CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:58 pm

Video uploaded by centaveidad - Thanks!

The video is not close up - but the audio is good.

Dance Me To The End Of Love (includes footage at beginning as band arrives onstage and then audience as Leonard takes the stage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odQiXWCw9ik

First We Take Manhattan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMfmhG5G2bk

Chelsea Hotel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnIxcIRTOZ0

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Famous Blue Raincoat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnaktecOFN8

And another video of “Famous Blue Raincoat”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SZwznKiKP0
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby fusional » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:05 pm


Great videos. So happy to hear him play Show Me the Place which is my favourite from Old Ideas and which he chose not to play in Gent. An incredibly moving rendition of the song, all part of a beautiful concert.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby dari » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:36 am

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I created a slide show of some of the photos I took at MSG and added that to the WorldStreams website.
There is a link to the slide show on this page: http://worldstreams.org/leonard-cohen-2012.html

Kind Regards,
Dari
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby dari » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:34 am

I also created a Pinterest board of a few of my photos and over 450 link to videos, reviews and photos of the Old Ideas tour around the world.
http://pinterest.com/worldstreams/leona ... tour-2012/
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:54 am

Thanks Dari !
And you have a LOT of very interesting things pinned to that board. :D
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby dari » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:24 am

sturgess66 wrote: And you have a LOT of very interesting things pinned to that board. :D
With a little help from the forum... :-)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sharon.e » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:56 pm

I planned to write a report and post some vid links as soon as I was back home, but some family affairs forced me to put everything aside till now.
Well, better late than never, so here goes:

Some tend to call New York City an Israeli colony, well, whether one agrees with that or not, it proved right walking into MSG and hearing Hebrew all around.
Approaching my row, I couldn't believe my eyes, a good friend from Israel I didn't see in a while was standing next to it.
He looked at me with a puzzled expression "Sharon, what are you doing here?!?", "I missed you so much I followed you here, also, heard Leonard Cohen might stop by for a visit" I answered ;-)
He last saw LC in the 1980's, my friends were all first timers - a sight to indulge on, with awe spreading on their faces as the setlist unveils.

After Paris, I'm a huge admirer of smaller theaters, but there's something about being 'on the other side of intimacy' that electrifies the air, charged with so many anticipating people. And The Garden gave LC quite the electrifying reception, loud and warm, with multiple standing ovations woven in to it, feeling like outbursts of such good energy.

As the concert started, my friend took his shining new iPhone 5 out of the pocket to put it on silent.
You know me and iPhones, I couldn't help myself, grabbed it from his hands and showed him it can be of very good use in the concert.. :-D
LC and band were in great spirits, clearly having a good time -- when he pulled off some keyboard shenanigans during Tower of Song, I kicked myself for not putting the iPhone to good use that particular moment.(hint: Brooklyn..)
Quite the memorabilia on his phone, hope you enjoy it too.

Good luck to everyone on the NA Spring Leg presales tomorrow - mostly small theaters - you're all so very lucky.
Greetings from untypically stormy Israel, hard to believe, but all high places from north to south are covered in snow.
--Sharon

Ain’t No Cure For Love: http://youtu.be/M7bUiiMYV9M
Anthem: http://youtu.be/h-zxnnOPaO8
Chelsea Hotel No' 2: http://youtu.be/YNu_VTJ3HNM
Show Me The Place: http://youtu.be/i-G1aC3h9-0
Lover Lover Lover: http://youtu.be/iKeOTT7ATec
Democracy: http://youtu.be/8bbsVb-CCrE
Hallelujah: http://youtu.be/ZI_ZBfFy33I
Manhattan: http://youtu.be/VZvzCopmIPo
2009 Tel Aviv; San Jose
2010 Sligo [x2] ; Las Vegas [x2]
2012 Berlin; Paris; New York, Brooklyn
2013 London (Sept); Amsterdam
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:00 pm

Review by Glyn Emmerson, January 11, 2013, in The Aquarian -
http://www.theaquarian.com/2013/01/11/l ... re-garden/
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Leonard Cohen @ Madison Square Garden

Leonard Cohen
Madison Square Garden
December 18, 2012


MANHATTAN, NY—Leonard Cohen held the crowd in the palm of his hand during a performance that was a mind-bending trip into the Twilight Zone as his songs transcended folk, rock, jazzy bop, gypsy and world beats into one. Standing straight and tall while kneeling every so often, he belted out his plaintive songs and earthy tones as his exquisitely minimalist band filled in the blanks to the gods. Words of wisdom and rhyme, stark and bare, they painted bleak images with rays of hope sprinkled in between the lines.

Dressed in a black suit and wearing a hat most of the night, he cupped the mic like a prayer and sang with his eyes closed as the band’s acoustified playing wove its delicate web around the singer-songwriter’s heavy words. Taking on the contemplative divinity of Van Morrison, the skid row celebrations of Tom Waits and the brooding dark side of Roger Waters, Cohen was ethereal in that he dealt out like a sermon to the misfits, loners, fragile at heart and the hopelessly romantic out there.

For three hours, the crowd sat rapt with eyes and ears transfixed to the stage as Cohen meandered around his players’ perfect arrangements that breathed life into some dusty relics from another era as well as some new gems. Guitar extraordinaire Javier Mas plucked, picked and accentuated the band’s rhythms on command that took on bossa, Latin, tropical rhythms and even rocked out towards the night’s ending. Keyboardist Neil Larsen added a delicate web of notes that cascaded, then fell behind and snaked through the arrangements, adding a bluesy ooze to the mix that mirrored the melancholic sentiments of Cohen’s prose.

The Webb sisters and Cohen collaborator Sharon Robinson added background vocals that played off the male-female tensions and conflicts found in a lot of his work. They countered his baritone with assuring highs and mids, softening the blow of Cohen’s mighty lyrics where every word matters.

Starting with “Dance With Me To The End Of Love,” Cohen bowed to guitarist Javier then proceeded to take the crowd on a tiptoe through the tulips of time that combined the flamenco guitar of Mas, the plaintive gypsy violin of Alexandru Bublitchi and the moody flourishes of Neil Larsen’s Hammond organ into a gloriously tidy molt of sounds. He took on his catalog and added some new ones from his last one, Old Ideas, that flowed along with the oldies into a lengthy work that transcended a greatest hits review.

“Suzanne,” “I’m Your Man” and “Hallelujah” were joined alongside new tunes like “Amen” and “A Thousand Kisses Deep.” He poked fun at himself before “Ain’t No Cure For Love,” adding, “I look in the mirror and I say, ‘Lighten up, Leonard!’” Another new track, “Going Home” refers autobiographically to the man himself as a “lazy bastard living in a suit.” For the rest of the night, Cohen worked the stage like a 78-year-old shaman in dapper duds as he genuflected to the crowd and thanked his fellow musicians, lighting crew and soundmen on numerous occasions, who all combined to make the night so spectacular.

By the time the last one ended close to midnight, it was “Closing Time.”

—by Glyn Emmerson, January 11, 2013
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:31 pm

An interesting video from this show -- uploaded by "albgardis" - Thanks!

Lover, Lover, Lover
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8dgugJyH9I
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Fri May 10, 2013 6:56 pm

Very good video uploaded by Michl Mayr - Thanks!

If It Be Your Will
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dsmiFSOKIc
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:27 pm

A partial - a "Hallelujah" at the Garden - uploaded by ultraviolet221 -

Hallelujah
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDxT-KZ55yU
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New York City, NY - December 18, 2012

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:41 pm

Video uploaded by daichiest -

Who By Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUIozeU39ss

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