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LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:42 am
by jarkko
Leonard gave us the names of the musicians in his new tour band. Singer(s) to be announced later.
I will have more information about the band on The Files tonight.

Roscoe Beck - bass & vocal (Musical Director)
Neil Larsen - keyboard, accordion, brass instruments
Bob Metzger - guitar, steel guitar & vocal
Javier Mas - acous. guitar, oud & misc string instruments
Christine Wu - violin, viola, cello & keyboard
Rafael Gayol - drums & percussion
Dino Soldo - keyboard, saxophone, wind instruments &vocal

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:12 am
by Henning
Christina Wu ? Are you sure Jarkko ?

http://www.christinawu.net/

--- Her official site is at http://christine-wu.com/ :razz: / Jarkko

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:15 am
by Henning
or is it her:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZoZpUrk ... re=related

I watched her a couple of times now. She is fantastic. The tension is rising.

Image

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:02 pm
by oblivion
oh, it will be quite exciting to see christina wu in a wedding dress

performing dance me to the end of love

the violine player is gorgeous and should be the right one

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:32 pm
by jarkko
I made a quick presentation of the band members and posted it at
http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/band2008.html

will change the stuff when we get better photos and
better summaries of the musicians! -- ANy help in this
will be appreciated!

Looks like we have a very exciting combination of
fine musicians here!

Jarkko

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:42 pm
by Anne
This is an incredibly exciting thing to read. They all seem like great musicians. It should be an amazing tour.

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:50 pm
by lizzytysh
Looks like we have a very exciting combination of
fine musicians here!
An understatement of magnificent proportion!

I also love Leonard's selection of the world mixture of people.


~ Lizzy

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:23 pm
by dreamermusic
Hi to everybody!
It seems it´s going to be a good band. I was at the Spanish concert "Acoords amb Leonard Cohen" and I can say that Javier Mas is an excellent musician (not because he´s Spanish as me, but just because he is :D ). I´m sure we all will miss Mr. Furgo, Mr. Ostermayer and Mr. Bilezikjian among others but sure the new ones will do their best. We´ll wait to know the female singers. Who bets? Anjani and Julie Christensen? Anjani and Perla Batalla? Perla and Julie? or maybe two new women on stage?
Best regards,
Daniel

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:36 pm
by Justus
Or Perla Batalla

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:38 pm
by magdasto
WOW!!! I just can't believe the news: what a BAND! It's gonna be a FANTASTIC tour! I can't wait to hear them playing live with Leonard...

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:13 pm
by Paula
It feels like it might happen now. Great band

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:42 pm
by kaczor47
Fantastic band!

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:01 am
by bigdee
Looks like this has the makings to easily become his best touring band EVER! Glad to see Roscoe Beck back on bass, he was(is) the best bass player Cohen has worked with. I'm a bass player myself and Roscoe is one of my favorites, I even own a Roscoe Beck model Fender Bass. Of course we all know how good Bob is from the 88 and 93 tours.
All the new players look like they will certainly be able to put a new and improved sound to the songs in a live setting given the range of instruments involved. I always wished Cohen had toured with a cellist in the fold as many of his songs are well suited for a cello part in the arrangements. Now my wish will come true. I can't wait to hear the marriage of the cello with Roscoe's fretless bass lines. Especially on "The Faith" which I think is a shoe in to be put on the setlist given the choice of musicians. I also hope other songs from the "Recent Songs" sessions make the cut. "The Guests", "Gypsy Wife", and "Traitor Song" would be my other top picks to include from that album.
As for the yet to be announced singers, I would have almost bet Anjani would be one of them and have been the keyboard player but with Neil, Christine, and Dino all listed as keyboard players in their resume' I don't think she would have much to do. Given her solo work and also their "Blue Alert" album I think she will have her own band with her and will be the opening act for the tour. Of the others he has worked with I would like to see Jennifer Warnes, Perla, and Julie handle the backing vocals as a team. But I think we'll be seeing new singers this time around which he probably is still trying to find and why we don't know who they are yet. Who ever he picks I'm sure they will be the best choices for the sound he is going for. Can't wait for the debut of the band on March 10 at the R&R Hall induction. Come on March!!

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:19 am
by lizzytysh
I was wondering whether or not the band/portions of it would be part of his Hall of Fame performances. In one sense, it seems a given... in another, the practice time seems fairly limited... so, who knows. I'm thinking it may not be full-scale, just an abbreviated group... but will be thrilled to see it be otherwise.


~ Lizzy

Re: LEONARD'S TOUR BAND

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:15 am
by kokenpere
Definitely All-Stars

Thank you Leonard! Thank you Jarkko!

Incredible!!!!!!!!!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

michael