Tour Reviews and Other Memories from
LEONARD COHEN WORLD TOUR Spring/Summer 2008

May 18, 2008
Charlottetown, PE, Canada
Confederation Centre

Set List for May 18
The Guardian review & photo
Fan reports

May 20 & 21, 2008
Glace Bay, NS, Canada
Savoy Theatre
Set List for May 20
Set List for May 21
YouTube
Fan reports

May 23, 2008
Moncton, NB, Canada
Capitol Theatre
Set List for May 23
Chronique du Monde review & photos
YouTube




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Charlottetown, PE, Canada

Set List - May 18, 2008

Per NickM on The Leonard Cohen Forum

First Set

Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Ain't No Cure For Love
Bird On The Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Anthem

Second Set

Tower Of Song
Suzanne
Gypsy Wife
Boogie Street
Hallelujah
Democracy
I'm Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (recital)
Take This Waltz

First Encore

Heart With No Companion
So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan

Second Encore

That Don't Make It Junk
Closing Time

Final Encore

I Tried to Leave You











Charlottetown, PE, Canada

Electricity fills Confederation Centre as Cohen brings his fans to their feet

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - May 20, 2008 by Doug Gallant
(Guardian photo by Brian McInnis)

Leonard Cohen has not mounted a major tour in close to 15 years.

That's a long time to be away from those who love you.

But to quote Cohen himself, there ain't no cure for love.

And no one was looking for one Sunday night when the first leg of a tour that will eventually take Cohen to 14 countries brought him to the stage of Confederation Centre in Charlottetown.

That this was to be a truly special evening for many people became apparent the minute one stepped into the centre's lower foyer. You could feel the electricity in the air.

You could feel the nervous anticipation of fans who'd waited their whole life for the opportunity to see this man on stage. They began to applaud Cohen as soon as the house lights went down, before he had so much as set foot on stage.

And when the now 73-year-old icon emerged from the wings with his band the audience rose to their feet as one and stayed there for two solid minutes.

They would rise to their feet again and again and again throughout the evening as Cohen, drawing from four decades of recordings, treated his audience to moving performances of Ain't No Cure For Love, Everybody Knows, Bird On The Wire, Hallelujah, Suzanne and more than a dozen other classic offerings.

There were songs from virtually every period of his career, so whether you tuned in to Cohen in the late '60s when Suzanne gave him his first major international success or didn't discover him until something as recent as In My Secret Life or A Thousand Kisses Deep from 2001's Ten Songs, there was something in Sunday night's set list for you.

The Montreal-born poet, songwriter and singer of some of our most beloved songs embraced Sunday's audience with almost the same enthusiasm and affection with which they had welcomed him.

More than once he stopped the show to say how honoured he was to play for them and how happy he was to be here.

He stopped the show as well to pay tribute to Island poet Milton Acorn, whom he admired greatly, and urged anyone not familiar with Acorn to read his works.

Cohen, who looked dapper in a double-breasted suit and a smart fedora, gave his audience everything it hoped for and more.

It's not hard to understand why some four decades after he began reading his poetry in the coffee houses of Montreal that Cohen is still held in such high regard.

In addition to being a songwriter whose mastery of the written word is almost without equal in contemporary pop music, he is a remarkably charismatic figure on stage, enormously charming, gracious, engaging and at times very funny.

He also knows how to pick a band. The lineup he assembled for this tour features such primo players as guitarist Bob Metzger, keyboard player Neil Larsen, bandurria player Javier Mas, sax player Dino Soldo, drummer Rafael Gayol and bass player Roscoe Beck, who also served as his musical director.

His back-up trio is likewise talent heavy, with long-time singer and collaborator Sharon Robinson sharing the microphone with the British-born vocal duo of Charley and Hattie Webb.

Sunday night's performance was one Cohen fans here will cherish for a long time to come. And with good reason.











Charlottetown, PE, Canada

Fan Photos & reports

Photos by Chris Payne on The Leonard Cohen Files.

    

Thumbnails from an amazing gallery of 52 photos from the concert by Chris.
See them all here.


Discuss the tour and read fan reviews on The Leonard Cohen Forum and in French on the Leonard Cohen Forum (French site).









Glace Bay, NS, Canada

Set List - May 20, 2008

Per Watchman on The Leonard Cohen Forum

First Set

Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Ain't No Cure For Love
Bird On The Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Anthem

Second Set

Tower Of Song
Suzanne
Gypsy Wife
Boogie Street
Hallelujah
Democracy
I'm Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (recital)
Take This Waltz

First Encore

Heart With No Companion
So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan

Second Encore

That Don't Make It Junk
Closing Time

Final Encore

I Tried to Leave You











Glace Bay, NS, Canada

Set List - May 21, 2008

Per kindave on The Leonard Cohen Forum

First Set

Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Ain't No Cure For Love
Bird On The Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Anthem

Second Set

Tower Of Song
Suzanne
Gypsy Wife
Boogie Street
Hallelujah
Democracy
I'm Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (recital)
Take This Waltz

First Encore

Heart With No Companion
So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan

Second Encore

That Don't Make It Junk
Closing Time

Final Encore

I Tried to Leave You











Glace Bay, NS, Canada

Fan Photos & reports

Photos by Chad Aucoin on The Leonard Cohen Files.

Discuss the tour and read fan reviews on The Leonard Cohen Forum and in French on the Leonard Cohen Forum (French site).









Moncton, NB, Canada

Set List - May 23, 2008

Per k-e-t on The Leonard Cohen Forum

First Set

Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Ain't No Cure For Love
Bird On The Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Anthem

Second Set

Tower Of Song
Suzanne
Gypsy Wife
Boogie Street
Hallelujah
Democracy
I'm Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (recital)
Take This Waltz

First Encore

Heart With No Companion
So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan

Second Encore

That Don't Make It Junk
Closing Time

Final Encore

I Tried to Leave You











Moncton, NB, Canada

ENGLISH VERSION.

Leonard Cohen à Moncton : un spectacle parfait!!!

Chronique du Monde - May 25, 2008 by Carol Doucet (Photos: Carol Doucet)

Vendredi 23 mai 2008, Théâtre Capitol, Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick : J'ai vu un spectacle de Leonard Cohen !!! Quand j'ai reçu en cadeau de ma sæur mon premier lecteur de disque compact il y a de cela plusieurs plusieurs années, la première chose que j'ai faite a été d'acheter mon premier album de Leonard Cohen : ses grands succès. Il m'a fallu quelques semaines avant que je fasse d'autres achats de CD, donc vous pouvez imaginer comment par cæur je connaissais les grands succès de Cohen !!! à cette époque, jamais je n'aurais pu imaginer que ce grand homme, un de mes artistes favoris, viendrait chanter chez-moi un jour !

Mais c'est arrivé. Et quelle soirée ce fut ! On me dit toujours que j'ai tendance à en mettre un peu trop et à être sur-enthousiaste, mais là, je n'exagère pas, ça a été le plus beau spectacle de ma vie. Même les deux spectacles de Chris de Burgh que j'ai vus ne battent pas cette soirée Cohen. Quel homme ! Quel artiste ! Quelle générosité !

Pourquoi j'ai adoré ce spectacle ?

1 - Il commence son spectacle en français. Et plusieurs fois pendant la soirée, il a soit récité de ses poèmes en français, traduit certains bouts de textes de ses chansons en français ou bien s'est tout simplement adressé à la foule en français. Cela en soit est assez impressionnant.

2 - Il a chanté pratiquement tous ses grands succès. Génial. Il ne s'est pas contenté de faire uniquement ses plus récentes chansons, comme bien des grandes vedettes font lorsqu'ils sont en tournée. Cohen, lui, nous a fait le cadeau de la plupart de ses plus belles chansons : Take this waltz, Suzanne, So long Marianne, Who by fire, Hallelujah, First we take Manhattan, I'm your man, Ain't no cure for love, Bird on a wire, Everybody knows...

3 - Il a chanté pendant près de trois heures. Il a fait 8 ou 9 chansons en rappel. Il n'a pas montré de signe de fatigue malgré ses 74 ans. Il avait autant d'énergie et de beaux sourires à la fin qu'au début du spectacle.

4 - Il est généreux. Combien de fois pendant la soirée nous a-t-il présenté les neuf musiciens qui l'accompagnaient ? Au moins trois fois il a présenté tout le groupe, en prenant le temps de bien parler de chacun, et tout au long de la soirée, lorsqu'un musicien ou une choriste faisait un solo, il le ou la présentait ! Et à chaque fois qu'un membre de son équipe technique avançait sur la scène pour changer sa guitare ou bouger son clavier, il le remerciait sincèrement.

5 - Il a une voix exceptionnelle, toujours aussi belle depuis plus de 40 ans de scène, et il écrit des textes et des mélodies comme peu de gens peuvent le faire. Il est un de nos plus grands poètes.

6 - La salle de spectacle du Théâtre Capitol est magnifique. Le son ce soir-là était vraiment parfait. Nous pouvions comprendre sans faire aucun effort toutes les paroles de Leonard Cohen. Les musiciens étaient excellents ; on ne se lassait pas de les regarder jouer leurs instruments. Que de talent ! Que d'expérience sur scène !

7 - Leonard Cohen avait l'air autant heureux de se donner en spectacle que nous étions de le voir. Nous aimons ses chansons et il est évident qu'il les aime aussi, encore, après autant d'années. Il vit à fond chacune des chansons qu'il interprète. On peut presque sentir ce qu'il ressentait quand il a mis sur papier pour la première fois chacune des paroles.

Est-ce que je vous ai convaincus qu'il s'agissait bel et bien du meilleur spectacle de ma vie ? Sinon, je ne saurais quoi dire de plus. Ah oui, avant même qu'il ne commence son show, il a eu droit à une longue ovation, et la même chose s'est produite une douzaine de fois au cours de la soirée ! Minimum 12 fois. Du jamais vu ! Qu'est-ce que j'ai fait tout le reste de la fin de semaine ? J'ai écouté des CD de Leonard Cohen.



Translated by Google Translate

Leonard Cohen in Moncton: a perfect show!

Friday, May 23, 2008, Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB: I saw a performance of Leonard Cohen! When I received a gift from my sister my first compact disc player that there are several more years, the first thing I did was to buy my first album of Leonard Cohen: its great success. It took me a few weeks before I make additional purchases of CDs, so you can imagine how I knew by heart the great success of Cohen! At that time, I never would have imagined that this great man, one of my favorite artists, come sing with me one day!

But it happened. And what was this evening! I have always said that I tend to save a little too much and to be over-enthusiastic, but then I do not exaggerate, it was the best performance of my life. Even the two shows Chris de Burgh I have seen do not fight this evening Cohen. What man! What artist! What generosity!

Why I loved this show?

1 - He started his show in french. And several times during the evening, he is recited his poems in french, translated some bits of texts of his songs in french or had simply addressed the crowd in french. It is is quite impressive.

2 - He sang almost all its great success. Awesome. He did not merely give only his most recent songs, like many major stars are when they are on tour. Cohen, however, gave us the gift of most of his best songs: Take this waltz, Suzanne, So Long Marianne, Who by fire, Hallelujah, First we take Manhattan, I'm your man, Is not no cure for love, Bird on a wire, Everybody knows ...

3 - He sang for nearly three hours. He made 8 or 9 songs rappelling. He showed no sign of fatigue despite his 74 years. He had so much energy and beautiful smiles at the end than the beginning of the show.

4 - It is generous. How many times during the evening we have presented the nine musicians who accompanied him? At least three times he presented the entire group, taking the time to talk about each and throughout the evening, when a musician or vocalist was a solo, he or presented! And whenever a member of its technical team progressed to the stage to change his guitar or move his keyboard, thanking him sincerely.

5 - He has a unique voice, always as beautiful for over 40 years of stage, and he wrote texts and melodies as few people can do it. He is one of our greatest poets.

6 - The theater of the Capitol Theatre is magnificent. The sound that night was really perfect. We could understand without making any effort all the words of Leonard Cohen. The musicians were excellent and it does not tired of watching them play their instruments. What talent! That experience on stage!

7 - Leonard Cohen had the air all happy to give a spectacle that we were to see it. We love his songs and it is obvious that he loves, even after so many years. He lives in depth each of songs he interpreter. You can almost smell what he felt when he put on paper for the first time each of words.

Have I convinced you it was indeed the best performance of my life? Otherwise, I would not know what else to say. Ah yes, even before he starts his show, he enjoyed a long standing ovation, and the same thing happened a dozen times during the evening! Minimum 12 times. Unheard of! What did I do the rest of the weekend? I listened to CDs of Leonard Cohen.


Thanks to Patrice Clos of the French Leonard Cohen Site for providing this article.







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