Re: CONCERT REPORT: Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 25, 2013
Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:36 pm
Google Translate of Leonard Cohen Live: More than just nostalgia for the former grandeur
So here's come confirmation of "see you down the road" -- and I do envy the people who got to see Charley, Hattie and Sharon dressed in strict bones, not to mention Leonard garaging for his art.Leonard Cohen Live: More than just nostalgia for the former grandeur
Leonard Cohen is not filled, but it delighted Stožice
26th July 2013 at 12:29
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO / STA
"We are doing me a favor?" Thunderous applause during the middle of a song Tower of Song mischievously smiling gray-haired Cohen. "Is this charity for the elderly? Or do you think that's all you can do?"
Even with the next verse, it is clear that neither myself - let alone obedient serfs under the stage - does not believe that would be to write: "I was born like this, I had no choice / I was born with the gift of a golden voice. .. "
September will complete 79 years of age, a Leonard Cohen on stage are still spends a good part of the concert on his knees, almost bent in prayer, which is every reunion with many years of "believers" really like. Even when standing, the knees slightly bent, like a boxer in a skirmish with the passing. Between licks of one of the members of his accompanying band - especially stands out his longtime collaborator Sharon Robinson, who sang "their" shared a song, Alexandra Leaving - SI-cropped gray hair hat off in respect. "Deeply appreciate you," eyes closed breathed on several occasions. "I appreciate that you are in these difficult times ar den pay for the ticket (which cost somewhere between 30 and 90 euros, op. N.), I appreciate that you nagnetli high to the ceiling."
The Ljubljana STOŽICE the Cohen now 'conflict' for the second time, if in 2010, many a sarcastic flown on account of (then) bad sound system, this time, probably due to much less compressed auditorium, the eye was the fact that the concert, which we can have seen a lot more criteria in the intimate atmosphere Križanke. But, frankly, even ascetic staging (on stage there is nothing, except a dramatic large curtains by color changing lights, two screens and Persian rugs, a distant echo of "living room", which was the day before in Ljubljana magically Hugh Laurie ), Cohen's (too) large piece of space: from the very first bars of Dance Me to the End of Love onwards, it is clear that the band kept their promise to us "give you everything you possess." In less than three hours so namešal cocktail of their "mandatory" classics (Bird on a Wire Everybody Knows right from the beginning, Suzanne, Chelsea Hotel and the Sisters of Mercy a little later) and introspective songs from the previous album Old Ideas (The Darkness, Amen, Come Healing).
Cohen also on this tour accompanied by an excellent cast of musicians, which has been demonstrated with their solo performances; Spanish mandolin, violin, and even Moldavian gong and elements of klezmer music, adding a rich, complex sound. Here is the solo Javier Mas on 12-string Spanish guitar bandurii, accompanying vocalist Sharon Robinson mentioned by Alexandra Leaving, sisters Charley and Hattie Webb, like Robinson dressed in strict bones, which are slightly similar to all three airports assistants, are singing If It Be Your Will;
First Cohen off the stage farewell with a loading trojčkom (and one of the highlights of the evening), songs I'm Your Man, Hallelujah and Take This Waltz, at which parter finally rises to his feet (with the exception of occasional Apače scream somewhere in the stands almost no people sing and it seems to hold your breath so as not to miss a word of mouth bards).
"I love to speak with Leonard / He's a lazy bastard living in a suit," the troubadour of his own myth jokes in the song Going Home. For someone who regularly insists on the stage after three hours or more, it would have been less difficult, of course, true, but the song is a good reminder that the album Old Ideas can be completely quiet piece of opus from younger years. Cohen, in his poetry always raise the topic mortality, transience, (losses) love and temnine. Now that you are nearing the eight cross and, of course, inevitably lost touch of intensity in his voice, the sound even more real and vividly. And it is probably also the reason why the crowd always go to listen with fresh enthusiasm, but not just so they can say that the legend of a past time to see live, it is still performing ...
The first farewell of course has not yet been: even after two extensions, which served countless prirejano First We Take Manhattan and the heart parajočo Famous Blue Raincoat, it seems that the Closing Time truly over. But the old fox has in itself enough to spark tested "spontaneous" extension I Tried to Leave You ("Goodnight, my darling, I hope you're satisfied, / (...) And here's a man still working for your smile" ), in which the audience invariably elicits happy laughter. The joke is, like most of Cohen's stage chat, have heard and tested - but no less charming. Cohen does not want to be a frontman, does not try to be a star, but you really just - and now this unconscious frayed word - troubadour who patiently garage for his art.
"See you down the road," us before surprisingly springy odskaklja the stage, the farewell given to Cohen. Words, if we are to believe his predictions on the last tour, symbolic. (Except of course for those who have already made the drenjanjem from Stožice enthusiastically discussed how to come up with tickets for his concert at the Arena of Pula, 2 August). But if this is really goodbye, at least in the mouth leaves no bitter aftertaste that you went to see only the empty shell of the former greatness . Not bad for someone who is retired from the concert (2008) returned supposedly only because he, the then manager stole all the property.