concert highlight hearing it sung live by its creator. Cohen starts and ends this song on his knees and delivered an outstanding performance that even though familiar to my ears gave me Goosebumps and had tears streaming down my face. Even now as I’m transported back to that moment I find my eyes filling up.
Hallelujah aside, like the 1st half it is extremely difficult to pick individual highlights as everything was sublime. I am probably starting to sound like a cliché but I’m overwhelmed by the intensity of this amazing experience and feel so lucky to have witnessed this magical encounter. It must be noted how brilliant Cohen’s band are. During various moments during the night we were treated to solos form most of the band including Dino Soldo and Javier Mas. As mentioned before as always Cohen’s backing singers, The Webb Sisters and Sharon Robinson were outstanding. The mutual respect between both Cohen and his band is plain for all to see and adds to what is already an excellent ambiance.
Even after the incredible 3 hours and 45 minutes Cohen who will be 76 later this year was still in top form but there had to be an end and it was a touching end when he performed Lover, Lover, Lover which wasn’t even on the setlist. Other songs of note during the night included Famous Blue Rain Coat, Suzanne, In My Secret Life, First we Take Manhattan and I’m Your Man. It was a special moment for me when my friend who accompanied me to the concert started cheering after this song even though she isn’t a massive fan.
I know I could have easily listened for even longer to the concert but respect to Leonard that at his age he puts younger artists to shame and maybe they should take note on how to deliver a night of perfection where it is impossible to find fault in anyway. The fan interaction between Cohen and also amongst us the fans helped make this a night never to be forgotten. There was a big contingent of the “Leonard Cohen Forum” at the concert with over 90 of us having specially made name tags in honour of the special occasion. This interaction with people who are strangers showcased the magic and lure Cohen has amongst his faithful followers.
As I walked out of the Lissadell estate I had feelings of utter happiness and sadness mingled in. Happiness that not only did the gig live up to expectation but managed to surpass it in every possible way but sadness that what will possibly have been the best concert I will ever attend was over. I thank Leonard Cohen for the music, the lyrics and for being such an amazing human being and sharing himself with us and I also thank the Cassidy family for allowing this fantastic concert to take place in their front garden. I and all the other fans will be forever indebted to their generosity.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by Manslady » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:55 pm

I'm barely able to contain myself reading the reviews. :D My house is full of concert goers from last night and I don't know what to do with myself until it's time to go to Lissadell later today ! I live about 12 miles away, maybe I'll just start walking... So, so excited!!
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by clo » Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:05 pm

Still stunned, awed and so so grateful for last night's concert. Leonard and the band once again scaled the whole mountainside, and all our eyelids were washed with rain and tears! An overwhelming experience - forever 'written on my heart'.

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by IrishAL » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:09 pm

Tinkie wrote:Maarten, Albert ? Where are you ? Lost in Sligo somewhere ? You went sleeping without posting your videos ???? how is this possible ? Is Ms Guiness guilty for this ? :-)) anyhow you left us, poor wretches, in darkness and obscurantism without any images of the concert .......wake up quickly please ...
Apologies @ Tinkie, No Guinness involved...Uploading can be a long process sometimes.. :}... It was a magical evening in a very special place and I did manage to capture a few golden moments. here are two:

A Singer Must Die
www.youtube.com/watch?v=edW2dbjT9Vw

Born in Chains:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f37lh9LqRs


enjoy,

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by mutti » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:22 pm

A magical evening! One of the best I have seen yet. Leonard looked so happy to be there last night and it felt like he was in top form and could go on and on...
His smile was so enchanting...I was blown away...the new songs are incredible and took my breath away.
So much to process so will post more later as things come to mind.
One highlight of the evening
was at sunset looking over the crowds from the stage - the ocean in the background and Lissadell House lit up in different colours Leonard recited the perfect Yeats poem...
"The light of evening, Lissadell, Great windows open to the south, Two girls in silk kimonos, both Beautiful, one a gazelle".
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by phillip » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:47 pm

Thanks for the A singer muse Die video it was just like the 1993 verson very good thanks again:)
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by IrishAL » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:54 pm

Leonard Cohen reciting W. B. Yeats.
What a combination !!


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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by twickmag » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:20 pm

Thanks Albert for excellent vids, & MM for a very professional review.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by ladydi » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:37 pm

Dear Albert,

Thank you from my heart for downloading these so quickly! My heart is full still from last night and as I watched "Born in Chains", my eyes misted over yet again...same as when he quoted and spoke of Yeats while surrounded by the lush green hills of Sligo County as he gazed up at Lissadell House in the twilight. "Born in Chains" is powerful and deeply moving.

As excited as I am looking forward to tonight's concert, I can't imagine how anything could top last night. I am still speechless.

Diana
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Sligo, July 31 & August 1, 2010

Post by quackles » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:54 pm

Well, that was brilliant :)

I took a punt and brought my good camera, glad I did, no-one went next nor near my bag on the way in. Here's a handful of pics - still going through them, will post more later!

http://www.dillon-malone.com/?p=136
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