Re-Viva Las Vegas 2 – More Of The 2009 Leonard Cohen Las Vegas Concert

Psyching Up For The Final Show Of World Tour

In anticipation of the December 11, 2010 Leonard Cohen Las Vegas show that will end the three year World Tour, Heck Of A Guy is republishing more material featuring last year’s concert at Caesar’s Palace. (Also see Re-Viva Las Vegas – Leonard Cohen To Return For Final Show Of World Tour)

Leonard Cohen, His Musicians, & Fred Take Caesars Palace


And I thank you for those items that you sent me
The monkey and the plywood violin
I practiced every night, now I’m ready
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

From First We Take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen

Fred, shown cradled in the Cohen cuddle in the above screenshot, is the LeonardCohenForum mascot monkey – obviously. After making sporadic appearances on the Tour bus, at various venues, and, occasionally in concert, Fred debuted at Caesar’s Palace during First We Take Manhattan (at the 5 minute mark of the video).

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan (Las Vegas, 11/12/2009)

Video from arlenedick15

The Heck Of A Guy Alternative – The Sublime Web Mistresses

While Caesars Palace has done an adequate job promoting the Cohen performance, I prefer the version set forth in First We Take Manhattan, Then We Go Vegas – The Leonard Cohen Girls! Girls! Girls! Las Vegas Revue


Leonard Cohen World Tour – Playing The Odds In Las Vegas

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

From “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen

Heck Of A Guy has obtained, from a mid-level manager at a regional advertising agency, whose child has now been returned to him, safe and sound, information about plans for positioning the Leonard Cohen Las Vegas concert to enhance its attraction to potential ticket-buyers in the local market.

Webb Sisters Sublime In Latex

The theme, touted in the marketing memos as “classic, classy cabaret,” is apparent in the alterations made in the portion of the show featuring the Sublime Webb Sisters” – who will be presented at the Las Vegas gig as the “Sublime Webb Mistresses.” The tentative script for Cohen’s introduction of them begins, “Confuse them with the Sisters Of Mercy at your own risk – they are the … ”

Their customized for Vegas version of “If It Be Your Will” – renamed for the occasion, “That’s ‘If It Be Our Will,’ Biatch” – will be the first performance of that song to feature handcuffs, a variety of leather implements, battery cables, and a volunteer from the audience.1


  1. Hattie’s harp is apparently still part of the act but, according to a stagehand who has witnessed one of the secret rehearsals, “It isn’t the harp getting plucked, if you know what I mean.” []

One response to “Re-Viva Las Vegas 2 – More Of The 2009 Leonard Cohen Las Vegas Concert

  1. Great article and video-hope this isn’t the final show of all time.