Leonard Cohen September 25, 2010 Lille Concert – Videos, Photos, Review

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Last night’s Leonard Cohen concert in Lille, France has already generated online photos, videos, and reviews – so let’s get to them. As usual, click on images for best viewing.

Roscoe Beck and Leonard Cohen

Rafael Gayol

See Leonard Cohen On Stage, And Die

I rarely include foreign language reviews because of the damage all too frequently inflicted by the automated translations on which I must rely. In this case, however, I believe the basic intent of the writer survives the Google translation:

Leonard Cohen or the unspeakable lesson in a “songwriter” to the supreme elegance1
By Virginia Board

Rise because Mr Cohen comes on stage. … Be led away by the charm of pretty sisters Webb, …  the density of exchanged glances on stage, full of goodness, kindness, transcribed on two giant screens. And above all, his voice trembling, his “golden voice,” his baritone voice intact, deep, which soothes, envelope.

“We’ll give everything we’ve got tonight,” promised Leonard Cohen, in his magnificent 76 years and postures elegantissima. Everything is huge for a life and a work so rich: a lot of pleasures of the flesh (Chelsea Hotel), sore Love (Is not no cure for love, I’m your man), disappointments course (Dance Me to the End of Love), an insatiable quest for freedom (Bird on a wire) and redemption (The Future), Leonard Cohen, as always in itself, seems in perpetual prayer. Words have meaning as it has been translated on the screen for Francophones, even if the public Zenith last night was very English. Everyone has heard the regrets, the messages to God, the disillusionment of the “old man” québequois of folk, Jewish faith, a Buddhist monk for fifteen years.

What explains the intense emotion that gripped the greater metropolitan theater? The perfect sound, antique, exquisite arrangements and colorful – a work of craftsmanship – guitars, Barcelona for one, rhythms, organ? The keyword density of a figure so large international music? The quaint charm, class a crazy old man? His transcendental Hallelujah, The Partisan’s powerful, his true and Susan? Zenith de Lille shuddered all over, in unison, recalling the many times, was moved to tears, as illuminated by the lesson of a master.

See Leonard Cohen on stage, and die.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne (Lille 9/25/2010)

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Leonard Cohen and Bob Metzger

Neil Larsen

Charlie and Hattie Webb

Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2 (Lille 9/25/2010)

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Dino Soldo

Javier Mas

Credit Due Department: Photos by Maarten “Sleep Is For Wimps”  Massa.  I was alerted to the review quoted above by a post on LeonardCohenForum by rpan.

  1. Leonard Cohen or the unspeakable lesson in a “songwriter” to the supreme elegance by Virginia Board. La Voix du Nord 26 Sept 2010 []

2 Responses to Leonard Cohen September 25, 2010 Lille Concert – Videos, Photos, Review

  1. Oh why not post it in the original French:

    Voir Leonard Cohen sur scène, et mourir.

    Or better yet, plug the phrase into google translate’s English to French option and listen to it in French. *sigh* (No, I don”t speak French, but isn’t it the language of love–or maybe even Love and Hate?)
    I was told by m-l, a French-speaking historical linguist who hangs out at languagehat.com, that LC has quite good French, as do many Canadian anglophones. (I once posted one of your video links over there, DrHGuy.)

    And “transcribed on two giant screens”??!? He must do his own French translations, yes? They must be available….

  2. i could have been there