CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby surfergirl » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:02 am

Did they say they might be doing this in LA?
I was cautioned to surrender, this I could not do . . . .
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Cartwheels in San Diego

Postby MKB » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:22 am

Ah so I missed Whither Thou Goest! Agh.
Cartwheels in San Diego happened in a different place than I read they did in Austin.
LC did something I missed (that got a laugh), must have been a dance, after he sang "...and the white man dancin' " on The Future.
Then when they brought the verse back around he sang "...and the white girls dancin" and the singing sisters did this one-handed back-flip thing that got a reaction from the crowd kind of like "oh so it's gonna be like THAT!"
I think that was the beginning of things really starting to happen happen.
They definitely looked cute with their coats off.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby bakagaijinartist » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:05 am

My wife Sharon and I attended the concert and considered ourselves blessed to have had watched the master perform. Unlike other rock-and-roll hall of famers who prance around the stage as if we're still back in the 70's, it is clear that Leonard is comfortable in his old skin. He sang the old songs in his new voice (the voice of wisdom), which gave them new meaning. As a result, he showed all the old farts in the audience as well as the young whippersnappers that in this day of botox and short attention spans it is possible to grow old gracefully. We bought the program and one t-shirt to share. After we drove home I tried on the shirt and we had a good laugh as I told her it looked like Leonard had a pot belly or a big chest!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby BKoffman » Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:33 am

A triumph show. Drove down from OC. Well worth it. The intensity and the connection with the crowd reminded me of the unforgettable Janis Joplin concert I saw in Montreal. Another worker in song.

The fourth time I have seen LC including his last tour, and this was by far the best concert. He sounded great. He delivered the goods. The band was perfect. Lovely setting. Sat in the balcony. Great sight lines and acoustics, and the binoculars helped.

If you are interested in my 2 tickets for April 17 at Coachella where LC appears with Paul McCartney and many others, please email me at Should also be a wonderful, if very different show. I can't make it, and will sell them at below my cost. You won't regret it.

Any way, if you have any tickets for any of the upcoming show, you are in for a treat.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby MKB » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:14 am

Am at LA show LC just finished Waiting For A Miracle as song 9 first diversion from SD list
Met with Lonnie again he is Production Manager for AEG (touring company) not Tour Manager as I erroneously presumed.
As he put it so eloquently (after I gently asked after tickets for tomorrow) he handles "from the barricades out" i.e. the house.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby Heartdog » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:17 am

I am one lucky and blessed gal, and feeling so enormously grateful to have gotten a chance to see the best show ever! I had posted my woes on obtaining tickets here, where it's never a picnic dealing with that big ticket monopoly, but especially difficult for people with disabilities. I could not get anything. But a bit of serendipity happened, and someone passed on my dilemma to Leonard's management, and in a very gracious act, two seats were bestowed upon me.

I didn't know how good until I got there. I was happy to just be there, but imagine my shock to learn that they were third row pit seats! My mother got to accompany me, and she's not that familiar with Leonard's music, so that was really cool taking her. She's certainly a fan, now. And that's her generation, so she did recognize some of the songs. Wow, what an amazing show!! I can't believe he did three whole hours! His voice is in great form, the band was awesome, the lighting gorgeous. Truly an experience I'll treasure for the rest of my life.

I have a blog post about it at I debated taking my Service dog, but thought it might be too loud that close. It probably would've been ok, but at the end when people came down front, that might've been harder with him. I just went with it and got up close myself for the last encores. I think I got the last set list, too! But it would've been cool to say my dog has seen Leonard Cohen, too ; ) He's seen U2, and some musicals like the Lion King.

Definitely a night to remember forever!!
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby bridger15 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:51 pm

You may wonder why I am posting in August about a concert that took place last April.
Because, I just received access to two photos taken at the Fan early entry. The story goes like this. First to repeat part of my original San Diego concert post.
I was one of the early Fans to enter the Merch section and bought a few things, including a poster specific to San Diego. As I was about to leave, one of the crew, a nice girl from Toronto wearing a fedora and the Unified heart security badge around her neck, kindly suggested I hang around for a while as there will be a surprise. And the surprise was – some band members came out to the Merch area to meet Fan members.
The first two were Dino Soldo and Javier Mas. She introduced me to both...
I did not have a camera. Before the entry time, I met a fan, not a Forum member, who was there early because he flew down from the Bay area. I invited him to come in early with me. I turned to this lovely man and asked if he had a cell phone that takes pictures. He said yes, but first he had to figure out how, then snapped two photos. Then he announced he would have to figure out how to get the photos out of the cell phone.

That never happened. A few answered and unanswered emails later, he wrote that he never figured it out and anyway, he no longer uses that phone. Long story short, I asked him to mail me the cell phone, which he did. I walked into the closest BigName Cell store, paid to get the phone reactivated in my name and asked for instructions to get the photos out. As most of you already know, the answer is email. This reminds me of an old joke. Do you know why Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years? He wouldn't ask for directions.

The picture quality is not great, but I am THRILLED to have them. Here is the better of the two.
San Diego, Javier Mas, Dino Soldo Apr 7,09.jpg
Javier Mas, Dino Soldo San Diego, April 7,09
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby ladydi » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:24 pm

Hi Arlene,

What a fabulous picture of you, Javier, and Dino from San Diego! But, even more than the picture, what an incredible story of how you obtained it! Just goes to show that when one sets their mind to achieve a goal...nothing can stand in the least not YOUR way! ;-)

All the best,
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:50 pm

Arlene - nice picture of all three. It was worth the effort.

And you are now the proud owner of a used cell phone? :lol: :lol:
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San Diego, April 7

Postby MaryB » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:20 am


I loved hearing how you overcame all obstacles to obtain this priceless photo! It's always so special to put a face to the name. Thank you for the story and the photo.

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