Different Feelings after the Concert... but this has nothing to to with Leonard Cohen, the UHTC-Band. This has something to do with my own People...
Zürich especially... It is very hard to enthuse the crowd for every Artist.
I was at a view LC-Concert since 2008.
In 2013, I was in different Countrys for 7 Concerts. And I knew before the Show, that the Concert in my Hometown Zürich would be a "hard Night" for the "Master" and all his so professional, talented, gifted and beautiful Musicians.
When I remember how it was just a Month ago in Vienna and before in Berlin, Hamburg, Oberhausen etc.: the Zürich-Audience is very reluctant, it was so in 2008, they will ever be this way. That is not a secret. It is a fact. No one would clap, no one would threw one Flower up on the Stage (I know, they always say, that you have to give the Flowers to the Staff; but LC and the Band DID take the Flowers, when they came up to the stage. But in Switzerland, when the authority's make the announcements: "Don't threw the Flowers", we follow the orders exactly. This is our strength in one way. But for a Concert, for a LIVE-ACT, it is a little weakness).
So I wasn't surprised, that LC changed the Ending. I hear them talking before "Manhatten", something like "Play through and finishing"...
Surely I saw, that Leonard was a little bit tired; but he gave "everything that he got". And this was not insufficient, surely not.
It was just a different Night; but it was fair to this Audience; that's what comes to my mind.
But, at the Time, that I saw, that Lenny ask his Band in Front of the Stage for the final Applause, it was clear to me: this was it.
Honestly, I was hoping for more encores; we all do, didn't we?
But this was his decision... And maybe it has really something to do with the Hallenstadion-Work-crew: they are very, very early up on the stage...(as one guy wrote in the Forum).
But as I wrote before: it was adapted to the Audience, and it was a good Concert from LC and the whole Band. The Audience: well, this is another Story..
That's why I am so very, very lucky, that I have one more to go: Amsterdam...And then, the "withdrawal" will begin...
And, to be honest: I'll be a little bit afraid of this.
On the other side: Leonard, Sharon, Hattie, Charley, Javier, Alexandru, Mitch, Rafael, Neil and Roscoe (and all the Crew behind the Stage) gave me, gave us so very, very much the last Years... I really hope, that they will bring out another Live-CD/DVD, another Album.
But whatever Leonard decide to do: he have every right to do, whatever he likes to do... enjoy the Days, Leonard! You deserve it all!
You have proven everything... You are and you will be the Master, a true Legend! Be happy... but: we will miss you on the stages around the World, if this was your Farewell-Tour! In the past 5 Years, you conquer the whole World again!
Thank yo for all, what you have given us (and be assured: last Saturday Night was a good Night, maybe with a too "bearish attitude" from us, from the Zürich Audience)!
Uwe + Susanne, Switzerland