The Wiesen Audience Audition
Leonard Cohen’s Wiesen Concert last night (August 26, 2009) is worthy of note on at least two counts - (1) the crowd, if the videos are any indication, was especially enthusiastic and responsive, resembling those in Dublin, for example, more than the somewhat reserved audience in Vienne and (2) Leonard, at least to my eye, seems to have bulked up a tad.
In this video, Wiesen chimes in on “So Long Marianne.”
Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne (Wiesen, August 26, 2009)
For comparison, I’ve included this photo of Cohen from the Vienne show (August 18, 2009) …
… and a brief video from the Colmar Concert which took place August 16, 2009, ten days before Wiesen. While the angles, clothing, and settings in these visualizations differ and are thus not directly comparable, Cohen does seem thinner in the earlier performances.
Leonard Cohen: Lover Lover Lover (Colmar, August 16 2009)
And, as a bonus, here’s a respectable and well received rendition of “The Partisan” from the Wiesen Concert.