Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Gent: Aug 22, 2010
Video by albertnoonan
Credit Due Department: The shot atop this post was taken by Eija Arjatsalo at LeonardCohenForum. Originally posted Jan 13, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Thanks so much friends, Thanks for inviting us to this sacred place. It’s a great honor. I promise we’ll give you everything we got tonight.
Hanging Rock, Nov 20, 2010
The above photo of Leonard Cohen, bedecked in a coat, scarf, signature fedora, and sunglasses) and standing behind his trusty keyboard, at the November 20, 2010 Hanging Rock, Australia concert is one of those shots that epitomize a particular performance. In the midst of a cold evening in the isolated, eerie volcanic formation that was the setting for the show, Cohen honored the promise he made at the beginning of the concert: “We’ll give you everything we got tonight.”
The photo below offers a view of both Roscoe Beck (on bass and under beret) and the impeccable but all too often invisible Neil Larsen (playing keyboards and wearing scarf) equipped with stylish shades. Both of these photos1 are by Hazel Anthony, Australia (please do not repost without photographer’s permission).
Leonard Cohen opened the final North American leg of his World Tour in Victoria last night (Nov 30, 2010). It was – yawn – another five star performance. Documentation of that rating and other impressions of the concert can be found in the local paper of record, the Victoria Times Colonist, under the rather lengthy but informative title, Leonard Cohen performed for Victoria Tuesday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Reviewer Mike Devlin gave the show five stars (out of five) [Update: Title has since been changed to the more concise “Full Leonard Cohen review: He sings to serve”]. The first lines are representative:
Where does it come from? Where does Leonard Cohen get his vigor, stamina, discipline and élan vital? Leonard Cohen literally bounded on stage Tuesday night, looking for more agile — and sounding considerably younger — than your average 76-year-old.
He would prove to be to be even more impressive, in all manner of areas, as the night progressed. Over the course of his truly awe-inspiring three-hour concert, Cohen could do no wrong. In any way, shape or form.
He was met with a standing ovation after stepping on stage at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, which he readily accepted. Forget that the gesture has probably been expressed at nearly every one of his 240 comeback concerts during the past two-and-a-half years. Cohen was genuinely gracious in accepting such a gift.
“Looking … agile,” “sounding considerably younger,” “impressive,” “awe-inspiring,” … you’ve heard it all before.
Early reports from fans are even more rapturous. No videos have yet surfaced – which leads to a brief commentary about video recordings taken by audience members.
Update: Videos from the Victoria show did turn up later:
While videotaping performances such as Leonard Cohen concerts from the audience has been criticized as distracting to others attending the show and the final products damned as inferior in quality as well as potential violations of copyright, one can make an impressive case that, aside from being present for the concert itself, nothing that rivals the excitement and gratification of viewing a competently recorded video within hours of the live performance, which may have taken place thousands of miles away from the viewer.1
In fact, many of those who have attended a Leonard Cohen concert admit to eagerly logging in the next morning in hopes of again watching a performance they saw live the night before.
Further, I would contend that, lacking a hyper-detailed first hand account, there is little to rival a video’s capacity to individualize a performance. The eight still photos from the Victoria Times Colonist article [Update: Only two photos now remain], for example are of professional quality, well framed, well lit, distortion free, … and, unless one has an encyclopedic knowledge of stage curtains and overhead lights, indistinguishable from photos of Cohen’s performances in Moscow, Chicago, and 90% of the Tour’s other indoor venues.
One can, indeed, make the argument that nothing, other than the shift in the economics of the music system, has had more impact on pop concerts than widely and easily accessible videos of the shows.
Credit Due Department: Photos by J.S. Carenza III.
Originally posted Dec 1, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
This rendition of “I’m Your Man” features the Webb Sisters bundled up against the cold to the point of nonrecognition (Sharon Robinson was absent because of illness) and an animated Leonard Cohen, who appears to be pounding down a few loose boards on the stage with his feet.
Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Hanging Rock (Victoria, Australia): Nov 20, 2010
Video from brendanobrien69
Originally posted May 1, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The sequence of events in this video follows:
Oh, and then Leonard Cohen and the Unified Heart Touring Company perform “So Long, Marianne.”
Then, the crowd applauds.
Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Sydney: Nov 8, 2010
Video from mcgettrick26
Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post is by J.S. Carenza III
Note: Originally posted Nov 11, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
From “Everybody Knows”
By Leonard Cohen1
A mid-level manager at a regional advertising agency, whose child has now been returned to him safe and sound, has revealed the special marketing campaign submitted for the 2009 Leonard Cohen Las Vegas concert.
The theme, touted in the marketing memos as “classic, classy cabaret,” is apparent in the alterations made in the portion of the show featuring “The Sublime Webb Sisters” – who will be presented at the Las Vegas gig as “The Sublime Webb Mistresses.” The tentative script for Leonard’s introduction of them begins, “Confuse them with the Sisters Of Mercy at your own risk … ”
Their customized for Vegas version of “If It Be Your Will” – renamed for the occasion “That’s ‘If It Be Our Will,’ Biatch” – will be the first performance of that song to feature handcuffs, a variety of leather implements, battery cables, and a volunteer from the audience.2
Even more thematically indicative, however, is this rough cut of the TV ad being produced to promote the World Tour Las Vegas concert.
Leonard Cohen – Las Vegas Concert Ad
Originally posted Sept 1, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric