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CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:24 am
by sturgess66
A pre-concert article at -
Kentucky Fans Sing 'Hallelujah' As Leonard Cohen Comes To Louisville

Published: March 28, 2013 Updated 2 hours ago

Now 78, poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen is on the most arduous touring schedule of his career.
Robb Cohen/Invision/AP

By Walter Tunis — Contributing Music Writer

8 p.m. March 30 at the Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth in Louisville. $49.50-$252.50. Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000 or

It seems fitting that one of the most recently quoted songs by pop poet laureate Leonard Cohen should come from his newest album, a record ironically titled Old Ideas.

The song in question is Going Home. It is essentially a summons by God. That is certainly in keeping with a portion of Cohen's often-fantastical life — specifically, a five-year period during the '90s, when he retreated from songwriting and performance and became an ordained Buddhist monk. That doesn't mean Going Home is at all autobiographical. But it certainly explains some of Cohen's source material.

"I love to speak with Leonard," muses the almighty at the onset of Going Home. "He's a sportsman and shepherd. He's a lazy bastard living in a suit. But he does say what I tell him, even though it isn't welcome. He just doesn't have the freedom to refuse."

Such are the trials and expressions of one of the most heralded songwriters of any pop generation, an artist who after a recording career of more than 45 years finally makes his way to Kentucky. Cohen, a 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, performs Saturday at the Louisville Palace.

Cohen's music has purposely distanced itself from the rock arena for much of the songwriter's professional life. Yet the list of rock, pop and folk notables who have recorded his songs is ridiculously expansive. It includes U2, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers, Neil Diamond, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Joan Baez, k.d. lang, Diana Ross, Marc Ribot and My Brightest Diamond, Fairport Convention, Peter Gabriel, Tangerine Dream, Elton John, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Billy Joel, Rufus Wainwright, Genesis, Will Oldham and a few hundred other names.

But over the past four years, Cohen has reclaimed and, in a way, redefined his own musical identity by hitting the road for several global tours. Three sublime live recordings have been issued from the tour: 2009's Live in London, 2010's Songs From the Road and the limited-edition 2012 EP disc Live in Fredericton.

"It's wonderful to be gathered here on just the other side of intimacy," speaks Cohen with an exact, crisp baritone at the beginning of Live in London. "I know that some of you have undergone financial and geographical inconvenience."

The same could be said of Saturday's performance in Louisville. Ticket prices top out at an unfathomable $252.50 (you might as well call it $300 after TicketMaster service charges). That's not exactly the kind of pocket change a casual fan (or even some devoted ones) might be willing to shell out. Those who do should know that Cohen, who has never been known for his vocal chops, tends to recite the lyrics to his songs more than sing them. But over the course of his performances, that baritone whisper becomes one of the most distinctive elements in songs that lurk within the darker recesses of love, faith, life and loss.

"I've seen the future, brother," Cohen sings during Live in London's whispery soulful version of The Future. "And it is murder."

Of course, the continued irony is that the future that greeted Cohen after Live in London couldn't have been brighter. Last year, for instance, Old Ideas became the first No. 1 album of his career, unseating for a week the then-unstoppable Adele. Now, at age 78, he leads the most rigorous touring schedule of his career, refashioning one of pop music's most storied legacies into three-plus-hour concerts while adding to it with albums like Old Ideas.

"I was having a drink earlier with my old teacher," Cohen said on Live in London during an introduction to Tower of Song. "He was about 97 at the time. I poured him a drink, he clicked my glass and he said, 'Excuse me for not dying.' I kind of feel the same way."


Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:55 am
by sturgess66
The venue is another one of those wonderful old movie theatres -
One of the greatest of John Eberson’s theatres and considered to be “the finest Theatre in the South” when opened on September 1, 1928, as the Loew’s United Artists Theatre. The original seating capacity was for 3,273. From around 1950, it had been renamed Loew’s Palace Theatre.

Now operating as the Louisville Palace Theatre since 1994. Seating capacity is today 2,800. The Palace Theatre offers a wide variety of contemporary entertainment and Broadway touring productions as well as the local Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series.

This theatre has had four renovations, all prior to 1974: in 1953, a new wide screen was installed; in late-1954, it was bought and renamed United Artists Theatre; in 1963, the balcony was blocked off and a second floor screen was installed and renamed the Penthouse Theatre (since returned to a single auditorium). In 1964, the Wurlitzer organ was renovated.

Lobby -

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:25 pm
by sturgess66 ... rrow-night
Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen will be at The Palace tomorrow night
March 29, 2013 - 9:42am
by David Phillips

There aren't many things in this world that intimidate me. Angry women perhaps, maybe parts of law enforcement, but when I received the generous opportunity to cover Leonard Cohen's show tomorrow night, I had no idea how to do the man justice. What do you say about a legend who ran on the fringe of the Warhol crowd, is a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as well as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame among others), was mentioned in a Nirvana song, and who's induction speech was given by Lou Reed (If I have to tell you who Lou Reed is…well I'm at a loss)?! Yes. Those are some of my personal cool reference points, but there are plenty of others.

Lou Reed stated Cohen belongs in the 'highest and most influential echelon of songwriters'. Pretty solid summation of a man who's career has spanned over 50 years, produced 12 studio albums, garnered 6 tribute albums, some documentaries, poetry books and numerous awards that create a list far too extensive to give you. Leonard Cohen does have a bit of a sullen sound, with a deep raspy voice, but creates inspiring songs that are simply beautiful. On his latest album, 'Old Ideas', Cohen stays true to fashion and is blessing us with his first concert in Louisville, ever.

Amazingly you can still get tickets at the link below, they’re not cheap but this is truly a once in a lifetime chance. Come out and have a listen to one of the genuine musical wizards of our lifetime and I hope to see you all there. It may change your life, just saying.

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:00 am
by sturgess66
Life long dream coming true. Finally. #LeonardCohen

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:18 am
by sturgess66
It sounds like this audience is all decked out for the show - :D
@KaleeshaCW Leonard Cohen concert with my Dad
DeadpanRomantic Leonard Cohen crowd making me feel woefully underdressed. Should've busted out a bowtie or cufflinks.
@DeadpanRomantic The crowd at Leonard Cohen is by far the classiest concert-going constituency I have ever encountered. #SportsCoats #RoundGlasses #Slacks

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:29 am
by sue7
Tweets from the show:
David C. Phillips ‏@dcp_RedeApp 1m
#LeonardCohen....I'm a very lucky fella...#xoxo...Dance me to the end of love.....
Louisville Palace ‏@LvillePalace 12m
Leonard Cohen takes the stage at the #LouisvillePalace and opens with "Dance Me to the End of Love!"

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:09 am
by sturgess66
A bit out of order here - but some good pictures - the theatre is gorgeous ...
@Samushighwind it's been 90 seconds and leonard cohen is on the floor in the fetal position
@JusticeMack Waiting for Leonard Cohen @ Louisville Palace Theatre
@LvillePalace The crowd is beginning to fill in! Five more minutes until Leonard Cohen takes the stage! #LouisvillePalace ... 16/photo/1
@dcp_RedeApp I mean the man is just a stone cold badass... #LeonardCohen
@LvillePalace Leonard Cohen reciting "A Thousand Kisses Deep..." #swoon #LouisvillePalace ... 44/photo/1
@ottovonfox Leonard Cohen is killing tonight. Rock Star and he's 80 #ImYourMan
@Guinness74 Well...this is unexpectedly sublime. (@ Louisville Palace Theatre for Leonard Cohen w/ 15 others)
@LvillePalace Leonard Cohen closes out his first of two sets w/ "Anthem!" He'll be back on stage in 20 minutes. #LouisvillePalace ... 40/photo/1
@TaraEAnderson Now that the lights are up for intermission at the Leonard Cohen show I'm sure everybody's looking at the mascara trails on my cheeks
@Tsalabagundi Under the fedora brim a depth of art extraordinary--Leonard Cohen sings
@philipruskin Leonard Cohen just gets better and better with time. Cats half his age can't play for three hours
@loueyville Leonard Cohen... Still as amazing as he was when I saw him in the 90s in NYC. ... 73/photo/1
@CampCohen Avalanche!
@toddwhatley Leonard Cohen with @TJ_Hester @ Louisville Palace Theatre
@LvillePalace So powerful... "Suzanne" right into "Show Me The Place." #LeonardCohen #LouisvillePalace

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:39 am
by sturgess66
@dseanbailey Leonard Cohen rockin' out with a mouth harp on "Democracy!" #LouisvillePalace @ Louisville Palace Theatre
@LouMUSICulture Leonard Cohen at the Louisville Palace... Mind officially blown! @ Louisville Palace Theatre
@LvillePalace "Hallelujah!" Over 300 other artists have covered this classic over the years, but there is only one Leonard Cohen! #LouisvillePalace
@LvillePalace "Closing Time" straight into "Famous Blue Raincoat" as part of Leonard Cohen's encore at the #LouisvillePalace! p
@ensable Leonard Cohen -- I feel like I've already been to church, so I'll just sleep in tomorrow morning.
@WillRHiggins Leonard Cohen, 78, just now finishing 3.5 hr show, Palace Theatre, Louisville. 8 standing ovations, incredible performance.
@eekshecried Leonard Cohen was not messing around. Three hour set, up and down on those knees all night.
@valerieizumi Leonard Cohen awesome at the Louisville Palace. Stamina -- 78years old + gives 3.5 hour concert; drops to his knees + back up w/ease. Amen!
@ZacharyJames93 Such a great night, he played over 3 hours! @lvillepalace #LeonardCohen #LouisvillePalace #OldIdeas…
DrHGuy ‏@DrHGuy Setlist: Louisville Leonard Cohen Concert - March 30, 2013

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:50 am
by sue7
Setlist from ... h-30-2013/
Thanks, Allan!

First Set:
1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. The Future
3. Bird On A Wire
4. Everybody Knows
5. Who By Fire
6. The Darkness
7. Ain’t No Cure For Love
8. Amen
9. Come Healing
10. Democracy
11. A Thousand Kisses Deep (Recitation)
12. Anthem

Second Set:
13. Tower Of Song
14. Avalanche
15. Suzanne
16. Show Me The Place
17. Anyhow
18. Lover, Lover, Lover
19. Alexandra Leaving
20. I’m Your Man
21. Hallelujah
22. Take This Waltz

Encore 1:
23. So Long, Marianne
24. Going Home
25. Closing Time

Encore 2:
26. Famous Blue Raincoat
27. If It Be Your Will
28. Save The Last Dance For Me
29. I Tried To Leave You

Source: Allan Showalter

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:53 am
by sue7
March 31, 2013
At the beginning of tonight’s (March 30, 2013) concert, Leonard Cohen announced that Music Director and bass player, Roscoe Beck, would not be performing because he became ill shortly before the show and had been taken to the hospital.

While Beck had fallen ill during the March 28, 2013 New Orleans show, he seemed to have done well since then. He was observed joking about the New Orleans incident before soundcheck and appeared in no distress during soundcheck.

The concert setlist was adjusted as a result and Mitch Watkins took over bass responsibilities.

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:05 am
by sturgess66
That is not happy news about Roscoe Beck. :cry: I hope he gets all better soon.

Video uploaded by "stilli cling" – Thanks!
It's not up close - and not complete but, it’s …

A Thousand Kisses Deep –

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:07 am
by sue7
And here's So Long, Marianne, also from "stilli cling"

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:13 am
by Wirebird
Since Roscoe had fallen ill, Mitch stepped in as the bass player in Louisville. And Javier took his turns on the guitar for a couple of songs.

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:16 am
by sue7
"stilli cling" is incredibly speedy with the videos:

Take This Waltz:

Hallelujah (partial):

Tower of Song (partial):

Closing Time (partial):

Re: CONCERT REPORT - Louisville, KY - March 30, 2013

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:28 am
by JacquelineR
From the Courier-Journal
Leonard Cohen delivers powerful show at Louisville Palace

March 31, 2013 - 2:46 am
Jeffrey Lee Puckett ... lle-Palace

Leonard Cohen wasted no time Saturday night at the Louisville Palace. He jogged on stage, light on his feet in an immaculate suit, and began singing about what is perhaps his work’s dominant theme: the power of love to heal, destroy, sustain and inspire.

“Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn/Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn/Dance me to the end of love,” he sang, conjuring imagery that pit the ideal of comfort against the realities of uncertainty.

There were moments when Cohen got dark, in that matter of fact way perfected over a lifetime of writing, and moments defined by his dry sense of humor, but all of it was ultimately a kind of celebration. As Cohen has aged — he’s a graceful 78 — the not so simple act of survival, of living to try another day, has become something he champions.

Cohen proved an oddly compelling performer. His famously desiccated voice was in fine form, a deep, knowing rumble, and he moved with a compacted kinetic energy that he occasionally released by sinking to his knees to emphasize a lyric. Ever the charmer, he doffed his hat whenever someone in his extraordinarily tasteful band took a solo.

Cohen has played around with a few different sounds over 45 years of making records, but on this tour he’s sticking to the intimate feel of his latest album, “Old Ideas.” Neil Larsen’s Hammond organ was the anchor, with consistently excellent work from Javier Mas (guitars), Rafael Gayol (drums), Mitch Watkins (bass) and Alexandru Bublitchi (violin).

A key ingredient of Cohen’s music over the last 25 years, however, has been the interplay between his husky, singular croak and the smooth, sweet professionalism of his female back-up singers. On Saturday, longtime collaborator Sharon Robinson teamed with Charley and Hattie Webb to expertly do the job, recalling everyone from The Jordanaires to the Ray Charles Singers.

The biggest crowd-pleasing moments were to be expected; the one-two punch of “I’m Your Man” and “Hallelujah” that came just before the encore included Cohen’s most universally recognized songs. But the most powerful moment of the night came at the end of the first set.

To minimal accompaniment, Cohen recited the lyrics of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” before easing into “Anthem.” The central idea of the first song, that we are unable to not seek love despite setbacks and decreasing odds, has a bleak edge. Cohen didn’t shy away from that bleakness in his reading, but by juxtaposing the performance with “Anthem” he revealed the beauty that can be found in the darkness:

“Ring the bells that still can ring/Forget your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.”
Most important: Roscoe, very sorry you are ill. Take care and get well soon.

This is accompanied by some nice photos taken by Amber Sigman. Worth checking out.