CONCERT REPORTS: Dublin (June 13, 14, and 15)

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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by MFL » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:19 am

confetti wrote:
fisherinbelfast wrote:thinking of starting a petition to bring leonard to belfast , we could get gerry adams on board i,m sure. sign here.......... 1 ..........fisherinbelfast
2..........confetti
you have to get the chuckle brothers if you get gerry :D :D
3 .......... Marcie.

Pat D. was sitting beside Gerry we should be able to get him signed up also. :D
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by prentice » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:22 am

Wouldnt it be something, to have as gentle and yet commanding voice and manner as that man has.
Its always great to meet new friends, and thats what i did on friday night, i went to a concert with my girlfriend, and came home with a stunned girlfriend (she is a LC novice) and a new friend. A close friend, a friend who cares. Leonard keep it going. but you will even when lifes march has moved on past.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by confetti » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:23 am

was Gerry there? which night, and excuse my ignorance but who is Pat D?
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by prentice » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:28 am

jorcx wrote:(A fan from Barcelona, travelling to see his favourite poet and singer)

Dear Cohenite friends, here is my chronicle of the long-awaited Friday the 13th in Dublin:

Wake up in the capital of Ireland with the first results of the day before vote which re-affirm the rebel character of the Irish with their NO to the European Treaty... Before the concert, we have a long and intense touristic day before us so in order to gather the required energy we have an acceptable and abundant early meal at our Bed & Breakfast. Once we get going, the first goal is a trip on the railway along the coast to Sandycove where the famous book “Ulysses” by James Joyce also commences and, three days to go before the festivity of Bloomsday, it is a good symbolic point to start. Myself, I was particularly interested in visiting what my guide said to be a nudist small beach (The Forty Foot Pool) and I even had considered skinny-dipping there in order to relax my nervous and euphoric state but the sky was menacing rain and the sea was rocky and getting brave so I resigned this idea... The place was certainly nice and indeed there was a group of old people in the water, but though I do not doubt that is s nudist spot in the good summer days, they were all equipped with their swimming suits and bathing caps. We go back to Dublin downtown and continue our visit to more or less all the typical places and have lunch at a famous and crowded Fish & Chips near the cathedral. Then, I wanted to go to The Brazen Head Pub which was supposed to be the central gathering point of Leonard Cohen fans from all over but at that hour in the afternoon I could not see much activity. Nonetheless, I could drink a fine and authentic Irish Coffee and my first Guinness so as to begin cheering myself up. Afterwards, it was obliged to visit the Guinness Storehouse where the beer itself is made, but sincerily what I was mostly interested in those moments besides the very interesting process of brewery was the house-made drink included in the price of the ticket and the panoramic vista from the seventh floor. Also, in a lower floor, there is a quality testing lab for professionals and also for visitors so on my way up and down, two more glasses of beer I drunk... It was four o’clock and the gates of the venue would open very shortly, so I could not keep from getting more excited and impatient. We took a taxi to the hotel, a quick shower and an attempt at a nap (the famous “siesta” in Spanish) until quarter past five, just when I receive a SMS message from my friends Antonio and Chema: “We have seen Leonard Cohen at the soundcheck!”. I was already late, so we hurried up and meet them all at the entrance. At last I was where I had to be!

The gardens of the Kilmainham Hospital are very nice but certainly bigger than I had suspected. We already knew it was an open-air event but somehow I imagined a kind of smaller courtyard. Not the case, since that was an enormous space surrounded by fences and several bars, parades and pic-nic wooden tables. Our first obsession was the merchandising stand where we bought some of the T-Shirts. I was wearing mine from the previous tour fifteen years ago so it was a good time for it to be replaced. Then let us go for beers, what else, and even a bottle of champagne which we shared all of us, the six of the Catalan brigade. I knew of the English tradition of queuing but it seems it is also rooted here in Ireland or maybe the organizers did not foresee such a demand, but the fact is the queues to buy anything were exasperating. My friend Antonio himself, along with half of the audience, remained in the queue for Chinese food during the whole of Damien Rice performance, the support act. This talented and successful singer-songwriter is one of the young white wonders of the Irish scene but surely that was not his best musical evening. In fact, he was just arrived from a trip to Barcelona (where he attended a Radiohead concert) and the beautiful town of Cadaqués (seeking inspiration for his next album), so maybe this and the vertigo of playing in front of his al-time idol and also the over-dimension of the venue for his solo-acoustic renditions made him a little bit uncertain. He sang four or five of his well-known hits and there was a moment when he began strumming his guitar and confessed “I don’t know what I’m doing, any requests?”, and then finally finished off quickly given the tight schedule (“I only have two minutes left so it will have to be half a song this one...”). Anyhow, he was playing home and the audience rewarded him with big applauses and both my friend Eva and the Irish girl on my other side were fans in tears, and it would be a dream for me to be on that very stage. It was almost eight o’clock and still full daylight. It seemed kind of strange for me to see Cohen live in concert without darkness and spotlights, and when he stepped in I very unceremoniously found myself still buying my dinner of Chinese rice with curry. But in a matter of seconds, when I could clearly see the Man in the big screen and his 73 years hidden underneath the suit and fedora, I could not refrain my first cheers of emotion. The time had come and Leonard himself had no time to lose so, after the trademark smiles and bows, he got on his duty: “What a beautiful sky! Ok, friends, let’s get started...”. And that’s how it went:


1st. Part:
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Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Ain’t No Cure For Love
Bird On The Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Anthem

2nd. Part:
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Tower Of Song
Suzanne
The Gypsy’s Wife
Boogie Street
Hallelujah
Democracy
I’m Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (Poem)
Take This Waltz

Encores:
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Waiting For The Miracle
First We Take Manhattan
That Don’t Make It Junk
If It Be Your Will
Closing Time
I Tried To Leave You
Whither Thou Goest


The sound was quite good, even though given the size of the venue I would have preferred more volume so as to concentrate myself on the music and hear less of the background noises. In the mix, Leonard’s deep voice was above anything else and that’s what everybody came to listen to, so I guess the low frequency instruments (bass and drums) were not that present and there prevailed the higher pitch ones (female chorus, Hammond organ and the brilliant guitarrettes of Javier Mas). The female vocalists, including the sublime and angelical Webb Sisters (what a precious rendition of “If It Be Your Will”!), were a perfect response to the lead man but I must affirm that Cohen was in top form, tuning and vocalising each verse with absolute clarity and mastery. It was especially emotional the recitation of the poem “A Thousand Kisses Deep” when the silence was religiously kept by everyone and the sunset and the moon beyond some thin clouds made it for a magical minute leaving everything else behind. The set-list, as you see, held no surprises in comparison to the previous gigs of this tour (for a moment, when he grabbed the guitar before playing “Suzanne” he made some flamenco-style finger-picking that brought to mind “Avalanche”, what a pity) but the set is surely solid and was received with progressive enthusiasm. The uncountable beers also were beginning to take its toll and the proof was that during the brief intermission the general rush to the toilets was epic, and this time many people (gentlemen and ladies too) decided to skip the queues and proceed with their evacuations facing or backs to the limiting fences and trees. Towards the end, it was getting dark at last and a little bit cold but the alcohol level and all the people definitively on their feet and dancing made it up for it. In some songs like “Hallelujah” (a very memorable version sung-along by the ten thousand souls), “I’m Your Man” or “Take This Waltz” people were indeed holding their hands and couples dancing cheek-to-cheek along the corridors between the seats... It’s getting hard for me to extend my review without repeating and repeating the same adjectives because my opinion is totally on the fan-side. So my critic is severely good although I would prefer a more intimate venue for next time and I would ask him please to continue singing “So Long Marianne” (and maybe add some of the songs everybody knows...).

As we left, we did not have the luck to meet Leonard Cohen the man nor any of the musicians in person. But my friend Eva was very happy as we bumped into his admired Damien Rice and we exchanged a few words and he even hug her in a very friendly and generous manner (which could even indicate some hang-over). All in all, as Cohen said “It’s been a privilege to play in this city of great poets and singers” (and I would add “and drinkers...”). We finished the night of that unforgettable day in a nearby pub with some last pints of Guinness and some other glasses of Jameson too, that’s the way it was meant to be. Cheers friends! See you soon, Lenny!!
great review. Glad you enjoyed the city and werent too pissed off with us bunch of anarchist drunks :). great night though, and all the more special in a way, for those of us who believe in the words and works of geniuses. genius of mind, soul and music. Hope doesnt dance in the moon light.. hope IS the moonlight
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by dolphinswim80 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:37 am

Red Poppy
I think you missed the point i was making.I wasnt agreeing with Northside Lenny quite the contrary....

'As nothside lenny points out everyone is entitled to behave the way they choose at a concert, members of this forum are also free to express their views and opinions, not as 'incontravertable facts ' but merely opinions.Yes I knew it was an outdoor concert and as far as outdoor concerts go it was a very good one all I was suggesting was that Cohens music is more suited (in my opinion) to an indoor venue.I would disagree with northside lenny that people have paid their money and can behave in any manner they choose,why should their behaviour spoil the concert for someone else??.'

I was there again on Sunday..and i was ten rows from the front so was spared those who choose to behave in any way the want to at a gig
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by MFL » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:48 am

confetti wrote:was Gerry there? which night, and excuse my ignorance but who is Pat D?
He was there on Friday night,with Pat Doherty.
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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams celebrates after the 'No' vote at the Leonard Cohen concert in Dublin last night.
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by confetti » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:54 am

aah Leonard drew some amount of famous faces didn't he?
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by tiggs » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:02 am

MFL wrote:
confetti wrote:
fisherinbelfast wrote:thinking of starting a petition to bring leonard to belfast , we could get gerry adams on board i,m sure. sign here.......... 1 ..........fisherinbelfast
2..........confetti
you have to get the chuckle brothers if you get gerry :D :D
3 .......... Marcie.

Pat D. was sitting beside Gerry we should be able to get him signed up also. :D
4 .......... tiggs

Be even better in N Ireland's capital... bars are open later in derry :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by cpl593h » Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:39 am

Mikeaus wrote:Oh for a bad seat.
Oh for noisy people.
Oh for drunks.
Oh for rain.
Oh to be at a Leonard Cohen concert.

From Mike in Australia

well said, Mikeaus.

in my view, the audience helped make sunday a more magical experience: it rained, but no-one cared. umbrellas did not spoil the view. new friendships were forged and we were gripped from the first note to the last.

and, you know what? the sight of couples of all ages, sizes, etc waltzing away in the aisles during Take this Waltz was beautiful.

what a gig! manchester tonight - will be different (much smaller, indoors, with different friends) and i cannot wait
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by confetti » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:02 pm

you lucky thing cpl593h wish i was going again tonight.
have a great time - again :lol:
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by confetti » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:04 pm

tiggs wrote: 4 .......... tiggs

Be even better in N Ireland's capital... bars are open later in derry :lol: :lol: :lol:
now don't be silly tiggs :lol: :lol:
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by Gregor » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:58 pm

Leonard Thank you for the most memorable night of my life ,waited 15 years for this and let me tell you it was worth the wait may I see you again well yes I am heading for Edinburgh on 16th July and may follow you futher be cause you are worth it and more
Thanks again
Leonard we love you
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by Gregor » Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:20 pm

harriett wrote:I was at the Saturday evening concert! Took me a few minutes to get over the disappointment of my seat, (I was in block A3 EEE), 2nd row from the back, which had me perplexed as i'd been online and had my tickets purchased at 9.02am on the day they went on sale) but once Leonard came on stage, I forgot about what I thought was a crappy seat and was lost in his charm and his voice. What a truly magical experience, my first time to see Leonard live and although I had reservations about the outdoor gig, he was truly AMAZING!!!

Yes, there were unfortunately obnoxious people there, one particular woman, arrived late, drunk, complained of the poor seat she had (behind me, unfortunately for me) and another guy, roaring at the top of his voice on his mobile, but all in all, a wonderful night, an unforgetful experience, his charisma, his charm, his voice ..... I could go on forever!

A lady I passed, had a little baby in a sling, he was 8 months old. I stopped her and said jokingly "definitely the youngest fan here tonight" to which she replied, "nope, I met another mum with a 5 month old baby just a few minutes ago" :D Just goes to show, Leonard is loved by all, young and old eh?

Thank you Leonard, for giving me the chance to fulfil a lifelong ambition and hear your sweet voice live, I'm forever grateful to you.

Harriett, Clare
Harriett I was sitting at A8 and there were two preganant Laadies in my line of vision --but all you say is so so so true Like yourself the concert was well worth the wait
Thanks Leonard
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by annmarie » Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:13 pm

We laughed and cried, and cried and laughed our way through So Long Marianne on Sunday night. What a magical, fantastic night! Best concert I've ever been to. Been a Cohen fan for 40 years!!! Last saw him in Dublin 22 years ago, and he just gets better.
Reading earlier posts, I realise how lucky we were to be in the tiered seats. A huge thank you to the fans in Block B who treated the night with the reverence it deserved. Young and old were so well behaved and we saw no drunken behaviour or disturbance of any kind, everyone around us was as spellbound as us.
We were particularly lucky, it seems he didn't sing So Long Marianne on the Fri or Sat. Love every one of his songs, but this one is special!! Our treasured daughter is named after that song!
Sharon Robinson and the Webb sisters were indeed "sublime"!! The band was amazing, and the sound was really fantastic.
A magical night which I will never forget.
Thank you Leonard Cohen for the privilege of being one of your biggest fans!
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Re: Dublin (June 13-15)

Post by jally » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:08 pm

a truely wonderful evening on sunday. cant believe how fast the hours went by yet it all felt very wholesome and enriching. i was glad everyone stood up by the encores and people came to fill up the aisles...and the many swoons as each song started. A Thousand Kisses Deep was indeed sublime.
i had an excellent seat at the end of A6 (beside A5) which made me feel quite priviledged.
a night worth every cent.

roll on glastonbury!
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