rigray wrote: It's true that there were some seats still available at the very back.
Exactly, some in the corners right up at the back on Wednesday, even fewer on Thursday - not " banks of empty seats" as reported by one journalist! (Another reminder not to believe everything you read in the paper...)
I think it is a great tribute to LC that so many people in these hard times (as acknowledged by him) were prepared to pay almost €90 for seats so far back - tickets were so much cheaper in England!
I agree with you, rigray, that this was "one of the best".
Lissadell was lovely, but the audience restless.
Kilmainham was lovely, but FREEZING.
This was as near perfection as possible.
What a joy to be in a purpose built concert hall instead of a double-jobbing sports hall, to have no weather worries, and a warm, responsive audience both nights - "a perfect mixture of appreciation and response" , "a good kind of rowdy" , according to Leif, and he knows what he is talking about!
"The night comes on " on Wed., the first song which attracted me to LC's work, and which for me has associations with my Mother.
"Suzanne" - still so beautiful, so reminiscent of the young Cohen, so beautifully lit.
"Chelsea Hotel" - it must take courage to sing this song written by a younger, angrier man, with its brutally honest conclusion.
"Save the last dance for me" at the end. So suited to Leonard - sparkling wine, fine music, darling - made for him!
Sadly, though, it did sound like goodbye Ireland...
Later we watched the loaded tour trucks heading for the port, and felt disconsolate. I thought of Shakespeare's words:
"Our revels now are ended.These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air."
Thanks to all of you who were there and posted reviews, videos and photos. Now, that's all that there is...
Ring the bells that still can ring...