I must say that You Tube clips are MUCH BETTER than the actual presence in Verona. In first row the sound was too low, couldn't hear Leonard in eg Bird on the Wire, and the band sounded disjointed in first set - I heard Charley over Leonard in Bird on the Wire and Who By Fire (what was quite annoying for me), violin was coming from the right, there were ups and down in sound level, The Future sounded strange, and Darkness like completely unrehearsed, like each member plays in own direction. Now, listening to Alexandra leaving and The Future on YouTube, doesn't sound like the show I was on... The big problem with the venue is a big gap (pool-size) between stage and first rows (orchestra pit?) so that's why it felt like I am "on the other side of intimacy" with much of the sound being lost from stage before reaching first rows, and the fact that there was no curtains behind the stage did not help. Second set was immaculate although with no surprises except Night Comes On so it all made your perfect first or only Leonard Cohen show. The audience was fresh into the show and it worked well - more than well, Leonard got ovation for almost every song at the very first line, and even new songs were greeted with a long applause at the first verse.
That's my lesson this time - I have to buy ticket after 5th row, as sound system is above 5th row or so and directed deeply into the venue. We had the same problem in Ljubljana - we were getting live real sound from stage monitors, and we had *delayed* sound from back of the arena, so we had two sound sources. But the band didn't sound disjointed in the mix as the first set of Verona.
Btw, I really liked "new" Democracy, it's crazier than ever. And like Paul, I enjoyed hearing Night Comes On, plus That's No Way To Say Goodbye, live. And superb Sharon in Alexandra Leaving.
Only unpleasant fact was that the venue's staff didn't bother to clean the seats of rain in 4 hours between storm and show, so 110 Euros seats in first rows were completely wet, and then they "rented" small pillows for 2 Euros per piece, without bill or receipt - that is, if they had 10,000 people, 20 000 Euros earned without receipts and without sharing it with Leonard's tour promoter or the artist's management - plain robbery of the paying audience and taking of 20,000 Euros behind everybody's back. When I pay 110 Euros for seat, I do expect it to be clean and NOT WET and I do expect that venue staff, and the venue being a famous opera Roman amphitheatre, is capable of cleaning the water off the seats in 4 hours. I will probably never buy a ticket for that place in my life. At least they did not have sausages and beer.