Evoking The Leonard Cohen Las Vegas Experience With Words
For anyone interested in how it felt to attend the two Las Vegas concerts that ended the Leonard Cohen World Tour, the review to read is the one by Lisa Kline (aka LisaLCFan) an unabashed faithful follower of Leonard Cohen and the kind of woman who wears her unified heart on her sleeve.
I’ve pasted a few excerpts below; the entire piece, rich in data enhanced by the author’s personal emotional reaction, can be viewed at Re: Concert Reports: Las Vegas, Nevada, December 10 & 11, 2010
“Bird on the Wire” was very poignant, at that point near the end of the song when Leonard and the band go silent just before the last verse, you could have heard a pin drop in the auditorium, there was not a single sound, it was like an empty room, it was almost eerie how totally silent it was for that moment! …
In “I’m Your Man,” Leonard was cheeky and sexy and the audience went nuts, and I think there was a big standing ovation after that …
One great thing about the Las Vegas concerts was that Leonard gave his farewell speech on the Friday night, so that Saturday night could be more upbeat. I didn’t feel sad after Friday’s show, since I had Saturday to look forward to, and so I was just very happy, and it was such an incredible performance anyway. And then on Saturday, Leonard gave such a spirited, enthusiastic, happy performance, that I didn’t feel sad on that night either, since he ended on such a high note, I couldn’t help but feel uplifted by his performance. It was really special and incredible and beautiful, and I’m so glad that I was able to be there.
Another Worthy Example Of Devotion To Leonard Cohen – Choosing A Leonard Cohen Concert Over A Testicular Facial
While I am taken with Lisa Kline’s report, I admit to being – well, let’s go with “impressed” – I am impressed with the description provided by Aunt Becky, Blogger In Chief of Mommy Wants Vodka, in yesterday’s post, Viva Lux e Tenebris Lucet, of her take on the December 10, 2010 Leonard Cohen Las Vegas concert. The following excerpt focuses on her decision to attend the show. I am especially impressed with the opening line which delineates the sacrifice she was willing to make to hear Cohen sing “Anthem.”
While the rest of my group went to a male strip club with the express purpose of having testicles placed on their face, I went out by myself. On a Friday night. To a concert.
A Leonard COHEN concert.
Don’t know who Leonard Cohen is? He’s a hippie singer/songwriter/poet who is probably best known for singing Hallelujah. But since my parents are depressing old hippies, I’ve been listening to his music since I was in utero. I’ve been anxious to see him perform for years. Even if it made me suicidal.
When I saw he was in Vegas, I realized that it was now or motherfucking never.
It was now.
Videos – Band Introductions and Chelsea Hotel #2
Leonard Cohen – Band Introductions (Las Vegas 12/11/2010)
For those aficionados of the Saga Of Rafael Bernardo Gayol, Cohen’s rendition of the path taken by the percussionist from “Laying it down” to murder, imprisonment, recruitment by the Aryan Brotherhood, conversion to and excommunication from Judaism, and subsequent residence in a halfway house for broken vegetarians, all to prepare him for his role as “The Prince, The Priest of Passionate Precision” in “the quietest band in rock and roll,” begins at the 3:03 mark.
Video from albertnoonan
Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2 (Las Vegas12/11/2010)
Video from albertnoonan
The Leonard Cohen Las Vegas Video Montage – Shameless Self-Promotion In The Service Of Enlightenment
If you haven’t seen it yet, my own video featuring images associated with those Las Vegas shows set to the music of “Closing Time” as performed at the final December 11, 2010 concert captures many of the shows’ high points and has earned some treasured accolades from those in attendance.
The major sources of the contents of this video can be reviewed at Video Montage Of Final Leonard Cohen World Tour Las Vegas Concerts
Credit Due Department: The marvelously glitzy, unmistakably Las Vegas Signs Of Leonard Cohen entry atop this post is from Gwen Langford’s (aka musicmania at LeonardCohenForum) Leonard Cohen, Caesars Palace 10/12/10 Gallery.