Entries tagged with: Leonard Cohen
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...
Leonard Cohen @ Red Rocks in June (more by Lori Baily)
Leonard Cohen is currently in the midst of a four night run in Dublin as part of his summer-long European/world tour. That trip picks up again in the fall with a series of US gigs that includes a show at NYC's Madison Square Garden on October 23rd! There's no ticket info yet.
He recently played NYC in May at Radio City Music Hall, as well as in February at the Beacon Theater. We also caught him at one of his last North American tour stops in June in Colorado.
One place Leonard Cohen won't be playing is Ramallah, where a scheduled gig was recently cancelled...
A Leonard Cohen concert planned in Ramallah on the West Bank in September has been cancelled after the artist became embroiled in a campaign to boycott Israel.All tour dates below...
The 74-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter announced he would perform in Tel Aviv as part of his world tour. The Ramallah date was added later, allegedly in response to pro-Palestinian campaigners who had tried to dissuade Cohen from appearing in Israel.
Now his Palestinian hosts have cancelled the West Bank concert, amid claims that the planned gig was a hollow attempt to "balance" performances.
"Ramallah will not receive Cohen as long as he is intent on whitewashing Israel's colonial apartheid regime by performing in Israel," the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) said in a statement. [Guardian UK]
photos by Lori Baily
"Something must have happened to Leonard Cohen these past several years, because the performance the man gave on Thursday was stronger, more confident and even better developed than he has often sounded on his records. At the outset, the ten-piece group, including Cohen, were dressed in dark colors and many were wearing hats. The show began immediately with "Dance Me to the End of Love," and it was obvious that Cohen had lost none of his emotive powers as a singer. If anything, he was able to hit incredibly low notes, especially during "In My Secret Life," that were a marvel to witness." [Denver Westword]Thursday night's show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre (rescheduled from Tuesday due to rain) marked the end of LC's 2009 North American tour. By no means was it his last show though. After a well-deserved month off, Leonard's currently scheduled itinerary has him all over the world until the end of September, Israel included.
"leonard is cooler than you are" [Anonymous]
Leonard Cohen @ Radio City Music Hall (iloveupstate)
This. Show. Was. Absolutely. Fucking. Phenomenal.The comment above refers to the first of two shows Leonard Cohen played at NYC's Radio City Music Hall this weekend (Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th). He played a nearly idential set both nights -- set lists, and videos from the shows, below.
This is a man that loves New York, and loves Radio City. The show started at 8:00 and ended at 11:25, with a 12-minute intermission. 3 plus hours, 3 encores, and major MAJOR appreciation and gratitude to Leonard for putting on his best show yet in New York. [Anon 4:17AM]
The shows came three months after Leonard's show at the Beacon Theater which marked the 74 year old's triumphant return to touring the United States.
"The RCH show was superior to the Beacon as the band played as a much tighter unit. Both were extremely great but I prefer the grand stage at RCHMH to the Beacon anyhow.In April, LC was one of the headliners at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA. Upcoming dates included Canada, Boston and Denver soon. Then he plays Europe and parts of Asia this summer. All scheduled dates, along with more Radio City stuff, below...
Best $70 I've spent in a long long time. Seriously one of the best concert experiences in the last 10 years for me." [smack]
tonight in NYC
* THIS WEEK IN INDIE
* Auditory Assault Festival
* The Proclaimers @ City Winery
* Bill Frisell Trio @ Village Vanguard
* Leonard Cohen @ Radio City Music Hall
* Local Correspondents Festival @ Bar 4
* Peaches, Drums of Death @ Webster Hall
* Brooklyn Folk Festival @ Jalopy Theater
* Children, Lapdog of Satan, Naam @ Union Pool
* Big Bang TV, Title Tracks, MOA @ Union Hall
* Metal Mountains, Steel City Boogie @ The Stone
* Dance Parade and Dancefest @ Tompkins Square Park
* McCoy Tyner Trio w/ Ravi Coltrane @ The Allen Room
* Dan Deacon, Future Islands @ Bowery Ballroom (late show)
* Dan Deacon, Teeth Mountain @ Bowery Ballroom (early show)
* Alana Amram and the Rough Gems, Uncle Monk @ Banjo Jim's
* Children, Barn Burner, Total Children Suicide @ Union Pool
* The Mother Hips, Hymns, Katy Mae, Ron Wax @ Mercury Lounge
* Peelander-Z, Uzuhi, The Back C.C.'s @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* People in Planes, Roman Candle, The Deep Vibration, Motel Motel @ Maxwell's
* Marc Ribot's B-day Week: Ceramic Dog, Young Philadelphians @ LPR
* Dopplereffekt, Kieran Hebden/Four Tet (DJ), Santiago Salazar (DJ) @ LPR
* NYC Popfest: hidden ghost balloon ship, the 1959 hat company, strega, springfactory @ Cake Shop
* No Fun 2009: Infinite Sound & Image w/ Jim O'Rourke, Robert Beatty, Sarah Lipstate, more @ New Museum
* NYC Popfest: The Radio Dept, Pants Yell!, Secret History, Eux Autres, Computer Perfection @ The Bell House
* No Fun Fest w/ Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond, Rafael Toral with C. Spencer Yeh, Trevor Tremaine, Sons of God, Pedestrian Deposit, Blank Dogs, Yellow Tears, Mattin, Pulse Emitter @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Coldplay is giving away a live album.
LC sings "Hallelujah" below...
"M.I.A. gave the main stage at Coachella her best shot. It just didn't work out.Plenty of fans did get on stage too - security was definitely not happy about it though. M.I.A. was playing in Amy Winehouse's place last night. The show didn't seem as bad (on the stream) as the above review makes it sound. Then came the Killers (still streaming as I type this actually) and Day Two of the three-day festival was over. Earlier in the day Glasvegas cancelled their set. What I saw of Beirut's performance on the stream sounded great.
After a strong start, a few hiccups, and a somewhat listless finale, the Grammy-nominated new mom declared at the end of her hour-long set in the desert that "next time I'm back in the tent."
"I want to be in the sweat," she said.
M.I.A. had performed twice in smaller tents at the music festival, in its tenth year and one of the nation's most prestigious.
She noted earlier, "I really don't know how to bring it on the main stage." And her live show staples--climbing on speakers, dancing body-to-body with the crowd--didn't quite fit the new digs. When she tried to bring some of the audience onstage Saturday night, security guards thwarted most fans.
M.I.A. ended up on a platform above the crowd performing "Bird Flu," and asked when it was over: "Can we get some order in the place? My baby's waiting." She gave birth to a son in February, a few days after the Grammys." [Times Standard]
Friday night Paul McCartney played "a two-and-a-half-hour performance of solo hits from the '70s, new songs released by his alter-ego the Fireman, plus 20 Beatles classics". Morrissey and Leonard Cohen played the same day.
Sunday is my favorite day. We'll have lots of pictures soon. In the meantime, below are more stills from the M.I.A. stream...
UPDATE: The above referenced the Friends and Family presale that ended Saturday morning. The password for the Fan Club presale that started at 10AM on Saturday is "jikan".
Tickets are on Friends and Family presale (@ 10 AM) for the May 16th Leonard Cohen show at Radio City Music Hall.
I think the password is JARKKO. There is also a 2nd presale at the same link that starts 24 hour later. The password for one of them might also be thisisnottherealone, but then again that last one spells out "This is not the real one", so it might mean what it says. If you know it, feel free to post in the comments. A second show is not on sale at all yet.
Tickets are still on sale for the show The Decemberists are playing at Radio City. Tickets go on sale (@ 10 AM) for the show The Decemberists are playing with Andrew Bird at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.
I've never heard a bad review of a Lez Zeppelin show. That's probably related to the reason the Led Zeppelin cover band is headlining a venue as big as Webster Hall on on May 14th. Tickets are on sale.
To accommodate overwhelming popular demand, AEG Live has announced the addition of a second Leonard Cohen show at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, May 17. This newly added second date follows the originally scheduled concert on Saturday, May 16, which attracted an incredible fan response when it was announced with an American Express early ticket on-sale last week. Audiences are clamoring for a chance to catch this intimate, superbly crafted concert as part of Cohen's 2009 North American Tour, featuring the singer/songwriter/poet, his acclaimed band, and a beloved catalog of music.A "friends and family" presale begins Friday at 10 AM for the May 16th Radio City show (the password might be
Tickets for both Radio City Music Hall shows-on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17-will go on sale beginning Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 10:00AM local time.... NPR is broadcasting select songs from Leonard Cohen's February 19th performance at New York's historic Beacon Theatre-his long-awaited first stateside performance in more than 15 years.
In related news, Ticketmaster can't get out of the news. To quote Reuters, "Ticketmaster settled with the state of New Jersey to resolve more than 2,000 complaints over how it had handled ticket sales for Bruce Springsteen concerts, and Canadians are now complaining about inflated prices to hear Leonard Cohen."
New shows have also been announced in Boston, Austin, Oakland, LA and Chicago. Videos from the Beacon Theatre show, and updated tour dates, below...
Public Enemy are celebrating Flavor Flav's 50th birthday at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Sunday March 15th. Tickets are on sale.
Seal (does anyone like Seal?) is playing Radio City Music Hall on April 16th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale.
A psychic looks into Lil Wayne's future, and 1965 footage of Tom Jones, in the videos below...
this picture is not from the Beacon show, but it looks similar
February 19, 2009 - New York, NY - As Leonard Cohen took to the historic Beacon Theatre stage Thursday in New York for his first stateside performance in fifteen years, AEG Live announced a run of North American engagements including nights in New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles and a sunset performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Tickets for some dates go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 27th, 2009 with additional on sale dates following on March 2nd and March 9th, 2009...There is nothing negative to say about Leonard Cohen's legendary 3+ hour performance at the restored Beacon Theatre last night. The man has stamina. You would never know he is 74 years old. His band (listed above) were all amazing, and Leonard is such a gentleman - especially when it came to introducing each and every person that made the show possible, including all those on stage with him. I don't think I ever experienced so many standing ovations during the course of one show.
As he has been throughout his most recent tour, Mr. Cohen will be joined by Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters - who have wowed crowds around the world with their rich and complementary background vocals. Also joining Mr. Cohen on stage are Roscoe Beck (bass, vocals), Neil Larsen (keyboards & Hammond B3 accordion), Bob Metzger (electric, acoustic & pedal steel guitar), Javier Mas (bandurria, laud, archilaud, 12 string acoustic guitar), Rafael Gayol (drums, percussion), Dino Soldo (sax, clarinet dobro - keys).
"We are delighted to finally bring this phenomenal tour to the USA. Having spent the last 12 months touring the World, from Romania to Australia from London to Rome, America will now get the opportunity to see the show that has enthralled over 750,000 concert goers across the World to date. Not one to miss lightly," commented Rob Hallett, President of International Touring / AEG Live.
"AEG Live is honored to continue this extraordinary journey with Mr Cohen. Now it's time to take North America," added Elliott Lefko, Vice President, Goldenvoice/AEG Live...
..Additionally NPR will broadcast select songs from Leonard Cohen's Beacon Theatre performance at www.npr.org on Wednesday, February 25.
Leonard's next New York City date is May 16th at Radio City Music Hall. All tour dates and last night's set list (stay tuned for pictures), below...
Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records is proud to announce the release of Leonard Cohen's Live In London, a musical chronicle of the legendary singer-songwriter-musician-painter-poet's historic 2008 concert -- available as either a DVD or 2 CD set -- on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Beginning February 13, Leonard Cohen's 'Live In London' is available to U.S. residents for pre-order on www.amazon.com. Additionally, Cohen's performance of "Suzanne," culled from 'Live In London', is now streaming exclusively on the site.Leonard is also confirmed to play Coachella in April. Stay tuned for more dates to probably be announced soon...
Recorded live on July 17, 2008 at London's 02 Arena, one of Europe's largest indoor venues, during Cohen's phenomenal 2008 World Tour, Live In London offers definitive performances of classic songs drawn from the artist's 40-year repertory.
With his 2008 World Tour selling more than 700,000 tickets across 84 shows worldwide, Leonard Cohen is coming to New York City's Beacon Theatre on February 19 to perform his first U.S. concert in 15 years.
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
Tickets are now on presale (password = Fingerprints).
So they said the presale was going to start at noon and it was on Ticketmaster at that time, but then Leonard Cohen's "fan club" was told the password wasn't being released until 1:30PM for a new 2:00PM start time, but then Siobhan (thx!) kindly posted it in the comments at 12:55 and it works.
P.S. since my first post, they officially announced the following: "For the first time since 1993, Leonard Cohen will perform in the U.S. on February 19th at The Beacon Theatre in New York City . For one night at the 2,800 seat venue Leonard Cohen will perform the show that earned more than 80 five-star reviews during his fall 2008 UK and European tour. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, January 16th at 9:00 AM." Note the on-sale date is the regular sale time. Also, technically Leonard has performed in the U.S. in the past fifteen years, maybe just not an actual full show.
The Beacon Theatre was designated by Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager and opened in 1928. The 2,800-seat Beacon Theater is a fantastic Art Deco treasure, built as silent pictures began talking and as vaudeville capitulated to the movie palace era. In 1979, the historic venue was designated a national landmark. The three-level auditorium is distinguished by 30-foot statues of Greek women on each side of the proscenium arch. Other features include an open-air lobby, bronze front doors, ornate moldings, white marble floors, and corridor murals depicting elephants, camels and traders. Known for its flawless acoustics, New Yorkers are anxiously awaiting its reopening in February 2009 after a $15 million restoration.Leonard Cohen is playing the Beacon Theatre on Thursday February 19th! Tickets go on Fan Club presale Wendesday at noon, and then on regular sale Friday at 9AM.
Leonard and his audience (retrotravelbug)
Michael Eavis might have said his goal was to "get the young people back" at this year's Glastonbury Festival - but it was veteran singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen who most impressed the 72-year-old organiser at this year's bash.videos and set list below....
Speaking to 'The Independent' today (Tuesday July 1), Eavis, who watched Cohen's Pyramid Stage set from the side of the stage on Sunday June 29, hailed the entire festival as a success, but singled the 73-year-old Canadian legend out for particular praise:
"Leonard Cohen was so polite and such a gentleman. He took his hat off every time he finished a song, and bowed to the audience."
Predictably, the best-received song in Cohen's set was 'Hallelujah', the track which originally appeared on his 1984 album Various Positions, and gained a new lease of life when Jeff Buckley covered it on his acclaimed 1994 album 'Grace'.
Beginning the song just as the sun was setting, Cohen delighted the crowd by changing the lyric, "I told the truth, I didn't come here to fool ya" to "I told the truth, I didn't come to Glastonbury to fool ya". The crowd sang every chorus with Cohen, and gave him a massive ovation at the end. [UNCUT]
On Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, San Francisco's remarkable Conspiracy of Beards will perform in New York for the first time ever. Conspiracy of Beards is 30-man choir from that performs gritty, original arrangements of the songs of Leonard Cohen. This a cappella group has had a string of acclaimed performances at Bay Area venues, including the Cafe du Nord, the Great American Music Hall, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The choir has also been featured on National Public Radio's "West Coast Live," on KFOG-FM, and on PBS television station KQED-TV.It would be coolfer if they all really had big beards though. Video and venue info for tonight and tomorrow, below...
Leonard Cohen, RnR Hall of Fame induction - Mar 10, 2008 (Ryan Muir)
Madonna spoke of being possessed by magic as she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday along with Leonard Cohen, rocker John Mellencamp, pop band The Dave Clark Five and instrumental group The Ventures.* South plays Pianos again
"I felt like I had been possessed by some magic and luckily for me I have been miraculously and continuously possessed by some kind of magic," Madonna said at the annual Hall of Fame ceremony in New York.
"I have gone on to do so many things in my life, from writing children's books, to designing clothes, to directing a film. But for me it always does, and it always will, come back to the music, so thank you," she said.
Madonna, 49, was inducted by pop star Justin Timberlake, who has co-written and co-produced half the songs on her new album "Hard Candy," which is released next month. "Nobody has gotten into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looking this damn fine," he said. "You're no old museum piece." [Reuters]
* Dizzee Rascal is at Southpaw
* Reykjavik! are at Club Midway
* "women only" @ Knitting factory
* Shout Out Louds play 2 shows at Joe's Pub
* Jose Gonzalez is playing Highline Ballroom
* Snoop Doggy Dogg is playing Blender Theater
* Justice & Chromeo are playing the Theater @ MSG
* Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip is at Mercury Lounge
* The Black Lips are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Emmy The Great & The Pigeon Detectives play Bowery Ballroom
* Hanne Hukkelberg (Norway), Bell, & Kate Walsh are @ Union Hall
If you're a man, you can't get in to the show in the Knitting Factory Tap Bar tonight.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announces the artists who will induct this year's honorees at a ceremony on March 10, 2008, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City:
Leonard Cohen will be inducted by Lou Reed
The Dave Clark Five (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton and Mike Smith) will be inducted by Tom Hanks
Madonna will be inducted by Justin Timberlake
John Mellencamp will be inducted by Billy Joel
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be inducted by Jerry Butler
The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, Don Wilson) will be inducted by John Fogerty
Little Walter will be inducted by Ben Harper
He hasn't toured since 1993, but he has made small appearances here and there - like @ Joe's Pub in April of 2007.
"The ever-evolving Madonna was announced as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee on Thursday along with John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and The Dave Clark Five." [AP]