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CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2013

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:07 pm
by sturgess66
Another "A Day On The Green" event and the venue this time is The Hill Winery situated just outside of Geelong.
Geelong is in Southeast Australia about 57 miles/84 kilometers from Melbourne.

(“A Day On The Green” is a series of outdoor summer concerts held in major wine-growing regions around Australia and New Zealand.)

ulalaha - Woooooohooo!!!! #ontheroadtoLeonard #LeonardCohen #waytooexcited

ADayOnTheGreen - A sneak peek at The Hill stage being built for Leonard Cohen #adayonthegreen #geelong #leonardcohen

hillaryalexandra - #leonardcohen

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:06 pm
by sturgess66
@pinch67 - Leonard Cohen's girls, very sweet
‏@AineTyrrell – Thank you to the #nohumbug fairies who visited me and gave me tickets to see Leonard Cohen! #blessed #inspired...
@maz_abroad - Leonard Cohen crowd!!! #adayonthegreen Image
@nygaardbn - I'd have to get up to take a proper photo, so you'll just have to take my word for it: Mr Leonard Cohen on stage.
@suelannin - A sea of people wait for Leonard Cohen to perform at the Hill Winery, Geelong. #leonardcohen
@suelannin - 79 and still going strong. The incredible Leonard Cohen at the Hill Winery, Geelong, Victoria.
@ProudMumbles - Leonard Cohen @DayontheGreen at @TheHillWinery was amazing!!!
@carawaters - Leonard Cohen does a Day On The Green #gettingold #mysortofgig @ The Hill ... 5223_8.jpg
‏@bek_d - Saw Leonard Cohen perform tonight. Feel somewhat transformed.
@TheJustinV - Awesome night w/ @scottbrownlee & fam seeing Leonard Cohen at the Hill Winery outside of Geelong
@simonhackett - Leonard Cohen at Hill Winery, Geelong tonight. An audience with this man is a religious experience.
@VictorNarro- Leonard Cohen at the Hill Winery tonight was sublime, magical, perfect and above all these stupid adjectives.
@Marianne_McDade - Leonard Cohen tonight was absolutely phenomenal. This recital of 1000 Kisses Deep was one of the many highlights
@PabloCalero - Leonard Cohen concert was brilliant, an incredible songwriter and performer!

Leigh - #leonardcohen #geelong #adayonthegreen #legend #holy

OWanderLust - #LeonardCohen

ziaword - #leonardcohen legend

Oh Leonard. intermission – huge smiles- blue skies - myfaceisabouttocrackfromsmilingtoomuch

Emilee South - This man. emoji Incredible. I hope I'm still (literally) skipping on & off stage at 79 years old!! What a beautiful day.
WHAT a wonderful weekend!! emoji️ #leonardcohen #adayonthegreen

Statigram short video clips –

From liddiloulou -
Anthem -
Chelsea Hotel -
Chelsea Hotel
Hallelujah -
Hallelujah -
I’m Your Man -

Dance Me to the End Of Love - (from Maria Nomikos)
Hallelujah - (from kvb1111)

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:56 pm
by Andrew (Darby)
I’m back home in Melbourne after my drive from Geelong and as I can’t go to sleep yet, here are just a few lines about my impressions of the concert. ;-)

It was another memorable one, with twenty eight songs, including I’ve Got a Little Secret! Leonard seemed even more animated than ever and also to enjoy a bit more banter than at the Rod Laver one I witnessed last month, including returning at least one yelled out comment of affection with like! He also paid respectful homage to one of his support singers (Archie Roach) regarding a children’s book that Archie has written and which Leonard not only said he read before the show, but also urged us to get a copy of – a lovely gesture, I thought. 8)

Being an outdoor winery concert, it had its usual pluses and minuses: positively, there were the picnic-like fun and conviviality aspects, evident almost anywhere you ventured; but then on the flip side, the distraction of some minor confrontations about view-blocking, loud alcohol fuelled talking or dancing and just that of the revelry or bonhomie in general. This seems to be almost an inevitability at such winery gigs! ;-)

Furthermore, this winery event was the usual ocean of emotion, with the whole spectrum from beaming radiantly happy faces to quietly crying silently moved faces. I think you get more exposure to this phenomenon at such gigs – apart from the alcohol dis-inhibition factor, I think it’s also because there is more scope for one to notice what is going on with the folk around you.

Okay, just my slant on the night – I must go to bed now.

Andrew :)

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:02 pm
by sturgess66
Andrew (Darby) wrote:Geelong (The Hill winery), December 7th

Set 1
01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 The Future
03 Bird On The Wire
04 Everybody Knows
05 Who By Fire
06 Darkness
07 Amen
08 Come Healing
09 Lover Lover Lover
10 Anthem

Set 2
11 Tower Of Song
12 Suzanne
13 Chelsea Hotel
14 The Partisan
15 Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
16 I’m Your Man
17 A Thousand Kisses Deep (recitation)
18 Hallelujah
19 Take This Waltz

Encore 1
20 So Long Marianne
21 Going Home
22 First We Take Manhattan

Encore 2
23 Famous Blue Raincoat
24 If It Be Your Will (the Webb sisters)
25 Closing Time

Encore 3
26 I Tried To Leave You
27 I’ve Got a Little Secret
28 Save The Last Dance For Me

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:40 am
by blonde madonna
Andrew, someone Instagrammed your t-shirt 8)

Still trying to compose myself, let alone a few words to describe a perfect day.


Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:31 am
by Andrew (Darby)
Thanks for that, BM! I was asked a few times by people if they could take photos of it and, as I mentioned, I expect it to also be in the Geelong Advertiser tomorrow (according to their photographer). ;-)

Also, a big thanks to you and Jim for delivering me to and from the winery, along with B4real. 8)

Re the T shirt, Gery, I know you are a member here, so I'll now publicly thank you (and Aad) for the T-shirt in question, which is reaping such enjoyable interactions (with complete Cohenite strangers)! :D

Andrew :-)

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:21 am
by fayg29
Thank you all for posting the photos, set list and concert report. It was a fantastic day and we were blessed with perfect weather for an amazing performance at a beautiful venue - The Hill Winery Geelong. This is my fourth Leonard Cohen concert since 2010. I thought he was in very good spirits and his energy seemed unending. I also thought he'd shaken up parts of his singing since I saw him in Dublin this September. Outstanding performances by all the musicians and singers as always.

Leonard engaged quite a lot with the audience; besides thanking us for coming, he thanked us for gambling on the weather. (The weather that previous week had gone from 36 degrees on Monday to a heavy rain and hail storm with biting winds on Thursday.) He thanked those "in the meadow" meaning those sitting in the grass area on the hill. He also said he's been on tour these past five years and in fact he felt he "was becoming a bit of a nuisance" by returning so often. The audience adored all these quips. Who said he doesn't have a sense of humour?


Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:59 am
by B4real
As I’m writing this from Melbourne airport waiting for my flight to Adelaide, it’s suddenly hit me that my last concert is looming up upon me. Over the last few weeks it hasn’t really mattered when a concert has ended because there was always another one to go to, but now it does. I feel us Aussies should do something special for Leonard and the UHTC in Adelaide as this may be our last chance to do so on these shores. We’ll see. But for now, it’s all about the Hill Winery concert.

Before the LC concert started when Archie Roach was on there was a female violin player in his band. I saw Alex in the wings in his ‘civies’ with no hat having a look see and listen to her.
I have to say that this concert had some of the best and worst aspects of any concert I have been to so far. The best of course was a great night equal to any I have seen in Oz so far. Everyone on the stage and in the audience was having a great time. I again had a dead centre seat but four rows back with an absolutely unobscured view of the whole stage – probably better than being in the front row – no looking up. The good and bad news was that it was on the isle and from the start the security guard was consistently chasing people away who kept coming down the front and obscuring our view from before the first song. Really distracting. It reached a crescendo during the encores. I wouldn’t have minded but I was getting stood on, bumped and squashed while still in my seat. If I wanted to see I had to stand and still couldn’t see very well. I can understand people’s enthusiasm but a little respect for those who had paid top dollars for their seats wouldn’t have gone astray. In spite of what I've just said it was a truly wonderful night!

After Dance Me To The End Of Love Leonard spoke these words:
“Well friends, thank you for coming, thank you for gambling with the weather, thank you for the very warm welcome when we came onto the stage, we deeply appreciate that. It’s a great honour to share the stage with Adalita and Archie Roach, great singers, really deserve their place. Archie wrote a book called the Children Came Home that I just read backstage, a great book, you ought to look into it, it’s pretty wonderful. I want to thank you friends, friends who are back there on the meadow, thank you for comin’. Thank you for endangering your household budgets, appreciate that too friends. Well our five year tour is winding down and I kept saying this is the last I’ll see of you but I guess I’ve made a nuisance of myself, I’m sorry. Well, we’ll be leaving Australia in a couple of days and I just want to say friends I don’t know when we’ll bump into each other again but I promise your friends, this evening, this afternoon and tonight we’ll give you everything we’ve got.”

And these words before Tower Of Song:
“Thanks a lot friends, thanks for a wonderful welcome, I appreciate it. Now please make sure you’re bundled up in warm clothes, don’t catch a summer cold, have another drink” And then the old familiar call of ‘I love you Leonard, always’ to which he replies, ‘I’m very fond of you myself’. He continues with “Well friends, don’t get alarmed, I’m gonna fire up this little ol’ antique, machine here. It may offend some of those sophisticated sensibilities, more accustomed to more sophisticated music but this may remind you of a gentler time.”
And his rhetoric continues half way through the song:
“Are you putting me on? If you are I like it! I always appreciate a gentle gesture to the elderly. It was simple but I played it perfect! I guess you think that’s all can do…….how ‘bout this.” Then he did his elbow thing again back and forward across the keys.

During the second set everybody sang along to I’m Your Man and Hallelujah. Leonard seemed to approve.
At the end of Take This Waltz he spoke these words:
“I want to thank our Australian crew who helped us put this all together, and without them we couldn’t have put this together. The greatest crew you’ll ever find in any country and we thank them deeply. We thank them for all their help and their co-operation. And you ladies and gentleman, from the bottom of our hearts, it has been a great honour to play for you this evening. We thank you for your great hospitality and your kind attention to our music. Thank you.”

As the band were all standing there taking in the applause etc. I waved to Alex who recognized me (I had my ‘I love UHTC’s violin’ T-shirt on again) with a return wave and a wink. The girl sitting next to me said “did he just wink at you? I’m very jealous!”

Everybody sang along to So Long Marianne. He said “one more time” for the audience to sing an extra chorus. Leonard said “ah you sing so pretty!”
That word “cojones” came out again in Going Home! Much joining in of the audience during First We Take Manhattan especially with, “then we take Berlin!”

Antipodean Heat threw lilies onto the stage which added to the flavour of this concert.

And for the fifth time in the world, we were treated to I’ve Got A Little Secret.

I must add a great big thank you to Blonde Madonna and her husband and to Andrew and Jen for such a warm Victorian welcome and such good company! I had a terrific time!

Photos coming when I get to Adelaide.

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:45 am
by Tundra
Thank you to everyone who has shared posts and photos, etc!

I've been to see Leonard Cohen quite a few times now and yesterday's concert at the Hill Winery was without a doubt the best concert I've ever been to. The crowd was extremely enthusiastic (there was a real buzz in the air right from the start!), overall the event was very well run and as others have said, the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Leonard Cohen seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself and appeared to appreciate the extremely warm reception he received. We really loved every second of the concert and it was great to be part of such an exuberant audience. We really felt that last night's show was very special and it was certainly a night I'll always remember.

The crowd singalong to So Long Marianne was definitely a highlight:

The end of Closing Time:

Everyone on their feet for Save the Last Dance for Me:

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:02 pm
by sturgess66 ... 6778068282
Leonard Cohen Delights A Day on the Green Audiences At Geelong

Bethany Tyler
Geelong Advertiser
December 08, 2013 12:00AM

Leonard Cohen performs at A Day on the Green at The Hill winery. Photo: Leanne Churchill Source: News Limited

MUSIC filled the grounds at The Hill Winery, adding the perfect atmosphere to a relaxing Day on the Green.

There were no traces of the bar lines that plagued last year's event, with more than 8000 guests well fed and watered.

Songstress Adalita kicked things off at 4pm while people brought a bottle of wine back to their picnic rug or found their seats.

The former Geelong girl sang some of her well-known hits including Ego before heading to the merch tent.

"It's just a huge, massive honour and it's unbelievable to be supporting Leonard Cohen on such a beautiful day here in Geelong, where I'm from," she said.

Renowned for his storytelling, Archie Roach put on a powerful performance with myriad songs describing his childhood.

However there was one name on almost everybody's lips.

"We're here for Leonard Cohen," said Melbourne's Trisha Richardson.

"Also because it's such a beautiful day and of course for the winery."

The 60-year-old psychologist was enjoying the array of food and wine with friend and colleague of 18 years, Fiona Strang, 46, who complimented the event's set up.

An older, albeit spirited crowd, filled the reserved seating area and greeted Cohen with a standing ovation as his deep, thick voice flooded the venue.

Some younger music fans made the most of a cloudless sky atop their patch of grass on the cascading lawn.

A delicately devised traffic management plan and strict seating arrangements made the amount of time and money spent on the afternoon's preparation abundantly clear as sound flowed from the impressive stage which took a week to set up.

Mark Arkinstall, 55, a retired principal from Ceres, has been to all three Geelong A Day on the Green concerts.

"The organisation this year is great, the first time we came people were lining up for about two hours to get a drink it was awful, but this is beautifully organised now, they've got it down pat," he said.

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:20 am
by B4real
Finally got time to post some photos -

The following two were posted just outside the ladies portaloo. I don't know what that really means :)
This set list was from Leonard's personal stand 8)

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:25 am
by B4real
Because my camera can't handle not having a flash on I took all these photos in the daylight hours -

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:27 am
by B4real

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:29 am
by B4real

Re: CONCERT REPORT: ADOTG, Geelong, Australia, December 7, 2

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:31 am
by B4real