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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Sydney, Australia - November 16, 2013

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:45 am
by sturgess66 ... -cohen.htm
Leonard Cohen - 16th November 2013 @ Sydney Entertainment Centre
Reviewed by Paul Busch on 25 November 2013


The poetry of his lyrics could be the defining nature of Leonard Cohen’s talent. Although the beauty and depth of his songwriting has been illustrated by the immense number of cover versions recorded throughout the years, being in the presence of the originator of such exquisiteness was an awe-inspiring experience.

Cohen has been touring regularly over the last decade. This has given another generation the ability to hear this “old man in a suit” (as he described himself) live and invigorated with enthusiasm. Superlatives are always thrown around during live concerts, but you will hear very few negatives, if any, about an evening with this master and his touring band.

Seeing the 79-year-old Cohen jog onto the stage to adoring applause was like the foreplay to a mutual love that took place even before a note was played. Each member of the band was adorned in a black suit, and the room was swept into the world of Cohen through a setlist made up of 26 songs from his storied career. This was a greatest hits show with the song order set in stone, but this did not take one bit away from the beauty and delivery of the material.

Cohen and his band are no strangers to Sydney or other stages around the world. Javier Mas displayed finesse on his 12-string guitar all night while Mitch Watkins gripped his electric throughout including during ‘The Future’, when he played some Knopfleresuqe guitar parts. ‘Anthem’ closed the first portion of the show and showcased the tremendous three-part harmonies of Charley Webb, Hattie Webb, and Sharon Robinson.

The second half of the set focused on the big-ticket numbers. Cohen and his band continued to deliver with vigour and life. The man himself gave us a memorable rendition of ‘Tower Of Song’ and, at different stages throughout, he sang on his knees, with a guitar, and behind his keyboard, all backed by the angelic vocals of the Webb sisters.

‘Suzanne’ and ‘Hallelujah’ were the icing on the cake. The audience was so quiet and hanging on every note thanks to the gorgeous Hammond B3 break by Neil Larsen and the delivery of the lyrics by Cohen and co.

The recitation of ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ was moving. The song was enough to witness audience members shed a few tears in joy, sorrow, and reflection of where the music had taken them in the past and what it drew out of them in the live setting. This was the church of Cohen. He displayed that he was there for the people during the showmanship of ‘I’m Your Man’ and the never-ending beauty of all the songs he delivered.

Perhaps in reflection of mortality, Cohen pondered the idea that the show may be the last time he would spend an evening with us. Whatever the future holds, Cohen maintains the ability to touch people with his soulful music over and over again. If you have put off seeing Cohen for any reason, don’t delay this any longer – get yourself along and celebrate the music with him and his excellent band.

Photo Gallery: Leonard Cohen @ Sydney Entertainment Centre - ... ohen.htm#1
Shot by Karl Braasch on 16th November 2013, Published 1 week ago

Re: CONCERT REPORT: Sydney, Australia - November 16, 2013

Posted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:51 pm
by sturgess66
Video uploaded by sereneava -

Leonard Cohen last moments Sydney Entertainment Centre 161113

Tower of Song - short clip :D

Re: CONCERT REPORT: Sydney, Australia - November 16, 2013

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:24 am
by sereneava
Thank you Sturgess 66, I am almost computer illiterate. I googled to try to learn how to post the clips on here but couldn't work it out. Took an hour just to get those two clips onto Youtube. I have some more (very short, unfortunately) plus photos so will keep trying. I know how much I love to see other videos and photos.
Helps to relive the sublime experience. I am so looking forward to next Monday at the Opera House but almost don't want the day to arrive because then it will be over.

Re: CONCERT REPORT: Sydney, Australia - November 16, 2013

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:39 pm
by sturgess66
Thank you very much for the video sereneava!

I found the rest -

Short clips - various songs -

Closing Time

I'm Your Man

Leonard's "thank you"


Lover, Lover, Lover

Come Healing


Tower of Song - short clip :D


Leonard Cohen last moments Sydney Entertainment Centre 161113

Re: CONCERT REPORT: Sydney, Australia - November 16, 2013

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 12:47 am
by B4real
I’m needing to distract myself from things at the moment and it’s funny how the right path reveals itself. Leonard to the rescue! I found myself going through my photos from the eight concerts I went to of Leonard’s last tour in 2013 here “down under” in Australia and found some that I haven’t yet posted.
Some of you may remember that my camera seemed to take on a mind of its own on certain occasions so some of these shots are a little “abstract” for want of a better word. In any case, we can relive some moments of the last concerts the UHTC have played.
original sign attached to the outside wall of the Sydney Entertainment Centre