Don’t go, Leonard Cohen!

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I had the privilege of seeing Leonard Cohen perform in his Old Ideas tour on Saturday night at the arena in Manchester.  I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to see him live so it felt a bit like a once in a lifetime spiritual experience.  He does alright for his 78 years – performing for more than 3 hours all together and dancing on and off the stage.  There were lots of standing ovations and 3 encores.  When he was leaving the stage after one of them, the lady beside me exclaimed, “Don’t go!”  So I wasn’t the only one that felt sad to see him leave the stage.  Not only did he put on a great show and provide us with great entertainment, but he also seemed like a charming gentleman throughout too.  The seats we had were reasonable, the sound was very good and he played all the songs I had hoped he would – in fact here is his set list:

First Set

Dance Me to the End of Love

The Future

Bird on the Wire

Everybody Knows

Who by Fire

The Gypsy’s Wife

Darkness

Amen

Come Healing

Lover Lover Lover

Second Set

Tower of Song

Suzanne

Chelsea Hotel #2

Waiting for the Miracle

Anyhow

The Partisan

Alexandra Leaving (performed by Sharon Robinson)

I’m Your Man

A Thousand Kisses Deep (Recitation)

Hallelujah

Take This Waltz

Encore:

So Long, Marianne

Going Home

First We Take Manhattan

Encore 2:

Famous Blue Raincoat

If It Be Your Will (performed by the Webb Sisters)

Closing Time

Encore 3:

I Tried to Leave You

Save the Last Dance for Me (The Drifters cover)

What made the whole experience even nicer was that we’d decided to take the train across and stay in a hotel in the city so we didn’t have to worry about parking, getting home.  It was so nice to walk out of the concert and be tucked up in bed 15 minutes later.  It’s definitely a good prescription for any potential future events that we may wish to attend at the arena.  We spent some time on Sunday morning wandering around the city and I took a few pictures before taking the train home.

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