CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

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CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby LC&LC » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:47 am

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Paris is a bit chilly this morning, highest temperature expected today: 18 degres, but it's quite sunny so far - will certainly get warmer from 20h00 onwards...
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:36 pm

From Camp Cohen -

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An interesting venue -indoor - the oldest music hall in Paris - The Olympian -
Capacity - varying information - but from past recent shows - I think it is 2,700
[Editing: Capacity 1,952 according to Leif Bodnarchuck Tour Diary http://bit.ly/UzxiQR ]

Et, ce soir Leonard Cohen

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Signs of Leonard Cohen

From Wikipedia -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia_%28Paris%29
Founded in 1888, by Joseph Oller, the creator of the Moulin Rouge, today easily recognizable by its giant red glowing letters announcing its name. It opened in 1889 as the "Montagnes Russes" but was renamed the Olympia in 1893.
And more from Camp Cohen - the inside -

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Olympia, Paris

http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/post/324 ... -night-one

And - again - from Camp Cohen -
It looks like Roscoe will be back in business with the standup double bass -

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The Tune-Up
Bass tech Chris Bynum is keeping an eye on the bridge while musical director Roscoe Beck fine tunes the upright.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby rpan » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:09 am

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:51 am

Great show at Olympia tonight. Good atmosphere and really intimate after the massive outdoor venues. I can't tell you how good it felt to be back inside for a show with no worries about the cold, the wind and the rain!

The (soft) 11.30 pm curfew meant that there was no Closing Time though If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters) was included. There were no "acrobatics" today.

One thing I didn't like about Olympia were the arrangements for finding your seat. There are no seat numbers so the ushers (placeurs) insist on showing you to your seat. Although the ushers wear an Olympia uniform, they are apparently only remunerated to the extent that they receive tips and the girl who showed me to my seat demanded a tip for pointing out which seat in the row I was already standing in was actually mine. I paid 199 Euro for my ticket; I really don't expect to have to pay extra to take my seat.

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby cohenadmirer » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:53 am

199 euro excluding mandatory tips! Would get a bit tricky of you had no small change.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby olive31 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:16 pm

What a magical night Paris yesterday!!!! :D :D :D :D
Here's a clip of The Partisan!
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby racerbear02 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:20 pm

I am just about to set off for Paris for tonight's concert, Olympia is one of my favourite venues, fabulous décor and atmosphere.

However I will not be intimidated into tipping, so the ushers will be disappointed with me if this is what they have started doing, never had the problem before here, we will see.

That notwithstanding, I can't wait to get there :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:29 pm

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Paris • Night One
Another curtain call


http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/post/325 ... rtain-call
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:06 pm

From LePoint.fr -

http://www.lepoint.fr/culture/ferveur-r ... 1518_3.php
Religious fervor to Leonard Cohen at Olympia

- Published 29/09/2012 at 08:45

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In black suits and Borsalino, Leonard Cohen is elegance personified,
who takes care to highlight its employees and listens respectfully their solos.


Leonard Cohen was greeted by the audience with a quasi-religious fervor on Friday for the first of three concerts that the Canadian crooner gives the Olympia until Sunday.

At just 78 years, the poet gave a concert for more than three hours, interrupted by an intermission, before an audience of faithful who had paid between 100 and 167 euros to listen.

"Thanks for this home so warm and generous. We are happy to play in the legendary room. I do not know if we'll see, but I promise you that tonight we will give everything we have," did he promised early evening in perfect French.

Surrounded by five musicians and singers to faithful (Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters), the Canadian scene transforms into a comfortable living room, surrounded by large white curtains and covered with large rugs.

In black suits and Borsalino, Leonard Cohen is elegance personified, who takes care to highlight its employees and listens respectfully their solos.

He kneels to interpret his most intimate songs ("Dance me to the end of love", "Bird on the wire" ...), beats the foot when it is crooner, playing guitar, keyboards or Jew's harp.

The voice is still serious, but now somewhat veiled when he sings "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy".

The arrangements are often melancholic for very long versions of these hits, which dilute the intensity.

This felted highlights the strength of songs from his latest album "Old Ideas", published in January. Worn by jazz and blues tones, they are concentrated in the first part of the concert.

In the sitting room, the atmosphere is almost religious.

The audience applauded wildly between each song and even offers several standing-ovation to the poet. But when he starts to sing, the silence.

The concert suffers from this silent fervor until the second part, where Leonard Cohen force traces of humor and grace of "I'm Your Man" and "Hallelujah" finally manages to lead his audience in a final waltz.
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:12 pm

Day Two -

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Keep Calm Paris Part Deux
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:30 pm

I was in Notre Dame cathedral this afternoon. I was admiring the statue of Sainte Jeanne D'Arc and thinking "if only ....."

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby SeventhSon » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:51 pm

Mabeanie1 wrote:I was in Notre Dame cathedral this afternoon. I was admiring the statue of Sainte Jeanne D'Arc and thinking "if only ....."

Wendy
Same here. I was walking past the golden Jeanne d'Arc statue near the Louvre and started singing the song in my head. It would be THE place to play it on this tour. ;-)

Can't wait for tonight. I've got a feeling that this will be my best Cohen concert, the atmosphere in this old music hall must be fantastic. I've been there yesterday to watch the big red signs before the venue, and it already felt so special. :)

Great concert everyone!
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby bridger15 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:59 pm

Paris concert 1 - Sept 28 setlist
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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

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Re: CONCERT REPORTS: Paris September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Postby Prospera » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:30 am

olive31 wrote:What a magical night Paris yesterday!!!! :D :D :D :D
Here's a clip of The Partisan!
How amazing that song is and the people chearing when he sang "mais j'ai tant des amis".
In the concert reports(this site) Amsterdam, august 21th, is the partisan recorded , very beautifull lights!
I had the 4th row in front, so that was pretty amazing!
Bless, Prospera.

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