Just found this from one of our weekly entertainment papers in Columbus, 'The Other Paper'. Sorry, don't know how to copy the whole article correctly. The image is a photo of LC with a slide show which I couldn't manage to get it to work.
MAJOR MINOR: Did the year's best concert attain perfection?
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He’s a Zen monk in real life: Leonard Cohen at the Palace
By John Petric
Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 5:00 PM EST
Well, what can you say except that it was one of the greatest concerts I have ever experienced, let alone the best of the year: Leonard Cohen at the Palace Theatre this past October.
First, the sound quality. Amazing. Every syllable, every lyrical nuance, everything was nearly as perfect as could be. Or maybe, just maybe, the show really was perfect. This Cohen fellow, he’s in real life some sort of registered, karma-toting, certified Zen monk, so perhaps we saw actual perfection—something that, say, the Eagles could never hope to achieve.
As a cosmic Jew, Cohen has more soul and charisma than any 10 Tin Pan Alley-types and more than quadruple what that other cosmic Jew, Bob Dylan, showed us at the LC Pavilion just last month. (Come to think of it, was it a cosmic Jewish coincidence that my other favorite rock ‘n’ rolling Hebrew man, Eugene Hutz, was in town with his Gogol Bordello the very same night as Cohen?)
And what about Dylan’s show? Did it also rank as one of the year’s best? Yes. Why? Because the old croaker gave it everything he had—or so it seemed—and it seemed pretty darn good, given that the esoterically rearranged classics defied and rewarded the imagination so satisfyingly. So ol’ Bobby and the Zimmermans clock in at a distant, very distant, second place after Cohen.
But the real question is—if ya gotta compare these sorts of things, and let’s face it, we all do—which show was heavier: this year’s Cohen concert or last year’s Tom Waits show at the Ohio? Hmmm, indeed.
To me, it’s an unavoidable comparison because Tom’s show last year was one of my favorite shows this year. Just couldn’t get it out of my mind. One minor difference: Man, but Tom sure did sweat! And Leonard was totally cool in comparison but perhaps even more dramatic.
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