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Concert Fri Oct 30 2009

Review: Leonard Cohen @ Rosemont Theatre

Listening to Leonard Cohen's music is like listening to your own conscience; seeing him live makes you realize that your conscience is a 74 year-old man in a dark suit and fedora. For over three hours last night, Leonard Cohen kept the rapt attention of an adoring audience as he performed songs that have been so deeply etched into the memories of his fans that its hard to think of a time we didn't know them. He frequently began songs in a kneeling position, as if the weight of his own voice were too much to bear, then rose to a standing position with his body curved into a question mark, for who asks deeper questions than the troubadour from Quebec?

Mr. Cohen received numerous standing ovations, recited the lyrics to 1,000 Kisses Deep as a poem, and received applause from the audience upon hearing key lyrics throughout the evening, such as: you told me again you preferred handsome men but in my case you'd make an exception; and I was born like this I had no choice, I was born with the gift of a golden voice. After what seemed like the last song, he came back for an encore that went four songs long. He sang Closing Time, a sure sign that he was finished, only to come back with I Tried To Leave You, getting a big laugh from the audience.

Between now and November 13th Leonard Cohen will be appearing in North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Nevada and California. Catch him if you can, this is one concert you'll never forget. For more information visit Leonard Cohen.

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Paddy / October 30, 2009 1:13 PM

Agree that the show was excellent. Thought his voice was really good, perhaps better than when he did the Chicago Theatre in May. But last night's crowd was really lame. Seemed as if they needed a royal invitation to get off their rumps and applaud some outstanding performances. The group to my right sat like a stone all night and clapped maybe once at the end.

kevin stark / October 30, 2009 7:00 PM

Paddy- a)it's not a skynard concert. b)the audience was respectful, they wanted to hear what the man was saying. i was frankly embarrassed when the audience attempted to clap in unison, ruined the rhythm of the song, and aurally obstructed the words being conveyed. i wonder if you had a firm hand on your newly purchased lighter just in case.

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