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Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:22 pm
by B4real
Now, I know the coming tour is being organised one leg at a time and we here in Australia and New Zealand need to have the patience of Job (or perhaps Finns) ;-) But while we are waiting I thought the following photos would be a gentle reminder to the tour organisers that so many people down under want Leonard to come back again.....please! Just look at all these venues filled to capacity!

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Brisbane 2010

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Sydney 2010

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Melbourne 2010

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Hobart 2010

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Adelaide 2010

And now for the outside venues:
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Perth 2010

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Hanging Rock 2010

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Rochford winery, Yarra Valley 2009

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Bimbadgen winery, Hunter Valley 2009

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Centennial vineyards, Bowral 2009

Also not forgetting our Kiwi cousins across the pond:
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Auckland 2010

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Wellington 2010

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Christchurch 2010

Looking again at these concerts through Leonard’s eyes gives us a unique perspective on what he sees of us instead of what we see of him. Also they are a pleasant reminder of what was and could hopefully be again. Of course nothing in life is certain and we will wait to see what the universe decrees. But for now, Leonard just know that our arms are indeed open very wide!

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:56 pm
by AlanM
Hi Bev,

We are singing from the same page of the Cohenite song book.

Now that Madonna and Glen Campbell have announced that for various reasons they will not tour Australia and New Zealand, there must be some free dates at concert venues for AEG, Leonard Cohen and UHTC to exploit for the Old Ideas tour.

Don't forget the Leconfield concert - Australia Day, January 26th, 2009. I even gave up the opportunity to go to a cricket match to go to that concert! (Anyway Australia lost, so I was at the better place in more ways than one).

Alan

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:05 pm
by B4real
Hi Alan,

I didn't forget the Leconfield concert but I couldn't find an audience photo. The same applies for Swan Valley, Sandalford Wines 2009 as well. I searched high and low for audience photos for both of them and couldn't find any so if you find some please add to the collection.
EDIT: Just a thought; maybe Greg Ross has one for Swan Valley, WA. Wherever you are Greg, if possible that would complete the picture - so to speak :)
AlanM wrote:Hi Bev,
We are singing from the same page of the Cohenite song book.
Alan
....that's for sure :D ....and interesting info about those free dates.....

Shame the Aussies lost the cricket but you did indeed make the right choice!

and EDIT again: Thanks Alan - that's better than I found!

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:31 pm
by AlanM
This is the only audience photo I have.
It was taken between Augie March and Paul Kelly.
i.e. just under 2 hours before LC took the stage.

Alan

Addendum:
The photo was taken with my back on the security fence. When I checked at interval the open space was occupied all the way back to that fence and down both sides too.

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:59 pm
by Goldin
Bev,

Thanks for this photoset!
I never thought that Hanging Rock concert took place in such an unforgettable surroundings (although I knew what Hanging Rock is).

The 2009 Valleys/Wineyards pictures are just incredible too.

Lucky Aussies, I do hope you'll welcome Leonard Cohen again in your beautiful country.

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:43 pm
by B4real
Thank you Roman,

My pleasure to show you and the world an LC part of my country. :D It is a land of many different and interesting places and faces!
Let's hope we do get to go to similar concerts again!

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:57 pm
by Mabeanie1
B4real wrote:Let's hope we do get to go to similar concerts again!
I don't think there can be any real doubt of that Bev. It must just be a case of "when" rather than "if".

Wendy

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:38 am
by dce
AlanM wrote:This is the only audience photo I have.
It was taken between Augie March and Paul Kelly.
i.e. just under 2 hours before LC took the stage.
Here's the best "audience" shot I took at Leconfield ... I was pretty close to the front, so it really only shows a couple of rows of what was a massive audience.

It also gives some hint of exactly how HOT it was that way (which is a nice reminder given the dismal weather in Adelaide right now :-)). For some reason the organisers built the stage so that LC and the band were looking straight into the baking afternoon sun; hence the plentiful sunglasses and the sheen of sweat everyone is wearing.

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Dean (from Adelaide)

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:02 pm
by AlanM
dce wrote: For some reason the organisers built the stage so that LC and the band were looking straight into the baking afternoon sun; hence the plentiful sunglasses and the sheen of sweat everyone is wearing.
My guess is that it had something to do with "the lie of the land". If the stage was at the top of the slope facing east, all the audience would have been craning their necks looking up at the performers for the complete show.
Also, if you remember, they brought LC and UHTC on 10 minutes earlier than advertised. I reckon that they did that so that the sun was crossing the horizon during interval, thus reducing the occular discomfort for Leonard and the band. In the second part of the show and during the encores there were no sun glare problems.

Alan

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:45 pm
by B4real
Hi guys,

Thanks Dean for that great photo. You must have had a wonderful view of the stage!
I still can’t find a good audience photo of Sandalford Wines, Swan Valley WA in 2009 but here’s an aerial concert view of the place and a couple of photos Greg took of LC and the band. It’s interesting to note that in the last one they are also wearing sunglasses here as well!

btw .... today here in Qld was a typical clear, beautiful, sunny winter's day of 22 degrees...... :razz: ;-)

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...... and Wendy, I really wonder when, then :)

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:47 pm
by birminghamfan
Jarkko says no Aus /NZ tour in Feb 2013 - but Leonard went to the Antipodes in October of 2010 ! February would suit me better , but I wonder if October 2013 might give me an excuse to visit my old friend Dave again in New Zealand ! Maybe fit in an Australian concert as well. I will be keeping my fingers crossed - hope to see you all there
Steve

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:34 am
by DW4ME
Please come to Australia ...

Visit "down under" to Christchurch

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:21 am
by gingerterror
Leonard ... here is a challenge for you! You have a huge following in New Zealand and definitely in Christchurch. Most entertainers are avoiding us since the earthquake .. please come and see us again. What better way to liven the souls of our people here.

A home cooked meal will be thrown in!

Seriously, do you have plans for a tour to New Zealand?

Keep your light shining.

Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:39 pm
by Goldin
Hanging Rock: how beautiful.

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Re: Australia & NZ - Our Arms Are Open W-I-D-E!!

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:10 am
by B4real
That's a wonderful pic Roman, I hadn't seen it before!

Here's a couple more Aussie "audience" ones with a different outlook.
I love these photos - the feeling of expectation and what the solitary figure of LC could be thinking!
There's no one watching but we are still waiting.
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Hanging Rock 2010
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Perth 2010
....and LC in the Aussie bush framed between two gum trees!
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Centennial vineyards Bowral 2009