After very strict security checks, the band has cleared the check points and is into the venue.
Note: Originally posted Oct 7, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Gripping Black And White Video Of “Avalanche” And “Suzanne” From 2010 Hannover Concert
Those two songs alone would make this video significant. “Suzanne” is arguably the most representative work in Leonard Cohen’s repertoire, dating back to the beginning of his career as a singer-songwriter, and “Avalanche” is a favorite of many fans, especially those who have admired Cohen over the years, but was rarely played during the World Tour until the 2010 leg of the Tour.
The stark clarity of the black and white recording fits seamlessly with the tone, lyrical content, lighting,1 and the staging which revolves around on Cohen alone, accompanying himself on guitar.
From my perspective, the black and white videography significantly enhances the focus of and emotional impact on the viewer.
Leonard Cohen – Suzanne and Avalanche
Hannover; Sept 27, 2010
Video from anniesnake
Note: Originally posted July 27, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- The lighting for the Cohen Concerts is an often overlooked aspect of the presentation. In this context, it is particularly notable because the same dramatic effects that are most compelling for the live audience can prove insurmountable obstacles to still photographers and videographers. [↩]
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
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
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