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Leonard Cohen concert

He was a miniature on a stage hundreds of meters distant, blown up in detail on the three screens hanging in the air, but Leonard Cohen can command an arena. His voice is rich, deep, commanding, his expressions evocative and amusing, and he thinks about his songs as he sings them. His nine backup instrumentalists and singers were varied and talented, from his co-writer Sharon Robinson and the folksy elegancy of the Webb Sisters, to the lively verve of his multi-instrumental wind player and guitar and organ players.

I was just as glad I only knew two of his albums. Half the songs were a surprise, lyrics vividly communicated; even the ones I already knew were new again in performance. Lyrics I'd never paid attention to caught my attention. "Hallelujah", "Take this Waltz", and "Suzanne" were riveting. For a three hour concert - including three-or-so extended encores - the performers kept my attention throughout. The audience was wonderfully silent, caught in the spell. For the first half, the drunk girls in front of us bopped along to all songs. For a few, the audience sang along - but appropriately.

It might have been the last night of the move, but it was worth the break, worth braving the enormity of the O2 for the first time, for this concert. The only problem with the O2? Leaving it post-concert. It took us an hour to get into the Underground station.



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Jul. 24th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
aaaaah, envy, envy, envy (not the traffic, however).

Jul. 25th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun, I like Leonard Cohen so I might have enjoyed it. However, I don't like people screaming right next to me (that is what happened at the only time I went to a music concert, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot and Simon and Garfunkle at Skydome) or just loud noise in general (hate to be too near an amp), so I'm not really keen on concerts.

Anyway Happy Birthday (by my calculations it is past 2AM July 25th GMT).
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

The Cohen concert was scream-free, which I appreciated.
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh I forgot to mention this to you earlier, but this band does a great rendition of Hallelujah: www.quebb.net

You should listen. And I'm not only saying that because it's my brother's band ;-)
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
First, Happy Birthday.

Second, the O2 is the concert hall in the M. Dome, right?

Thirdly, the Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart is nearly enough reason to fly to London again, the CO2 be damned!
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