CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

The last leg of the Old Ideas tour in November and December 2013
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CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:57 pm

I will just kick the reporting off briefly here, hoping some others are able to follow-on and elaborate?

This concert was held in the Palais Theatre, a magnificent old art deco buiding dating from 1927:
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I have no photos or like to share of Leonard or the concert itself and it is quite unlikely anyone will have, as this venue's staff were strictly policing a "no photographic or other recording" policy! :roll: Anyway, believe me, Leonard's concert was as magnificent as the building (which is only 7 years older than our man). ;-) The 27 songs performed (as posted in set list section) were executed by him and the whole band with the verve, class and highly honed skill levels we are all accustomed to by now, so I won't do an analysis in this respect. ;-)

In terms of his usual early concert humorous "rapport establishing" comments, this time he acknowledged not only the endangering of the family budget (for the front rows), but also warned those of us up in the "high places" (dress circle heights) not to "lean enthusiastically"! :lol:

However, although the 'Tower of Song' spiel was a slightly more interesting variation on the ones I had seen before, what was truly unique about this concert were two sets of comments by Leonard in particular: firstly, he flattered us as a nation by saying Australia seemed to be in the "centre of things" these days (though I'm not quite sure how he figured that out) ;-) and how we were an "exemplary country"; secondly, he shared with us a bit later that he'd had a medical emergency after arriving here, which our medicos needed to deal with urgently, praising them accordingly for their friendliness, competence etc. and indicating that some were in the audience tonight! 8)

So, another unforgettable night was had by all :D ... and it was hard to leave the place, really. :neutral:

Cheers,
Andrew :)
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The sadness of the seasons
The madness of the moons'
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:26 pm

Andrew (Darby) wrote:Palais Theatre, Melbourne, December 9th

Set 1
01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 The Future
03 Bird On The Wire
04 Everybody Knows
05 Who By Fire
06 Darkness
07 Amen
08 Come Healing
09 Lover Lover Lover
10 Anthem

Set 2
11 Tower Of Song
12 Suzanne
13 Chelsea Hotel
14 The Partisan
15 Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
16 I’m Your Man
17 A Thousand Kisses Deep (recitation)
18 Hallelujah
19 Take This Waltz

Encore 1
20 So Long Marianne
21 Going Home
22 First We Take Manhattan

Encore 2
23 Famous Blue Raincoat
24 If It Be Your Will (the Webb sisters)
25 Closing Time

Encore 3
26 I Tried To Leave You
27 Save The Last Dance For Me
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:35 pm

TWITTER -
@marinasgo - Leonard Cohen at The Palais pic.twitter.com/zkDQWFC3Fn Image
@primproperlady - About to spend the night with Leonard Cohen... pic.twitter.com/dudfpWOYhQ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BbB56N8CIAApla9.jpg
@PalaisTheatre - TONIGHT *LEONARD COHEN* Sold Out. 7:30 Doors-8 Act 1-9:20 Interval-9:40 Act 2-11:15 End* approx.
@snappyshoes - Crossing the river for Leonard Cohen
@stephencurley @ thousand candles Leonard Cohen band eating @1000candles wagyu rump Gotta love that
@talkingdingo - Here we are at Leonard Cohen waiting for him to arrive. 5 minutes to go, we have just been told. http://instagram.com/p/hsfTqYC8fp/
@BishopAlice - Leonard Cohen with Lynnie ❤️ @ Palais Theatre http://instagram.com/p/hsot-RQ3uR/ Image
belbelmusic - Leonard Cohen you legend! ✌#leonardcohen #palais http://instagram.com/p/hspNdgjlge/
@KorenHarvey - Leonard Cohen, you do it to me every single time. Pure class.
@michelhogan - #LeonardCohen show last night at @Palaistheatre was fabulous from top to bottom.
@snappyshoes - Brilliant performance. Leonard Cohen just gets better every time
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Sandnsurf - Almost the final Australian tour date for #LeonardCohen at #StKilda #Melbourne

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Pasadenamansions – Elaine Haby - Daily drawing 85/365 the excitement builds #drawing #pencils #fineliners #moleskine #leonardcohen #frontiertouring #melbourne #palaistheatre #poets #backinggroups #singers #greatbands @gracialouise @marylgray

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Izzywild - ️ Leonard Cohen ️ #concert #leonardcohen #palais #stkilda #melbourne #bestever

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Joanna_papa - Leonard Cohen, Palais Theatre #leonardcohen

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C-KOL - Mr. #LeonardCohen. One of our biggest inspirations. #singer #poet #artist

Statigram - Short video clips –

Anthem - http://statigr.am/p/607042688501672207_297132297 (from Hugh Sheridan)

Link to Leif Bodnarchuk blog - Old Ideas Tour — Dec 9, Melbourne
http://leifb73.com/2013/12/09/old-ideas ... melbourne/

Posted by Palais Theatre on their Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/PalaisTheatre
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Palais Theatre
TONIGHT *LEONARD COHEN* Sold Out. 7:30pm - Venue Opens || 8:00pm - Act 1 || 9:20pm - Interval || 9:40pm -Act 2 || 11:15pm - The End* all times subject to change by the artist. No support, Leonard Cohen plays the entire show.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:41 am

Video uploaded by Selwyn Berg

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGXry6Ey2sU
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

Postby blonde madonna » Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:09 am

A medical emergency and pictures of 2 ambulances on Leif's blog (with only a political comment) :shock:
I hope everyone's ok.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

Postby sturgess66 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:48 pm

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: Melbourne, Australia, - December 9, 2013

Postby Johnv » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:33 am

While I have been a huge fan of Mr Cohen for many many years, this was my first concert by him and I'm afraid I was quite disappointed in the sound system. While the concert would have been excellent, not being able to hear the words was very very disappointing. The reason I am writing this is because I have been thinking about the concert and need to say something, sorry.
Still love your music.
Kind regards,
John van der Linden.

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