CONCERT REPORT: Malmö, Sweden, August 4, 2010

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby goldstei » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:34 pm

me, too, Diana. if only every day was that like one!!
hope you're well, as i am.

best, and greetings from copenhagen

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:50 pm

rocketqueen - I hope some of that little cloud stays with you - always. :D

I found another picture of the venue at the blogspot of "Mattias Vendel - and he says "more to follow" -
http://mattiasv.blogspot.com/2010/08/le ... start.html
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Leonard Cohen is about to start
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A lot can be said about Leonard Cohen. one thing is that he's really nice to listen to. The other is that the average age here tonight is remarkably higher than Britney Spears would have :-) More to follow...
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:11 pm

Good video!!

Oh my! It just gets better and better!! LC & UHTC!

From "masunagajr" Thanks!! :D :D

"First We Take Manhattan" -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON2R4IoHRKU

"So Long Marianne"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FnF-gzuwnM

"Famous Blue Raincoat"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Zths_k2Y4

"Closing Time"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EN0b0ZYdYY

"Tower of Song"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy7R684swT4

"Sisters of Mercy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vDArZIcnpk

"Chelsea Hotel"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF005PvINHI
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:52 pm

And more good video -

From "johnnyturnon" Thanks!!

"The Partisan"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lm0Fbr8diw

"Suzanne"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66PGafv4a78

"Anthem"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y06Vkb5FOHw
*sigh* As well that this seems to be a gorgeous and heartfelt performance by Leonard, Leonard also has some new words when introducing his wonderful musicians and singers. I have to listen some more - but a few bits that I think I hear: Dino - "the master of musicians"; Bob - "my old friend"; Neil - "a musician's musician"; Rosco - "colleague of 35 years ... the incurable Rosco Beck" :D :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:08 pm

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Good Morning Malmö. Today we head to Oslo still buzzing from the show last night. We’ve finally hit the groove.

— Malmö, Sweden
http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/post/906 ... oslo-still
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby rocketqueen » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:26 am

To make my Malmö experience even better, my wonderful mother and father have just called me and suprised me with a ticket to go see Cohen again in Odense on the 14th. I truly am lucky.
Malmö, Sweden - August 4th 2010 - see you then Mr. Cohen
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby cpl593h » Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:35 pm

you are a lucky, lucky girl!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby Lisbeth » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:04 pm

According to my husbands Swedish coworkers, he was on national TV when they showed a sequence from the concert. What a bummer for Swedish TV to show Danish fans instead of Swedes. :lol:
But I guess it also tells the story that Leonrad Cohen fans happily cross borders to attend his concerts. :)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby goldstei » Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:01 pm

yes, many fans from copenhagen stumbled around with me in the light desperately looking for the malmo arena, which apparently is too new to even make it onto folks's gpsssessss (plural of gps)??, which placed it somewhere south of Atlantis off Argentina
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby Lisbeth » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:12 pm

We came by car, and had no trouble finding the arena as there were roadsigns leading us there. Perhaps it was because we dont have gps, we were able to find it ;-)

Speaking of the area, where the arena was located, it was a bit of a downer. Nothing can be as depressing as buildings during construction. I can easily imagine Leonard Cohen and crew arriving to Malmö Arena after 2 concerts in beautiful Ireland to this - what was previously described as 'wilderness', no wonder it was hard to remain in any spiritual mode. I also missed signs or posters telling Leonard Cohen was here.

Having said this, I think the arena was built perfectly to host those 15.0000 people. There was at no point chaos: the ladies rooms were nite and clean, no lines to buy drinks and there were even plenty of parkings lots and leaving went nice and smooth. However ladies should leave their high heels at home, as it was not passable in shoes with more than 2 cm of heels. A flashlight would also have come in handy finding the car.

But who cares - I don't - I got to sit right in front of Leonard Cohen and I even left with a setlist, he might have touched at some point. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:38 am

Uploaded by "hrjgr" Thanks!

"Born In Chains"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBpPd88CfMU
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Malmö, Sweden; 04-08-2010

Postby Eric-photo » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:08 pm

Some unfortunately very bad pics and a setlist from Malmö Arena, Sweden, can be viewed at my site for various rock photos:
http://www.eric-photo.dk
/ Eric Klitgaard
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:12 pm

Uploaded by "kilaker" Thanks!

"Hallelujah"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT9C9GYmBDM
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:42 am

Some beautiful video from "coolcohen100" Thanks!!

"Born In Chains"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDBOhN0V-Ew

"Democracy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttz0zYjHcdw

"Famous Blue Raincoat"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6rX28uVpN4
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Malmo, August 4, 2010

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:39 am

http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/musik/leon ... -1.1149293
Concert Reviews

Leonard Cohen in Fine Form


Published 2010-08-05 15:46

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Photo: Louis Holtenäs / Rockfoto Leonard Cohen sings a true
hit parade dressed as a gentleman in a suit and hat-Sinatra.


Dark, quiet and flawless. Leonard Cohen is behaving like a gentleman in a suit and hat-Sinatra during the three and a half-hour concert at Malmö Arena.

"But you do not really care for music, do you?" Sings Leonard Cohen's now emblematic of the "Hallelujah". And I may - at times, during the over three hour long concert - the urge to throw that line in his face. Cohen is a perfect glimmering songwriters and lyricists. There is not much more to say about it. But his choice of musicians, producers and aesthetic focus always seems to have been marked by arbitrariness.

But then, he was also the poet who reluctantly became a performer to rescue its economy. Music may have never really been any great interest. The songs are stunning although is his catalog at times impossible to listen to. In some ways, may perhaps be grateful to the many songs he does during the concert in Malmö cast in the same form, even if it is right bland.

Leonard Cohen made a comeback as artist on tour two years ago after quarter past one year hiatus. This tour is really just a continuation of the former. He has been with the same musicians and plays much the same songs. He varies very little between their performances. Besides a few solo efforts - notably by guitarist Javier Mas - let Cohen's band as a skilled but såsig entertainment orchestra. There've been such an ideal: great singer would perform with UNDISTINGUISHED fund. Now it seems strange right. I would rather have seen Cohen compass of Tindersticks or why Arcade Fire is not. As it is, rub it anywhere, there is no resistance.

Of course he does no wrong. He is behaving like a gentleman in his suit and hat-Sinatra. His voice is dark, quiet and incredibly expressive. He do not talk much between songs, eyes shut during most of the concerts. Expression, is in contrast to Cohen's immersion in the world, and he seems to download everything from within himself. Earlier in his life he drank two bottles of wine before each concert in order to live themselves into songs. How he works these days is unclear, but he is there - in the text.

After an hour-long first set is the pause. It started a little tentative and taken towards the end. After the break following a true hit parade. He lines up the "Tower of Song", "Suzanne", Sisters of Mercy "and" Hey, Thats No Way to Say Goodbye ". It is almost overwhelming, but what strikes me is how much of Leonard Cohen's distance that is lost in this super-conventional framing. "Tower of Song" is actually very funny. Cohen has the linguistic accuracy needed to turn to reality. The absurdity and the literal string in the same room. It is poetry, not contemporary commentary rock lyrics. In "I'm Your Man" he shoots back a little hat and glares at the audience. The first time you see the irony of lightning in his eyes.

It is as with Cohen that he knows what role he should play. Most of us wishes to believe that it is the existential, which makes life difficult to live, death, love and the big issues. As most in the end is about logistics. The poets are working for those who want to add a little weight to their lives, who want the trouble of a little more remarkable way. Leonard Cohen will be happy to.

The end is, after all, right hilarious. He dances to the stage for "Take this waltz" (dedicated to his friend Trevor Baylis) and come back three times to extensive encore. Three and a half hours, he gives us. Cohen turns 76 in a few weeks. He is certainly in good shape.

Leonard Cohen plays at the Globe
in Stockholm Sunday, August 8th.

Po Tidholm

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