Photos & Descriptions: Leonard Cohen Performs At Centennial Vineyards (Bowral) & Sydney Entertainment Center 2009

Following reports of the 2008-2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour has led me to consider the impact the venue has on the performer and, perhaps even more significantly, on the audience. I was  most recently made aware of this issue by reading Amanda’s posts at Flop Eared Mule (Update: no longer online. Fair Warning: Amanda does not write what one would define as “balanced reviews” of Leonard Cohen performances so much as – oh, let’s call them “appreciations.” Consider, for example, her description of the opening of the Sydney performance:

In fact, the first highlight came even before the song when Leonard (Leonard Freaking Cohen) bounded, literally bounded, on stage and was greeted by a standing ovation. Excited as I was, I may not have thought of that myself but there was a great release in going up with the masses and I evidently felt sufficiently unrestrained that I couldn’t help but tear up. And I squealed like I’d just seen a Bay City Roller.

 

Amanda compares the Leonard Cohen concerts she attended at the Sydney Entertainment Center, which is most frequently described as a “big box” although Amanda favors “barn,” with the show she attended at the Centennial Vineyards in Bowral.

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Hear Complete Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show

 

Leonard Cohen – Live at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (2009) – Full Concert. – Dance Me To The End Of Love – The Future – Ain’t No Cure For Love – Bird On The Wire – Everybody Knows – Who By Fire – First We Take Manhattan – Hallelujah – I’m Your Man – Democracy

Video from Boogie Street

Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Waiting For The Miracle, Featuring Dino Soldo – Adelaide 2010

Leonard Cohen – Waiting For The Miracle
Adelaide: Nov 18, 2010
Video by alanm5049

Baby, I’ve been waiting,
I’ve been waiting night and day
I didn’t see the time,
I waited half my life away
There were lots of invitations
And I know you sent me some
But I was waiting
For the miracle, for the miracle to come

Originally posted Nov 22, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

New & Improved: Leonard Cohen 2010 Tour Visitor Restrictions

The Leonard Cohen Visitation Policy

Since the Leonard Cohen World Tour began in 2008, contact with Leonard himself has been severely restricted, especially compared to previous tours. These regulations have been, according to management, necessary to conserve the singer-songwriter’s energy. To emphasize that point, this announcement appeared on July 18, 2010 at LeonardCohenForum under the fan-friendly title: “From The Tour Management: No Visitors!”

The tour management has asked me to post this note.

Please note that management has organized the tours as closed tours – meaning that Leonard does not meet friends, family, press, celebrities other poets or authors while on the road — in order to assure that he has the rest necessary to support his three and one-half hour shows. Thanks to all for understanding our policy and helping us fuel the tour with needed silence rather than additional stress.

While this warning is, one supposes, adequate, it seems a bit unrefined to be associated with Leonard Cohen, who is known as a fastidious wordsmith willing to devote much effort, sometimes over a period of years, to perfect a song or poem. And, well, while it pains me to point this out, it lacks that element of distilled draconian intimidation for which entertainment executives strive. Consequently, DrHGuy has been obliged to once again point out to his icon of choice the potential for New And Improved methodology – this time in the area of visitation rules. (Ongoing readers will recall that DrHGuy has previously stepped forward to instruct Leonard Cohen on the enhancement of his Lyrics, his Concerts formats, and the entire range of affiliated merchandise.)

A New And Improved Visitation Policy

In retrospect, DrHGuy realizes that his previous strategy of directly promoting such improvements to Leonard Cohen by demonstrating the superiority of, say, a revision of Cohen’s lyrics to the original words, however lovingly and empathically accomplished, may have been a tad too confrontational. In this case, therefore, DrHGuy offers an analogous visitor policy, with DrHGuy himself as its focus, as an example of the type of enhancement that is possible.

From The Blog Management: No Visitors!

1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric Management has asked me to post this note:

Please note that DrHGuy also will not meet friends, family, press, celebrities, poets, and authors in conjunction with this tour. In addition, he will not meet enemies, nobodies, riffraff, bloggers, anyone wearing a Viking helmet (whether authentic or ersatz), software designers, community college teachers, ovo-lacto-pescatarians, Episcopalians, doctoral candidates, individuals over 6’2″ tall, insurance salesmen, classically trained physiologists, those who have appeared on Larry King Live, females who are fluent in Kazakh (unless they speak with a pronounced lisp), students who are currently enrolled in accredited culinary, cosmetology, barber, or medical schools, paralegals, parachutists, Paraguayan, parasailors, paragons, paratroopers, paranoids, paralogists, paragraphers, paraplegics, parasitologists, parapsychologists, parallel parkers, or anyone who has attended a fundamentalist revival meeting wearing chaps. These restrictions are necessary because DrHGuy will be stuck in northern Illinois while the Tour meanders around places like Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia… And, by the time Leonard finishes that 8th encore, it’s way past DrHGuy’s bedtime. Thanks to all for understanding this policy and helping fuel the blog with needed material.

Originally posted July 23, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

When Sharon Robinson Returned To Leonard Cohen Tour – Auckland Oct 28, 2010

Yep, there’s Sharon Robinson (third angel from the right) back from sick leave after missing several shows and returning home to recuperate from an illness. This photo from the Oct 28, 2010 Leonard Cohen Auckland Concert was taken by Joey Carenza

Originally posted Oct 28, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Thanks For All The Lights, Friends” Leonard Cohen 2009 San Jose Concert Brightened By Thin Green Glow Sticks

Fans Greet “Suzanne” With Green Lights

When Leonard Cohen broke into “Suzanne,” fans broke out green glow sticks in celebration and were rewarded for their efforts by Cohen voicing his appreciation from the stage at 1:27. (The waving lights response was organized by Leslie Py Wener.)

Thanks for all the lights, friends

Note: This is part of the Leonard Cohen Grand Tour Souvenirs series; also see 50,000 Green Glow Sticks – Tel Aviv 2009

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009
Video from arlenedick15

Originally posted Nov 14, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Video: Leonard Cohen Arrives In Bratislava (2010)

A Proudly Captioned Leonard Cohen Exclusive

This video is local television coverage of Leonard Cohen and Unified Heart Touring Company arriving in Bratislava. Consequently, the only portion in English begins just after 1:10 and consists of Cohen (literally) saying “hello.”

Nonetheless, I find it a gratifying two minute delectation and another example of Leonard Cohen casually seducing an entire city into believing there is no place he would rather be.

I also like the “Leonard high-fives the camera”  look in the screenshot above.

For extra credit, World Tour aficionados can list how many troupe members they recognize in the background.

Leonard Cohen 2010 Bratislava

Video from SynertaTransportal

Credit Due Department: I was alerted to this video by a Linda Sturgess. Originally posted Nov 6, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric