Leonard Cohen Opens 2009 European Leg Of World Tour In Cologne

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Lanxess (Koln) Arena, Cologne

“Leonard Cohen Is Timeless”1

Last night (July 1, 2009), performing before an audience of 7500 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Leonard Cohen began the Summer 2009 European leg of his 2008-2009 World Tour.

From the accounts already available on LeonardCohenForum, (the Google translation of) the Aachener Zeitung review by Susanne Schramm,2 and a handful of other online comments from fans (also translated via Google), the quality and content of the concert and the enthusiasm with which it was received mirrored Cohen’s recent appearances in the US and Canada.



Concert Highlights

The most frequently mentioned as highlights3 include

  • Leonard Cohen’s age-defying strength and energy
  • Sharon Robinson’s rendition of “Boogie Street”
  • The audience singing along on “So long, Marianne”
  • Cohen’s benediction


The setlist provided by last.fm follows:

1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. The Future
3. Ain’t No Cure for Love
4. Bird on a Wire
5. Everybody Knows
6. In My Secret Life
7. Who By Fire
8. Chelsea Hotel #2
9. Waiting for the Miracle
10. Anthem


11. Tower of Song
12. Suzanne
13. Sisters of Mercy
14. The Partisan
15. Boogie Street
16. Hallelujah
17. I’m Your Man
18. Recitation: A Thousand Kisses Deep
19. Take This Waltz

Encore 1

20. So Long, Marianne
21. First We Take Manhattan
22. Famous Blue Raincoat
23. If It Be Your Will (performed by the Webb Sisters)
24. Closing Time

Encore 2:

25. I Tried To Leave You
26. Whither Thou Goest

Next Concerts

  • July 2: Berlin, O2
  • July 4: Antwerp, Sport Palais
  • July 6: Nantes, Zenith
  • July 7: Paris, Bercy
  • July 9: Toulouse, Zenith
  1. The “Leonard Cohen Is Timeless” heading is a quote from the Aachener Zeitung review []
  2. Published July 02, 2009 []
  3. At this time I can find no videos of adequate quality to show here. []

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