About That 2012 Leonard Cohen Concert Schedule
Scott Panco, a vigilant Heck Of A Guy reader, forwarded me the link to Viagogo, a site ostensibly selling tickets to Leonard Cohen concerts scheduled for October and November 2012 in Denmark. The graphic atop this post (click on image to enlarge) is a screen capture of a portion of that web page. A survey this morning reveals the same tickets are being offered on many sites, all of which appear to link back to Viragogo.
In the Wikipedia entry (which sounds, to those as cynical as DrHGuy, as though it might have been written by a Viagogo staffer), Viagogo is described as
… an online ticket exchange for buying and selling live event tickets. Established in August 2006, viagogo is now Europe’s largest online ticket marketplace operating local language websites in 26 countries with headquarters in London.
Vigagogo’s self-description follows:
Viagogo is an online ticket exchange that allows people to buy and sell live event tickets in a safe and guaranteed way.
A quick search revealed only a handful of complaints about the service, most of which focused on high fees.
On The Other Hand
Although the Viagogo site appears legit, there is a rather huge fly in this cyber-ointment: this schedule has Leonard Cohen playing 26 concerts at the same venue from Oct 19 to Nov 19, 2012, a theater in Frederiksberg, Denmark, which is the fifth largest Danish city1 and home to the tallest residential structure in Denmark and the second tallest residential building in Scandinavia.
That would represent a significant shift in the touring modus operandi of the Godfather Of Cool. 2
What’s with the Vigagogo ticket offer? Obviously, it’s a mistake – in part or in toto. It could be a straightforward error or a hoax. Or it could be a preliminary draft with erroneously venues that was accidentally released. Or, …
The many charms of Frederiksberg notwithstanding, DrHGuy is not immediately wiring the $700+ required to purchase the tickets for himself and The Duchess to those folks at Vigagogo. He will, however, be keeping an eye on the site for future developments – just in case.
Update: Possible Source Of Misunderstanding Found
After some tangential Googling, I found Aarhus Teater indtager København, an excerpt from which (translated into English by Google) seems the likely source of the above story:
How to describe Morten Daugbjerg, press coordinator at Aarhus Theatre, a new collaboration between the provincial scene in Aarhus and the illustrious Aveny-T in Frederiksberg, which next year in August again opens its doors with the controversial theatrical man Jon Stephensen as theater manager.
At a press conference today at Aveny-T lifted the veil parties for cooperation which ensures the future of Aarhus Theatre, a permanent stage in the capital. The first idea that takes the tour of ‘Kattegat bridge” is Leonard Cohen concert theater, which will premiere in Aarhus 11th November this year.
Alas, “Leonard Cohen Concert Theater,” a theater production featuring Leonard Cohen’s songs covered in Danish, is not equivalent to “Leonard Cohen Performing In Concert At The Theater.” The site promotes the latter but sells the former (the result of a misunderstanding, one assumes). A video ad for the Danish production follows.