CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby mnkyface » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:25 am

Roscoe Beck flat on the deck with what appears to be a nasty bit of stomach flu. The band is going to have to scramble to keep the encores coming.
So did the encores happen without Roscoe?? Looking forward to reports.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:40 am

Thanks Henry/Wirebird!
Wirebird wrote:New Orleans, Mahalia Jackson Theatre, March 28th, 2013

First set:
1. Dance me to the end of love
2. The future
3. Bird on a wire
4. Everybody knows
5. Who by fire
6. The darkness
7. Ain't no cure for love
8. Amen
9. Come healing
10. Democracy
11. A thousand kisses deep (recitation)
12. Anthem

Second set:
13. Tower of song
14. Suzanne
15. Waiting for the miracle
16. Show me the place
17. Anyhow
18. Lover, lover, lover
19. Alexandra leaving
20. I'm your man
21. Hallelujah
22. Take this waltz

Encores:
23. So long, Marianne
24. Going home
25. If it be your will
26. Save the last dance for me
27. Closing time
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:57 am

The Times-Picaynne -
http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/201 ... a_sta.html
Spirituality, Sex, Wit and a Staggering Legacy: Leonard Cohen at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

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(Gallery by Erika Goldring)

Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on March 29, 2013 at 2:34 AM, updated March 29, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Leonard Cohen’s first-ever New Orleans concert Thursday night was, I think most would agree, transcendent; over the course of nearly three hours and a satisfying number of familiar songs, he and his band hit the mark of reverence, humor, ribaldry and general intimacy with the nearly sold-out theater even while battling a well-publicized group flu.

Did it add extra impact that the show took place between Passover and Easter weekend? Yes, probably; the content of the show resonated with a passionate crowd already well versed in the intense spirituality of Mr. Cohen’s work.

Those with more out-and-about time in them joined singer Emily Roberston after the fact for a tribute concert at the Saturn Bar that included local underground singer-songwriters Jayson Knox, Micah McKee and others that honored Cohen well into the first hours of Friday morning.

Did you attend the show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, the tribute show at Saturn Bar, or like me, both? Please share your thoughts while I collect my own for a longer commentary.
Also - from the same paper - a slideshow of 8 pictures -
http://photos.nola.com/4500/gallery/leo ... index.html
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Gallery: Leonard Cohen at Mahalia Jackson Theater (8 photos)
Description: Leonard Cohen plays his first New Orleans concert Thursday, March 28, at Mahalia
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby oblivion » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:05 pm

they did´nt play "first we take manhattan"???
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:10 pm

mnkyface wrote:
Roscoe Beck flat on the deck with what appears to be a nasty bit of stomach flu. The band is going to have to scramble to keep the encores coming.
So did the encores happen without Roscoe?? Looking forward to reports.
oblivion wrote:they did´nt play "first we take manhattan"???
I'm guessing that no "Manhattan" would be related to Roscoe being ill.-
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby oblivion » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:28 pm

oh, yes, it needs the bass...but we still don´t know if he was missing...
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby joyezekiel » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:37 pm

Set list:

Dance me
Future
Bird on a wire
Everybody knows
Who by fire
Darkness
Ain't no cure
Amen
Come healing
Democracy
Thousand kisses deep
Anthem

Tower of song
Suzanne
Waiting for the miracle
Show me the place
Anyhow
Lover lover lover
Alexandra leaving
I'm your man
Hallelujah
Take this waltz

So long marianne
If it be your will
Save the last dance
Going home
Closing time
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby MaryB » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:47 pm

From Joey's 'Notes From the Road'

Better Out Than In

Well, that’s my stance and i’m sticking near it. Roscoe is looking better, fluids dripping and then back to hotel. Pretty bog standard food poisoning it seems. Hey, it happens.

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby Mabeanie1 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:12 pm

No Banjo for New Orleans then. Doesn't look as if Leonard is of a mind to change anything at the moment .....

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:32 am

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Review: Cohen Gives a Church-Service-Like Show

By John Wirt
Music critic
March 29, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Much of Leonard Cohen’s Thursday night concert at the Mahalia Jackson Theater had the reverent tone of a religious service. The reverence wasn’t directed toward a deity, however, but to music and to exquisitely shaped words expressed in song and to the unfathomable mysteries that accompany the human heart.

The gracious Cohen served as the evening’s minster of music. Wearing an elegantly simple dark suit and fedora, the 78-year-old singer-songwriter-poet often sank to his knees. Holding his microphone in his two hands, he looked like a man engaged in fervent prayer.

During “Ain’t No Cure for Love,” Cohen turned to his celestial trio of backup singers — Charley and Hattie Webb, aka the Webb Sisters, and his longtime collaborator, Sharon Robinson — and said, “Tell them, angels.”

Cohen’s songs, often but not always performed at stately, brooding tempos, do resemble prayers. “Bird on a Wire,” one his classics, certainly has the gravitas of prayer, and Thursday’s performance of the song had the tone of a hymn. But Cohen being Cohen, the performance of “Amen,” a song from his 2012 album, “Old Ideas,” existed somewhere between a house of worship and a cabaret.

Cohen’s minimalist singing style is closer to speaking, or praying, than singing. Adding more weight to his lyrics and music, the years have deepened his voice from a soft baritone to a rumbling bass.

A sincere Cohen expressed his gratitude to his enraptured audience multiple times through his marathon concert.

“Thank you, friends, very much for your kindness,” he said early in a concert that began at 8:20 p.m. and ended shortly before 11 p.m. “I don’t know when we will meet again. No one ever knows that. But tonight I promise you, we will give you everything we’ve got.”

He kept the promise. Cohen and his amazing band, as well as Robinson and the Webb sisters, delivered exquisite performances of Cohen classics as well as songs from the recent “Old Ideas.”

Cohen’s supporting players, including violinist Alexandru Bublichi and Javier Mas (a multi-instrumentalist who plays an arsenal of exotic stringed instruments), were perfectly attuned to his distinctive muse. The troupe’s synchronicity with its leader, no doubt, helped Cohen cast the evening’s hypnotic spell.

Frequently directing the audience’s attention away from himself, Cohen turned to his respective singers and musicians as they soloed, removing his hat and placing it over his heart. For a man of 78, too, he was quite spry, practically running on stage during his entrances and frequently dancing, albeit with economical movements.

Even though the concert’s first half was light on Cohen classics, it still was transporting. So, too, the second half.

Cohen stood in an ethereal spotlight as he sang another of his best-known song, the haunting “Suzanne.” The song also was a rare instance of him accompanying himself with guitar.

The second half also saw him performing the best-known song in his catalog, “Hallelujah.” During the song’s chorus, lights turned upon the audience, as if Cohen was engaging his congregation in a mass embrace. “Hallelujah” received an especially moving performance within this extraordinarily engaging concert.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby Goldin » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:44 am

oblivion wrote:they did´nt play "first we take manhattan"???
For the first time since the song was written, according to the known setlists!!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby Wirebird » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:24 pm

Some videos from the concert in Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans:

Everybody Knows
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VowuPKPoJ8

Ain`t No Cure For Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o11G2OHTLtw

Come Healing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGoCYaLFxSM

Tower Of Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=399aauVjXV4

Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzNn1xgVkS8

If It Be Your Will (The Webb Sisters)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZEG_5vDSoY

Save The Last Dance For Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ge205kNXzI

Closing Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiGUXIGLjkw
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby Wimmer » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:46 pm

Thank you Henry for all fantastic videos.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby Jupiter » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:26 pm

Thank you so much, wirebird, for posting the links to these wonderful videos - I`m looking much foreward to June, Leonard being in Germany; until than, I often will have a look at them!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: New Orleans, LA - March 28, 2013

Postby dari » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:25 am

Wirebird wrote:Some videos from the concert in Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans:
Wirebird,

Your video of Everybody Knows has had the sound muted by YouTube. :(
I went to look at it the other night and it was blocked totally. Then I went back later and found the video without the sound.

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