Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Bird On A Wire – Lisbon 2010

The September 10, 2010 Lisbon concert proved to be an extraordinarily impressive demonstration of musical skills and showmanship, a phenomenon asdeguia, a correspondent who was in attendance at that show, convincingly attributes to the intense complicity between the band and the audience.

As evidence of the quality of the performances, Cohencentric offers the video of “Bird On A Wire,” perhaps the song from the Leonard Cohen World Tour repertoire most sensitive to musicological nuances (for example, timing, tone, phrasing, …) and least forgiving of flaws. The presentation of “Bird On A Wire” at Lisbon is a lapidary masterpiece.

Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire
Lisbon: Sept 10, 2010
Video from Actresspt

Note: Originally posted Jan 5, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Born In Chains – Las Vegas 2010

I was born in chains but I was taken out of Egypt
I was bound to a burden, but the burden it was raised
Lord I can no longer keep this secret
Blessed is the name, the name be praised

Born In Chains – The 2010 Las Vegas Rendition

“Born In Chains” was first performed in concert by Leonard Cohen at the July 27, 2010 Salzburg, Austria show and immediately captured a wide following among Cohen fans. It underwent many changes in its lyrics and its arrangement through the final months of the Tour.

The version performed on Dec 11, 2010 in Las Vegas is notable for the prominent roles played by Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters.

Leonard Cohen – Born In Chains
Las Vegas – Dec 11, 2010

Video from albertnoonan

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Credit Due Department: The photo of Leonard Cohen waving his hat to the audience is from Notes From The Road.  The photo of Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen is a screen capture from the featured video. Originally posted Aug 2, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Closing Time – San Jose 2009

Closing Time - San Jose with blouse in upper right being flung to stage

Closing Time – San Jose with blouse in upper right being flung to stage

Women’s Blouses In Flight At Closing Time Of Leonard Cohen San Jose Concert

Yeah the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots

From “Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen

Albert Noonan, better known in Cohen Country as albertnoonan, Vizier Of Videography, was good enough to alert us that minors should be removed from the room prior to the viewing of this recording in order to shield innocent children from exposure to this raucous rendition of the classic Cohen tune.

Yes, what you see is what happened – feminine clothing is repeatedly launched from the audience onto the stage, whoops are whooped, the unflappable Leonard Cohen loses his place in the song (1:18), and, in general, a good time is had by all.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009

Video by albertnoonan

Bonus: Democracy Is Coming To San Jose

“Democracy,” an especially popular feature of concerts earlier in the Leonard Cohen World Tour, had been absent for some time but was resurrected as the final song of the final 2009 US concert.

Leonard Cohen – Democracy
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009
Video by albertnoonan

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Credit Due Department: Photo of San Jose HP Pavilion by Kim Solez of Leonard Cohen Night. Photo atop this post is a video screen capture.

Note: Originally posted Nov 14, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: 2010 Helsinki Concert Video & Photos

The 2010 Helsinki Concert Photos

Maarten Massa’s photos of Leonard Cohen and, especially, the band members and backup singers from the August 10, 2010 Helsinki concert are among the best taken during the entire 2008-2010 tour. In addition to the shots displayed in this post, many other photos from the Helsinki show can be found at Leonard Cohen in Helsinki – Aug 10 2010: Part 1 and Part 2.

Video: Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You + Thank You To Jarkko

That the final song of the August 10, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert was “I Tried To Leave You” was hardly a surprise. Nor were the solo performances by the band members and backup singers unexpected.

Unique to the Helsinki show, however, were Leonard Cohen’s words of appreciation, following the completion of “I Tried To Leave You,” for the role Jarkko Arjatsalo and his website, LeonardCohenFiles.com, played in keeping Cohen’s songs alive when his “voice wasn’t heard very often in very many places.”

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Helsinki: Aug 10, 2010
Video from itriedtoleaveyou

Note: Originally posted July 5, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour: Who By Fire – Fredericton 2008

Fredericton Playhouse – Fredericton, New Brunswick

In The Beginning Was Fredericton

On May 11, 2008, Leonard Cohen inaugurated his 2008-2010 World Tour (although no one knew it would be a three year tour then) at The Playhouse in Fredericton, NB, a venue which, according to Wikipedia, had a capacity of 709 (469 orchestra seats and 240 balcony seats).

I urge viewers to read the best of the Fredericton concert reviews, Leonard Cohen wows Fredericton by Wilifred Langmaid  (Daily Gleaner, May 13, 2008), which can be found at LeonardCohenForum. My own comments on this piece, originally posted at the DrHGuy.com site on May 13, 2008, follow:

Wilifred Langmaid  provides a comprehensive, interesting review of Cohen’s performance at the Fredericton Playhouse. Other than some forgivable hometown self-congratulation, the piece is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and includes details not listed elsewhere. A must-read for hard core Cohen fans.

Leonard Cohen – Who By Fire
Fredericton – May 11, 2008

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Credit Due Department: Photo by Rbcb – Own work, CC by 3.0. via Wikipedia. Originally posted July 29, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Closing Time At Weybridge Video & Pix

Where’s That Famous Blue Raincoat When You Need It?

The photo atop this post showing the deluge of rain falling on Leonard Cohen (who is on an ostensibly sheltered stage while the audience is unprotected from the skies) has become indelibly identified with Leonard Cohen’s wet, wonderful Weybridge show.

The photographer, dorsetbays, who took the shots on this page and generously shared them here, summarizes the setting:

Leonard Cohen put on an amazing concert at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Surrey on 11 July 2009. The weather was atrocious, heavy rain and gale force winds, but the atmosphere was electric.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Weybridge: July 11, 2009

“Closing Time” is an important and beloved Leonard Cohen song, and there will certainly be more than one performance of “Closing Time” in this The Best Of Tour series. This energetic rendition, however,  delivered near the end of a 3+ hour concert held concurrently with a rainstorm surely qualifies for this distinction.

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