Leonard Cohen Live At The Academy Of Music 05.12.09

May 17, 2009 by
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Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (from the Live IN London DVD)

Finally catching up a bit on my week this morning. This past Tuesday night at the Academy Of Music in Phildelphia a 74 year Leonard Cohen delivered what not only likely be the best show I will see this year but also one of the best shows I have ever seen. He skipped on and off stage with the excitement of someone on their first tour ever while delivering a 3 hour,26 song set that held the audience’s rapt attention the entire time. Backed by a stellar band he let each member shine, removing his hat in respect as each took solos during the evening. Although he is a seasoned veteran, he felt no need to play it safe and reinvented his songs old and new, including a stellar version of Tower Of Song in which he was acompanied mostly by just a casio keyboard, and a spoken word take on 1000 Kisses Deep. He graciously thanked the audience after each round of applause and the night ended with multiple standing ovations. A brilliant night from a true legend, if you have a chance to catch him on this tour I highly advise it, who knows if you’ll get another chance.

See Ryan Cormier’s glowing review and some excellent photos of the night via Delaware Online here

Leonard Cohen
05.12.09 Academy Of Music Philadelphia PA

Dance Me To The End of Love
The Future
Ain’t No Cure For Love
Bird on a Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Chelsea Hotel
Who By Fire
Waiting For the Miracle

Tower of Song
Sisters of Mercy
Take This Waltz
Boogie Street
I’m Your Man
1000 Kisses Deep

So Long Marianne
First We Take Manhattan

Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will
Closing Time

I Tried To Leave You
Wither Thou Goest

[closing thank you video via philebrity here]


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