CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by oblivion » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:45 am

while you had incredible,fantastic pre - during - and after- show-times, i was sitting in my kitchen,
watching the rain outside and making crossword-puzzle
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but a very special one...
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by lizzytysh » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:46 am

Exactly, Diana. I'm so glad I found the way to San Jose. My only wish now is that I could have stayed longer. Such a delightful, atmospheric town.

If Leonard alights in a hemisphere near me next year and my Cracow venture doesn't absorb all my spare dollars [spare ~ ha!], I will see him, again. If not, I will, indeed, always have incredibly fond and wonderful memories from this astounding show, with so many unexpected twists and turns... and I believe that the blouse Esther had considered keeping for herself [the pink, polka dot one] was carried from the stage by an appreciative man ;-) .


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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by lizzytysh » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:48 am

Great, oblivion :D .
And what was the "clue" for Leonard?


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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by oblivion » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:05 am

hi lizzy,
the city he was born...
for so many years he was hardly ever mentioned in the media and now you even find him in crossword.
i´m very glad for all of you to have this great experience and a tiny bit jeaa :roll: loous
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by Misty Marie » Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:38 am

Tonight on Dancing with the Stars Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa waltzed to Hallelujah. Good to see Leonard's songs out and about more these days. Finally. :D :roll: :D

Diana, you're absolutely right. We will always have San Jose. :) What a perfect ride.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by Gary Singh » Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:53 am

Here's my wrap-up:
http://www.sanjose.com/leonard-cohen-in-san-jose-a24081
Cheers,
-Gary
Leonard Cohen in San Jose
At the HP Pavilion, Leonard Cohen wowed an ecstatic San Jose crowd
By Gary Singh (Nov 16, 2009 )

On Friday, Nov. 13, an almost-full HP Pavilion in San Jose saw the future—and it was Leonard Cohen. The 75-year-old singer/songwriter, poet and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrapped up his 2008/09 tour by returning to Northern California a second time.
“We don’t know if we’re going to pass by this way again, so we’re going to give you all we’ve got tonight,” he proclaimed early in the show, which lasted 3 1/2 hours. And throughout 29 songs spanning his 42-year career, including two new tunes, Cohen and his tightly knit band did exactly that.

The entire tour itself has elicited rave reviews from across the globe—it was Cohen’s first one in 15 years—and much of what’s already been said is dead on target. After each and every show, fans have emerged from the venues with nothing but superlatives: “The greatest show of my life.” “Religious experience.” “I can’t stop thinking about it.”

San Jose was no different. Since this was the last show of the tour and the only gig on the West Coast this time around, people came from as far away as Vancouver, San Diego and Utah. Others with much more dough flew in from Australia and New Zealand.
All Cohen had to do was walk out onstage—actually, he jogged—and the crowd greeted him with a standing ovation before the show even started.

In fact, the crowd played their part throughout the show, blessing Cohen with quite a few surprises. During “Suzanne,” probably a hundred audience members held up green fluorescent glo-sticks and waved them in the air.

Cohen’s 1992 tune “Closing Time” features the line “The women tear their blouses off/ And the men they dance on the polka-dots.” During that song, dozens of women in the front section obliged, throwing their blouses onto the stage from every which direction. It was obviously planned ahead of time. As a result, the band cracked up, and Cohen appeared to completely lose his place in the song.

But this was not just an aging rock band belting out the same unwavering setlist night after night. The band had clearly played around with some of the arrangements since the Oakland show last spring. Certain songs featured more soulful and jazzier riffs, with different chord progressions thrown in for effect here and there. Cohen even played two new songs, “Feels So Good,” and “The Darkness,” both of which are lumbering bluesy vamps that only he could have written. “Feels So Good,” starts with Leonard playing some acoustic guitar blues before beginning:

Feels so good not to love you like I did
It’s like they tore away my blindfold, and they said we’re gonna let this prisoner live.

And then later in the song:

Feels so good baby just to wake up in the morning by myself
Cup of coffee in the kitchen, fire up a little danger to my health
It’s like the same old broken heart, but it feels like it belongs to someone else.

Performance-wise, Cohen is known for deliberately waiting a few extra bars until he comes back in for a particular verse; the tunes are arranged to accommodate this tactic, and he amped up the drama all night while doing so. He also sings different or entirely new verses for some tunes, which he is also prone to do, since Cohen often writes songs with many more verses than what actually winds up in the finished product. He stores a lot of alternate material in his head.

All in all, everyone in the band appeared to be having a great time, even if they knew this was the last show. They would not settle for a second-tier, half-tired performance. And not many singers even half of Cohen’s age can go 3 1/2 hours on one night and turn right around and do it again the next night. This was a command performance.

For most of this last North American leg of the tour, the band had not been playing “Democracy,” from Cohen’s 1992 The Future album. Perhaps his most scathing analysis of America, the track includes the lines, “I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean/ I love the country, but I can't stand the scene/ And I'm neither left or right/ I'm just staying home tonight/ Getting lost in that hopeless little screen.” Although the song leaves everything open to interpretation (it’s poetry, remember?), many folks have misappropriated the words in all sorts of ridiculous contexts. So at the end of the night, since this was the last show, perhaps his last one ever in the United States, Leonard explained a few things before playing it:

“It's not about this administration. It's not about the last administration. And it's not about the administration to come. It's about you and me.”

That pretty much sums up the show. Leonard Cohen, at 75, has finally become an arena sensation in the United States of America. Hallelujah.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by Fil » Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:55 am

ladydi wrote:Hey Esther...

Your video is great of "Partisan" except it does miss that first short French verse! Either that or I'm missing it again. At the time I recorded it easily and completely in my mind....it was only a few words, and very understandable if one even has simply a basic understanding of French. And then, of course, I completely forgot the entire phrase!

What hit me was that you were having to film between me and Lizzy...lots of stray hairs flying around! Sorry.

An evening to remember forever! So glad we were all there!!!

No Lady Di, it doesn't ! Listen closely to the very beginning of the video : he actually sing the second part of the second verse in french :

"Vous qui le savez
Effacez mon passage"

Which is not exactly a translation of the original words.

However he maybe sang some others lines in french in the very beginning of the song....


Here is a french school website about the song : http://www.etab.ac-caen.fr/cleh/peda/hi ... tisan.html

I love that song, it's such a tremendous thrill.

Philippe
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by bridger15 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:50 pm

Gary Singh wrote:Here's my wrap-up:
http://www.sanjose.com/leonard-cohen-in-san-jose-a24081
Cheers,
-Gary
the West Coast this time around, people came from as far away as Vancouver, San Diego and Utah. Others with much more dough flew in from Australia and New Zealand.
People also came from Florida, Michigan, Alberta, Ontario, Finland, Belgium, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Russia and Israel.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by sirp2000 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:08 pm

Great video of Bird on the Wire by Bgood11 from an unusual angle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkpRaofHAVM
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Post by lizzytysh » Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:44 pm

I like your wrap-up write-up, Gary... I appreciated your explicit emphasis on how Leonard and his group are no ordinary, standard-fare, folks going through the motions... and during a time that they're so heavily traveled and could have been. It's just not who they are. It was great to see someone quote some of Leonard's new lyrics and saying what's so true, blues songs only he could have written. You're so right ~ a command performance.

My mind was also going where yours went, Arlene. Thanks for 'representing' on the so many more... and there were probably other countries, too. Of course, every reviewer can't know everything ;-) . At least now Gary knows and, if you stick around here awhile, Gary, you'll see for yourself just how far people are willing to travel to see Leonard.

Thanks for your review.


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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by ladydi » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:20 pm

Hi Gary,

I hope you might wander back onto the Forum to read comments to your article. I was lucky enough to snag the actual newspaper with your article and love it! You really "got" the concert and the night! As Arlene mentioned we were indeed from all over the world. Many of us had decided not to miss San Jose as originally we thought it might be Leonard's last concert ever, but fortunately the 2010 Tour was announced, so instead of being an evening of tears, it became an evening of simply having a blast and enjoying the music and each other! Lizzy also touched on how even though Leonard, his band and singers have been doing this for over a year and a half, they still give their all at each performance, and it always seems that when the audience "gives", they give 150%. :D

Welcome to the Forum! I know it was only to post your wonderful article but do stay around as I feel you truly appreciate Leonard! The best is yet to come!

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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by ladydi » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:32 pm

Fil wrote: No Lady Di, it doesn't ! Listen closely to the very beginning of the video : he actually sing the second part of the second verse in french :

"Vous qui le savez
Effacez mon passage"

Which is not exactly a translation of the original words.
However he maybe sang some others lines in french in the very beginning of the song....
Philippe
Philippe, Thank you so much and also thank you for the link...very interesting! Those were perhaps the words but of course I've heard Leonard sing those before...for some reason I thought it was something else but I must be mistaken. I too love this song and was so happy to see it included in the Tour!

It was wonderful to meet you and you are so fortunate now to have Leonard coming to Grenoble!

Au revoir,
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by mutti » Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:30 pm

Whirling/Tossing Dervishes: Isn't that a divine heading for a thread?
Esther came up with this when discussing the Closing Time blouse event! I love it! Here's my version of the story...
Mary B asked me to bring a polka dot blouse to the concert and other than that there wasn't a plan that I know of. I do know that she told many many woman but I had no idea how many were involved as no one seemed to talk about it. I wondered what the plan was, as at one point she mentioned tying them all together as one...Then in the show I yelled back to her "what are we going to do" and then it all started happening on its own organically! It was so powerful and crazy...gave everyone in the concert and especially those on stage and Leonard a laugh and smiles. Makes me smile and tingle all over again remembering it.
I am so glad to have been part of the madness and theatrics..something I will never forget.
Thanks Mary B and all the women involved...Marie, Diana, Lizzy, Esther, and all the rest of you and especially
The Whirling Tossing Dervishes in the front row Bonnie, Nico, Mary, Sharon!
(Now if we had only planned on something the men could have thrown up...not sure what that would be)
Anyone else have stories on the blouses?
Leslie ;-)
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by FanForLife » Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:12 pm

Now that I am home I have started uploading the videos. Still uploading/processing, so quality will improve. I will edit this post to add the YouTube links as the uploads complete.

The picture quality is just about OK, the sound is good.
And then "I Tried to Leave You" and "Democracy is Coming to the USA" once i figure out how to split the single oversize video into 2 parts

I have the following but the video is poor, sound is good - let me know if anybody wants any of them and I''ll post it:
  • Dance Me to the End of Love
    The Future
    Bird on the Wire
    Everybody Knows
    In My Secret Life
    Who By Fire
    Chelsea Hotel
    Waiting for the Miracle
    Anthem
Unfortunatly I pressed some special button on the camera and missed most of the second act, including the 3 I really wanted - Partisan, Prisoner and Darkness. Am cross with myself about this, but the memories of a great concert make up for it.
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Re: CONCERT REPORT: San José, Nov 13

Post by sturgess66 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:39 pm

FanForLife - your video of "Closing Time" is wonderful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKcHnRFP9Nw

As well as Leonard's performance and all the action onstage, you capture all the joyful hoots and hollers from those crazy women in the audience :lol: :lol: :lol: and the flying polka dots.

Looking forward to more of your video.

btw - if you have Picasa (Google's free software for photos) you can use it to split video. That is what I have used. Just mark where you want to split and then "export" it. And then you can chose an option to " undo"and thereby retain your original long video - and then do it again to export the other half. (And then undo to retain your long video intact again - if you wish). Save the split portions to a desktop folder (I think I emailed them to myself then right-clicked on the attachment and did "save as" to the folder) - and then upload to YouTube. Something like that. :lol: :lol: There probably is an easier way - but hey, that worked for me. :D
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