Entries tagged with: Leonard Cohen
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Leonard Cohen @ Radio City Music Hall 4/6/2013
On the first night of a two-night stand at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday (April 6), Leonard Cohen -- singer-songwriter, poet, living legend -- promised the sold-out audience that he and his band would give everything they had. And though it's a line he breaks out at nearly every show, over the course of the next three hours, he and his stellar backing band did precisely that.
In a mix of old hits and new songs from last year's Old Ideas, Cohen, decked out in dark suit and fedora, crooned from his knees on several occasions and even skipped across the stage as he exited and entered between two full sets sets and two three-song encores; both maneuvers belying his 78 years. "I ache in the places I used to play," he sang on "Tower of Song." "I was born like this / I had no choice / I was born with the gift of a golden voice."
That golden voice is a bit deeper and more gravelly than before but his delivery was impeccable and the audience was rapt during "Suzanne" and especially his spoken-word version of "A Thousand Kisses Deep."
During the first intermission a friend who was at the show said that he was thinking of the eulogies for the late Roger Ebert and how all of them referenced his belief that (paraphrasing here) "where words and images can lie, emotions are always true."
And that observation fit on the evening. Who in attendance had not been stirred at some point by a Leonard Cohen song? That answer, most likely, not many.
"Hallelujah" was the fitting emotional high point met with enthusiastic applause and then a standing ovation at its conclusion several minutes later.
All along his rich baritone was balanced by his background singers, long-time collaborator Sharon Robinson, and Charley and Hattie Webb, musically known as The Webb Sisters. Cohen returned to spoken-word form as he introduced Robinson's gorgeous turn at lead vocals on "Alexandra Leaving" and the Webb Sisters on "If It Be Thy Will."
And the stellar group of musicians Cohen has assembled were all given several opportunities to shine as Cohen would remove his fedora in reverence, step into the shadow and the spotlight would find the soloist taking his turn, be it Neil Larsen on the Hammond B-3, music director Roscoe Beck on the upright bass ("veteran and victim," quipped Cohen of their 30-plus years performing together) or Javier Mas on bandurria. Mitch Watkins on electric guitar, Alexandru Bublitchi on violin and Rafael Gayol on drums rounded out the band and all deserve recognition. In his return to Radio City the night belonged to Mr. Cohen but his band gets credit for transforming the evening into something close to magical.
check out the yellow alerts on the right...
Like many of you, we spend an inordinate amount of time on Ticketmaster here at BV, getting ticket links and trying to figure out whether or not a show is sold out. The latter used to be a real pain, actually having to go through the Captcha process to see whether tickets were still available. But no more. In what is maybe the most helpful, long-overdue feature to be implemented on TM, they now have a little yellow exclamation point alert by shows that have either "NO TICKETS RIGHT NOW" or "NOT MANY LEFT" which you can see above.
Ticketmaster has also been tweaking the Captcha process, using actual phrases (sometimes branded ones) instead of smudgy nonsense words. (Sometimes you have answer a question via a pulldown menu.) One thing that hasn't changed: service charges.
P.S. as you can see from the picture above (if they are to be believed), there aren't many tickets left for Leonard Cohen's upcoming run at Radio City!
Leonard Cohen at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Tickets for the Leonard Cohen show at Radio City go on Fan Club and VIP Package presale today (1/11) at 9 AM. AmEx presale starts Monday (1/14) at 9 AM, AEG/Venue/Radio presales start Thursday (1/17) at 9 AM, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 18 at 9 AM. VIP Packages go on sale on 1/18 at 9 AM too.
Leonard Cohen at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen made a great return last year with his new album, Old Ideas, and a massive tour that brought him to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. He's now set to follow that with an international tour in 2013 that brings him back to NYC for a show on April 6 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
A list of all dates (including a Wallingford, CT show) and the video for "Show Me The Place" below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Leonard Cohen @ Barclays Center, 12/20/2012
Leonard Cohen was incredibly grateful to be in Brooklyn last night, and if he were a less-classy gentleman, he might have made one of those "at my age I'm lucky to be anywhere" jokes. But of course, the 78-year-old is one of most dapper, graceful performers alive, so he showed his gratitude by repeatedly thanking the crowd, his band and what seemed like most of his crew, from sound engineer to rigger.Canadian music legend Leonard Cohen wrapped up his 2012 tour at the Barclays' center on Thursday night (12/20). Like at MSG a couple days prior, Leonard's set was nearly three hours and 30 songs long, including two encores.
His trademark fedora almost permanently pulled down to his eyes, Cohen delivered an unforgettable evening at the Barclays Center, performing 29 songs over three hours without breaking stride. He skipped onstage at the beginning of both sets and both encores, dropped down to his knees almost as many times as he said "thank you," and made more than a few references to ladies-man persona. -[Spinner]
More pics from the show are below, along with the setlist...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen landed in NYC for his first of two shows here last night (12/18), when he played Madison Square Garden. He played a 29-song set with songs from his entire career -- classics like "Suzanne," "So Long, Marianne," "Bird on the Wire," and "Famous Blue Raincoat," his hugely iconic "Hallelujah," and some tracks off of his year end list appearing 2012 LP, Old Ideas, in addition to many more.
Leonard will do it again on Thursday (12/20) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pics and the setlist from last night, below...
Several times during Leonard Cohen's epic and enveloping show at the Citi Wang Theatre Saturday night, the legendary singer-songwriter would sing one of his famous, devastatingly precise couplets and the audience would break into applause.Canadian national treasure and all-around music legend Leonard Cohen is still going strong at 78, having released the widely-acclaimed Old Ideas this year that ended up on Best of 2012 lists from Rolling Stone, The AV Club, Q and more. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below via Rdio.
If the crowd had applauded every time Cohen's poetic eloquence was displayed, it would've meant a nonstop ovation for almost the entirety of the 3-hour-plus performance. That might've been distracting but it would've been understandable given how deep his gift for expression runs and how impeccably it was brought to life by the man and his superb band.
At 78, it would make sense, even be expected, that Cohen would move a little slower or play for less time. But the opposite was true. The spry Cohen -- cutting a natty figure in black suit and fedora as did most of his band -- literally skipped about the stage, went down on his knees frequently, and played more than two dozen songs, ambitiously covering the ground between his 1967 debut and this year's "Old Ideas." - [Boston Globe]
Leonard's current tour, which hit Boston over the weekend (review above), wraps up here in NYC with two shows: Madison Square Garden tonight (12/18) and Barclays Center on Thursday (12/20). Tickets are still available for both shows.
Album stream is below.
As you may remember, Brooklyn old time folk revivalists Spirit Family Reunion released their debut album over the summer and sounds more like something from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack than something from their NYC borrough in 2012. You can stream the whole thing below. The band recently appeared on long-running NPR show Mountain Stage (taped in West Virginia) alongside Dr. Dog, the Mountain Goats, Nellie McKay, and Red Wanting Blue and that episode airs this week, check here for a station near you and look for the episode to go up on their archive next week.
Meanwhile, Spirit Family Reunion have a few live shows coming up, including New Year's Eve in NYC, playing Pianos with Christopher Paul Stelling. Tickets are $15 and include a champagne toast at midnight.
The band were also kind enough to send us their Top 10 LPs of 2012 and if you're expecting a bunch of Bill Monroe reissues on the list, you'd be wrong. Their list includes Ty Segall and Leonard Cohen who maybe they're going to see tonight at Madison Square Garden? Check out their full list below, along with a stream of their album and a list of all upcoming tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Deer Tick's three-week Brooklyn Bowl residency begins TONIGHT (12/5). As mentioned, they'll be performng different albums and EPs in full at the three shows. Unfortunately no War Elephant (which they recently performed at a Newport Folk Fest afterparty), but we will get:
12.05.12 Born on Flag Day + More Fuel for the Fire EPDoors for each show are at 8pm, and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil opens each show with a solo set. Other openers include Hollis Brown on 12/5, Viking Moses in 12/12, and Alex Bleeker on 12/19. Deer Tick's other upcoming shows include the Capitol Theater with My Morning Jacket and Maxwell's. They're all listed below.
12.12.12 The Black Dirt Sessions + Holy Shit it's Christmas EP
12.19.12 Divine Providence + Tim EP
Ian O'Neil, like many of our favorite artists before him, told us what his favorite albums of 2012 were. His list includes his recent tour-mates Turbo Fruits, his old band Titus Andronicus (who headlined Webster Hall this week), and legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse (who played Barclays Center this week). Check it out in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).
Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
The long list for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been revealed. It includes Leonard Cohen, Cold Specks, Drake, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Japandroids, The Weeknd, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and more. Check out the full list below. Who's your money on?
Leonard Cohen at Red Rocks in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
As mentioned, Leonard Cohen released his first album in eight years this year and will tour North America in late fall to support it. That tour includes the previously discussed NYC shows on December 18 at Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn's December 20 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows go on sale today (5/18) at noon.
We're also giving away a pair of tickets to Leonard's shows in the following cities: NYC, Brooklyn, Austin, Chicago, LA, and San Jose. Details on how to enter to win tickets to shows in any of the above cities are below, along with a list of all dates.
Leonard Cohen @ Red Rocks, 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
After returning to the stage in 2008 and going on to headline Madison Square Garden, Leonard Cohen has announced his return one again, and it just keeps getting bigger. Dubbed part the "Old Ideas World Tour 2012", a set of North American dates have been announced in support of his new album. Kicking of in Austin on Halloween, LC will end things in NYC this winter with not just a December 18 Madison Square Garden show, but one on December 20 at the new Barclays Center as well! Tickets for Canadian dates go On sale starting May 11 and U.S. dates go on sale starting May 18.
LC joins Rush, Andrea Bocelli and Jay-Z on a list of artists scheduled to play the Barclays Center so far.
All dates are listed below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Bill Callahan @ the Allen Room - 2/8/2012
Following performances by a diversity of musicians including Keren Ann and Thurston Moore, Bill Callahan continued Lincoln Center's 2012 American Songbook Series last night (2/8) at the Allen Room, a show Mr. Callahan said seemed like an appropriate finale to his "Apocalyspe Tour." Here are some pictures.
tUnE-yArDs plays the series tonight (2/9).
In other news, Bill Callahan recently covered Leonard Cohen's great ""So Long Marianne" for a MOJO Magazine covers CD. Listen to that, with more pictures from the NYC show, below...
Leonard Cohen is releasing his first album since 2004's Dear Heather this month. The album, titled Old Ideas, comes out January 31 via Columbia (currently up for pre-order at Leonard Cohen's webstore). That's the cover art above. Towards the end of last year, he revealed the piano-led, "Show Me the Place." He followed that with the album's second single, "Darkness," a smokey blues tune that fits eerily well with Cohen's aged voice. The most recent offering from the album is the whispered ballad, "Going Home," which The New Yorker posted along with a poem, which is also the song's lyrics. Listen to all three songs and check out the album's full tracklist, below...
Eclectic rocker Neil Young, who has made no secret of his disdain for the Grammys, finally won a coveted trophy on Sunday for the first time in a career spanning almost 50 years.Kings of Leon won three. MGMT won none. Loudon Wainwright, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Steve Martin (bluegrass), and Michael J Fox all won Grammys. Phoenix won for best Alternative Music Album. David Byrne & Brian Eno's CD won for 'Recording Package'. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Les Paul and Michael Jackson were honored. Stephen Colbert won in the comedy category which came later in the show than his iPad bit. Video of that with the full list of winners below...
Fittingly, the Canadian singer/songwriter was honored for a long-delayed boxed set collecting more than 120 tracks from his early days.
"Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" won the Grammy for best art direction on a boxed or special limited-edition package. Young, 64, shared the award with fellow art directors Gary Burden and Jenice Heo.
"Thanks a lot, everybody," Young said as he accepted his statuette.
He also competed for best solo rock vocal Grammy but lost to Bruce Springsteen, whose career total rose to 20.
On Friday he was honored by the music industry at its annual MusiCares charity fundraiser in recognition of his annual concerts for the Bridge School for disabled children.
The 10-disc "Archives" boxed set has been in the works for years, with Young frequently delaying its release so that technology could catch up with his vision. It boasts studio and live tracks, demos, outtakes and other rarities, as well as videos and the first digital release of his directing debut, "Journey Through the Past."
Fans have the choice of three configurations: CD, DVD and Blu-ray -- the most expensive at more than $200. [Reuters]
Little Leonard Cohen headlines the giant Madison Square Garden this evening (10/23). Van Morrison plays the smaller Theater on Sunday (10/25).
Van Morrison was actually scheduled to make an appearance in the bigger venue too this month, but...
The concerts celebrating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are right around the corner on 29 and 30 October at the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. There has been a change in the guest lineup for 30 October, the evening Eric Clapton is scheduled to perform. Van Morrison is no longer on the show. Buddy Guy will now be performing. Other special guests for Friday include Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Annie Lennox and Lenny Kravitz.Speaking of cancellations and Lenny Kravitz, Lenny's recently cancelled show at Irving Plaza was rescheduled for October 28th.
Beck.com underwent an overhaul over the summer. Among its new features is Record Club, "a regular meeting of various musicians to record an entire album in one day. Due to the time constraints involved in recording a record in a day, an album will be chosen to be covered and used as a framework for the proceedings. Nothing will be rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track from these sessions will be uploaded once a week on Beck.com, as well as through the web sites of those involved in the project."
The first album they did was The Velvet Underground & Nico. Guests showing up in the videos Beck is posting include Devendra Banhart, MGMT, Jamie Lidell Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy, and Nigel Godrich. Now they're working on the songs of Leonard Cohen. Check out those videos below (including "So Long, Marianne" with Devendra singing).
Leonard Cohen is about to kick off the final leg of his 2009 tour, the portion that brings him to Madison Square Garden on October 23rd. Tickets to the MSG show and other dates on the tour are still on sale (some dates may be sold out), and I have a pair of tickets to giveaway to every single show on the schedule. Videos below.
The singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is recovering after collapsing onstage in Spain. Mr. Cohen fainted during a performance of his song "Bird on the Wire" in Valencia on Friday night [September 18th], The Times of London reported. The concert was stopped, and Mr. Cohen, who turns 75 on Monday, was taken to a hospital. He was released early on Saturday after suffering from a stomach complaint, tour promoters said. He is expected to perform the last show of his Spanish tour in Barcelona on Monday before heading to Florida, where he is next due to perform on Oct. 17.[NY Times]Some are reporting that Friday night's incident was related to food poisoning.
Today, Monday, September 21st, is Leonard Cohen's 75th birthday. Happy birthday and stay in good health, Leonard! After wrapping the European leg of his tour today in Spain and playing a show in Israel on Thursday (9/24), Cohen will rest up for his Fall (no pun intended!) North American tour, which gets underway on October 17th. The tour comes to Madison Square Garden for a show on October 23rd. Tickets are still available (though selection is somewhat limited at this point).
A video of the incident in Valencia is posted below...