Listen To “Best Glastonbury Performance Ever” – 2008 Leonard Cohen Glastonbury Show

skyLeonard Cohen’s June 28, 2008 Glastonbury show was ranked the “Best Glastonbury Performance Ever” by The Telegraph. Check out these posts about that concert:

Setlist

Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Ain’t No Cure for Love
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
So Long, Marianne
Tower Of Song
Suzanne
Hallelujah
Democracy
I’m Your Man
Closing Time
Anthem
First We Take Manhattan

Credit Due Department: Photo by wobblyturkey

“I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you” Leonard Cohen’s Profound Performance Of Hallelujah – Coachella 2009

“Just because I wasn’t there doesn’t mean I can’t remember it.”

That line, lifted from Horseman by Richard Russo, characterizes the feelings generated when I view this video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah at Coachella from from the Songs from the Road” DVD. When, for example, the youthful crowd shouts “Leonard, Leonard, Leonard, Leonard …” and then erupts following Leonard’s local reference, “I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you,” I’m not only in the desert with them but I’m about 25 years old.

The Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show was special for many reasons. Read about it at “Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009.

Other Coachella Posts:

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Coachella: April 17, 2009

“Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009

“We’d played festivals in the past, and I’m not crazy about the setup.”

Leonard Cohen in anticipation of Coachella

In Leonard Cohen’s February 20, 2009 interview with the LA Times, he voiced concern about his April 17, 2009 show at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival:

“We’d played festivals in the past, and I’m not crazy about the setup. You’re on a roster with a whole lot of other people. You don’t have the evening. I like to be in a room with people for three hours, have a beginning, middle and an end. We can’t do our whole set, it’s not our rhythm. But we have heard it’s a special hospitality there. We’ll play our best and look forward to it.”

In addition to the environment and the staging logistics listed by Cohen other potential hazards also loomed ominously.

Cohen would be trapped, for example, between the personification of pop music nostalgia, Paul McCartney, the headliner of the first night who would would be playing the evening’s grand finale, and the multitude of hip and trendy bands who were invited precisely because they were currently surfing on the waves of popularity. And, as can ascertained by the 2009 Coachella poster below, Leonard did not receive top billing.

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Hear Complete Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show

The Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show was special for many reasons. Read about it at “Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009.

Other Coachella Posts:

 

Setlist

01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 The Future
03 Ain’t No Cure For love
04 Bird On The Wire
05 Everybody Knows
06 Who by Fire
07 First We Take Manhattan
08 Hallelujah
09 I’m your Man
10 Democracy

Video: 2009 Leonard Cohen Barcelona Blessings “May your life be sweet as apples dipped in honey”

At the Sept 21 2009 Barcelona show, Leonard Cohen incorporated a reference to the Rosh Hashanah custom of eating a slice of apple dipped in honey to express hopes that the upcoming year will be sweet and fruitful. An enlightening exposition of the origins and meaning of this Rosh Hashanah tradition can be found at Aish.com.

Leonard Cohen – Blessings
Barcelona: Sept 21 2009
Video by TallMan3rdRow

 

Also see Leonard Cohen’s Priestly Blessing – Belfast 2009

Note: Originally posted Oct 1, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Priestly Blessing – Belfast 2009

The Priestly Blessing

Leonard Cohen’s final blessings were an integral part of his 2008-2013 shows. The best known of these, the Priestly Blessing, was a highlight of his historical Sept 24, 2009 Tel Aviv, Israel concert. (For another special Cohen blessing, see Video: 2009 Leonard Cohen Barcelona Blessings “May your life be sweet as apples dipped in honey”)

As this post, originally published July 28, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com,1 a predecessor of Cohencentric, indicates, however, the Tel Aviv show was not the only – or even the first – time Leonard invoked the Priestly Blessing. The Tel Aviv Blessing was more dramatic with the formal “lifting of the hands” and Leonard Cohen’s recitation of the Blessing in Hebrew. More information about the history of the Priestly Blessing and its manifestation at the Tel Aviv show an be found at The Legacy Of Leonard Cohen’s 2009 Tel Aviv Priestly Blessing With Video Of The Event.

Leonard Cohen’s blessings, his final address to the audience at the July 26, 2009 Belfast concert, varied from the benedictions he has used at most of his performances, including  his most recent shows in Dublin a few days earlier.

The Belfast blessings were taken from The Priestly Blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26, the prayer to be used by Aaron and his sons for the blessing of the children of Israel. Many synagogues continue to use this prayer in their services. In Protestant churches, it has come to be known as The Benediction and often closes church services as a blessing upon the congregation. It is similarly used at weddings as a blessing upon the bride and groom.

The King James version follows:

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Leonard Cohen – Blessings
Belfast: July 28, 2009

 

For comparison, the blessings from the Aug 4, 2009 Lisbon concert, which reflect Cohen’s most frequently used comments,2 are offered in the video below.

Leonard Cohen – Blessings
Lisbon: Aug 4, 2009

 

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  1. Note the final video has been updated because the video used in the original post is no longer available []
  2. Cohen’s blessings are rarely identical but typically take the form of permutations consisting of 2 or 3 comments drawn from 4 or 5 possibilities. []