Yet another bomb threat. From some reactionaries who had not even realized that the last political meeting of the spring semester in the Great Hall had been the week before, now there was the only a concert. At the time, Norway was still so innocent that the threat did not create fear, just irritation. All of us knew that the bomb threat was just an empty bluff, but everyone also knew that as a precaution we were still going to have to clear the entire Great Hall. It was irritating, and extra annoying since it could have been avoided if only the “idiots” had checked the calendar in advance.
Out we went. Soon 8-900 spectators stood in the parking lot, waiting for the bomb search to be completed so that the concert could continue… But word spread suddenly that Leonard Cohen and his band had brought instruments and now stood at the back of the concert hall, ready for an open air concert. Of course, we moved around the corner of the hall, and there and then changed the boring evening into something wonderful that still lives in memory. They took played not just one or two songs, but playedon for fully there on the lawn. Tightly surrounded by the audience with all distance between musician and fans broken down and removed. You saw that Cohen & Co. enjoyed themselves in the unfamiliar setting… With a bunch of musicians and several hundred enthusiastic guest vocalists, this was the most powerful and electric campfire concert – albeit without electricity and fire – I’ve ever attended!
There was obviously no continuation of the concert indoors. Luckily. We could leave the place with the magic of the spontaneous outdoor concert unsullied.
From Leonard Cohen: Fine suvenirer fra den siste turnéen by Leif Gjerstad (LeffesLab: May 13, 2015) English translation via Google Translate and other online translation processes.