Hmm. I'd prefer new songs. I am little dissapointed by the setlist, it's basically the same 1993 setlist, with one older song returned from 1988 setlist (Who By Fire, skipped in 1993 because there was no oud player), plus two 1993 setlist songs replaced by two 2001 songs (i.e. instead of Waiting for the Miracle we have In My Secret Life, and we have The Gypsy's Wife, returned after more than 20 years). I am surprised by that there's The Future, and Manhattan, I was sure he will never perform it as he has many great new songs, and in 2001 he stated that Ten New Sogs is the album of reconciliation after the darkness and hate of The Future (the album) and that he doesn't quite feel those songs anymore. He also said that Recent Songs is his best album and I expected more songs to resurface from that record. Also, there's no Dear Heather songs, probably because Anjani's not on the tour with him. The general impression is that LC wasn't really ready for radical change in setlist and concert planning...
But that's maybe only the problem of the man (that's me) who heard dozens of 1988 and 1993 recordings (and all tours - and think that 1993 setlist was little ... boring, compared to 1988 or 1985) and who browse Jim Devlin's tours book
and contributed to JF's website http://www.leonardcohenlive.com
Anyhow, we will see what the future brings, with bigger halls, longer shows and more public demand, plus the inevitable changes in playing, condition, band's fluency etc.
Also, it's goot to see him singing and performing again, it seems he found the way again