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Leonard Cohen Sells Out Fox Theatre Tuesday

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Acclaimed Canadian singer-poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen performed at the sold out Fox Theatre Tuesday night during his first tour in over 15 years.

(From Wiki): Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, GOQ (born September 21, 1934) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality and complex interpersonal relationships. Famously reclusive, spending years in a Zen Buddhist monastery, and possessing a persona frequently associated with mystique, he is extremely well-regarded by critics for his literary accomplishments and for producing an output of work of high artistic quality over a five-decade career.

Musically, Cohen’s earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1967 album, Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music. In the 1970s, his material encompassed pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s his high baritone voice has evolved into lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from a wide variety of instruments and female backing singers.

Over 2,000 renditions of Cohen’s songs have been recorded. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour. While giving the speech at Cohen’s induction into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008, Lou Reed described Cohen as belonging to the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters”.

On February 19, 2009, Cohen played his first American concert in fifteen years at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He also performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 17, 2009, in front of one of the largest Outdoor Theatre crowds in the history of the festival. His performance of “Hallelujah” was widely regarded as one of the highlights of the festival.

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WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF LEONARD COHEN? HOW WAS THE CONCERT? (Photo Credit: Lisa Keel/ www.robbsphotos.com)

For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries. by Atlanta Photographer Robb Cohen www.RobbsPhotos.com

44 comments Add your comment

Willie D

October 21st, 2009
1:49 pm

I really enjoyed the show, all three hours of it. The Webb sisters version of “If it Be your Will” was phenominal. It could be the last time we will see Leonard Cohen in Atlanta so an opportunity to see a legend like this is quite a treat!!!

sowen

October 21st, 2009
2:24 pm

I have been following Leonard Cohen for at least 40 years, his concert will be one fabulous memory I will never forget!

ben

October 21st, 2009
2:34 pm

Waited 25 years to see Leonard live and it greatly exceeded my expectations. Great mix of various eras of his music despite their very different styles. Crowd was fantastic and his energy and connection with the crowd was something I never expected. A truly unforgettable night for every Cohen fan in Atlanta. Will never forget seeing the man himself sing Famous Blue Raincoat live. Great Show.

Jean

October 21st, 2009
2:54 pm

What an emotional, lovely evening! There was a palpable outpouring of love & respect from the audience to LC and he returned it in droves. He greatly exceeded even my high expectations, delivering over three hours of his very best. He laid his soul bare on the stage of the Fox, and I’ll never forget it.

Lloyd Braun

October 21st, 2009
3:11 pm

Well, it appears that Atlanta actually appreciates something other than over-hyped arena rockers and rappers.

Hope is here!

JDJ

October 21st, 2009
3:14 pm

Long-time fan!! Glad to see he’s upright, onstage and getting it done! He’s about a decade older than I am . . . can’t imagine the effort it takes to pull this off. I’d be face down in the orchestra pit!

whodean

October 21st, 2009
3:21 pm

One of the best musical experiences I have ever had

Anna

October 21st, 2009
3:38 pm

I would rate this event the #1 experience of my lifetime so far! Even though I had to scalp my so-called date’s Row E ticket to a Tech student for $50 (Lucky)! Oh, I would love to marry Leonard Cohen :)

Jordan

October 21st, 2009
3:41 pm

Wish I was there. I saw him in LA in April and I’m still reveling from it. What a great show!

Stuart

October 21st, 2009
3:59 pm

This concert didn’t just exceed my expectations, it was a religious experience. I wish I could remember every song that gave me chills throughout the night, but I can definitely remember “If It Be Your Will” and “Hallelujah” being two. And “Anthem.” And “Famous Blue Raincoat.” And I almost forgot “Bird on a Wire” and “Suzanne.” But like I said, I can’t remember them all. I also watched tears flowing down my fiance’s cheeks more than once. Of the hundreds of concerts I’ve seen in my life, this will easily be remembered as the most romantic, and moving.

Marie

October 21st, 2009
4:28 pm

What a transcendent experience it was to be there. A love fest between artist and audience. A man of a certain age determined to reach heights he’s never reached as long as he is able. Classy. Sexy. Masterful. He’s “my man.”

Rebekah

October 21st, 2009
5:02 pm

It is exciting to read peoples comments. I was lucky enough to see him in Seattle this spring and I haven’t gotten over it. Many of you seem to feel as I did; It was a transcendent experience, I never wanted it to end. He radiated amazing grace and charisma and drew more than a few tears from my eyes. My boyfriend was looking at me quiscially afterwards as I

Claudia

October 21st, 2009
5:04 pm

A quietly brilliant singer who performed flawless with his equally impeccable ensemble. The best concert I ever attended.

Cosmo

October 21st, 2009
5:08 pm

Exceeded all expectations. Considering Cohen’s age and the unhappy circumstances under which he had to undertake these tours, we might have forgiven him had he merely showed up and punched the clock. But, no, he gave and gave and gave heartfelt renditions of his songs to a very appreciative audience for over three hours. For me, personally, the highlight was “Bird on a Wire”: He sang new lyrics! I always felt that that song had an unfinished quality about it (which does not detract from its status as a masterpiece) and I am delighted that he finally finished it. Anybody got the new lyrics?

harry

October 21st, 2009
5:22 pm

I agree with all the accolades already submitted. A truly amazing show. This man is a lyrical genius, yet the show, thanks to the band he brought together, took those lyrics and turned them into spiritual hymns. As I said in other reviews at other sites, this show was like a gently undulating eternal sun-drenched ocean in its sway. Even when it swelled, it was a reigned in ‘fury.’ Cohen gave us the chance to acknowledge his whole entourage and our applause may still not have been enough. How good was it? As much as I love the music and style of Leonard Cohen, the one rendition that thrilled me the most was “If It Be Your Will.” Three hours+ of pure enchantment by master artists. Thank you, Leonard and company, for gracing the stage of the Fox and giving us a truly memorable time.

mary

October 21st, 2009
6:10 pm

Thank you Mr Robb Cohen! Your pictures are great!
I am so happy you made it to the Fox!! : )

Noel

October 21st, 2009
6:13 pm

Amazing grace ! What a wonderful evening of music, memories, madcap humor, lyrical lyrics, voices of angels, and most of all, Leonard Cohen’s incomparable talent and expression. He is a master of composition, and a voice for the ages……..his self-deprecating humor never failed to gain a laugh from an adoring audience who clapped, cheered, whistled, cried and laughed for three amazing hours ! What a night to remember, and a man to remember !!!!! Thank you LC

glenn

October 21st, 2009
6:19 pm

Leonard sings poetry… and when you hear him, you hang on the lyrics as much as the music. But when you put a band and back up singers of the quality on stage last night, you listen to something you’ve never heard before. As my deceased friend who introduced me to Leonard 15 years ago would have said, “It was a religious experience”. “Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free”.

Faye and Jerry

October 21st, 2009
6:48 pm

Both of us thought, independently, that this was the best concert we ever attended. Leonard is a poetic genius and the musicians with which he surrounded himself were awe-inspiring. We came from Charleston for this experience and are extremely happy we made the trip. Yes, it was a religious experience.

molly

October 21st, 2009
7:51 pm

I saw him the night before in Tampa and was truly blown away. I was wishing that I could make it to the Fox.. what an amazing place to see him that must have been~with the magical starry sky!
p.s. it’s really fun to watch youtube snippets from these shows~to continue the dreamy experience..

William from Linwood, MI

October 21st, 2009
8:20 pm

The Tuesday night show was well worth the trip down from Michigan. Leonard has been a favorite for 20 years (I wasnt born til ‘72). I have never witnessed a performer work so hard for the audience. Last tour? No way! Leonard is in fantastic shape- running off the stage, falling to his knees with passion for most songs- unbelievable how well the band works together- the guitarist from Barcelona was a concert alone- everyone else was tremendous- Leonard played all songs from the album plus about 4 more- including a standout performance of The Partisian. If you are on the edge about seeing this tour- dont miss it- it was well worth flying to watch. THANK YOU LEONARD

herbert

October 21st, 2009
8:25 pm

-started to listen to his songs on a cheap turntable/tuner/amp in 1970 – something
kept playing his music/poetry….always
NEVER thought that I would be able to catch a concert.
I did at the FOX – and I was happy that so many people felt like I did
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
what a great, humble, gracious artist
(and what a great ensemble of musicians!)
thank you

nanette johnston

October 21st, 2009
9:55 pm

You should read the review submitted by the St Petersburg Times critic Beautifully written Wonderful memory I cannot get this performance out of my mind nor do I want to It was a magical evening I had a piece of heaven with those beautiful lyrics music and lights What a thrill to see this phenomenal man and his talented group

Betty

October 21st, 2009
10:05 pm

Best concert ever–like so many others, I never dreamt I’d get the chance to see him live. It was everything I’d hoped for times a thousand…no, times a million. Thank you, Leonard Cohen, from the bottom of my heart for your music, your poetry, and your inspirational concert. It was a once-in-a-lifetime show & I will always treasure the memory of a magical night at the Fox!

Magda

October 22nd, 2009
12:47 am

It was always a dream of mine to see Cohen in concert. I was so incredibly excited to have the chance this past Tuesday. He exceeded my expectations. I have no words for how amazing the concert was!!! I grew up listening to his songs. His poetry and his music have such a way of reaching the soul, and he knows exactly how to deliver them both in his singing so that you will never forget them. With that all I can say is that I will never forget this concert and just like several other people before me I will count it as one of the best experiences of my life.

Sarah

October 22nd, 2009
7:50 am

OMG! For a minute I thought that was a picture of Leonard Nimoy! I have his album and I knew his singing was not up to snuff.

Ivan

October 22nd, 2009
10:17 am

I saw Leonard the night before in Tampa. Simply sensational. 3 hours plus of pure magic. He is the greatest poet of our time.
PS: The “Famous Blue Raincoat” encore was sublime…

Beth

October 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

I can’t wait to see him in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend. I’m sure it will be magical too!

Donna Kay

October 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

I felt a little guilty spending the money to see him after seeing him in Zurich last October, but I don’t regret it now. The value of life music is how much different each experience can be! The Fox was a much more intimate venue than the Zurich Hallenstadion, and the whole feel and rhythm of the show was just completely different. Although normally not a big fan of TV screens, the only thing I would change at the Fox would be to have had a large screen somewhere to get close up views. I was on the 12th row in Zurich but seeing the big screens made it feel even more intimate.

As usual, Mr. Cohen was charming and funny and gave his all. And Sharon Robinson was absolutely exquisite. Her solo rendition of Boogie Street was beautiful.

Donna Kay

October 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

Live music, I mean.

Bryn Adamson

October 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

I loved it so much, I wrote a poem….and although in total rapture the entire evening, I only cried once, during the recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”, so that’s the meter I followed for this.

Ode to Leonard…

You humbly stand, hat held in hand.
Time stops, and hits a chord.
Then gently, over all the world,
Your sweet elixir pours.
Honeyed words, filled with weight,
Spill from a voice that drags the ground,
From underneath they resonate,
This poem of a man.

Our souls they woke, our hearts they broke,
Each moment washed anew.
Music flooded with remembrance,
He sang us what we knew.
Reminded us that angels sing,
So listen while you can.
That we are only what we bring.
This poem of a man.

Wanda

October 22nd, 2009
5:46 pm

I agree with all of the above comments, the Fox put my Bose radio to shame, his DVD Live in London is fantastic but no words can describe how it felt to be in that audience Tue night, now I’m saving for his Charlotte NC concert, hope they aren’t already sold out.

Jack

October 22nd, 2009
6:34 pm

Leonard Cohen’s performance at the Fox was transcendent. Not only Cohen, but his band, especially Javier Mas on 12 string guitar, and Dino Soldo on sax, flute, and other wind instruments gave us the sublime expression of the soul that Cohen’s poetry evokes. At 75, LC was as full of energy, creativity, and power as ever. When he would kneel on the Persian rug on stage, singing his heart out to Javier Mas, whose guitar set off Cohen’s deep, sonorous, smooth voice, we were mesmerized, our hearts sacrificed as if to a Mayan Chac Mool. Cohen reached in, caressed our hearts, and brought tears to our eyes.

One person found the 4 curtain calls too stagy and obviously planned (though he praised everything else about the performance). On the last curtain call, Cohen sang out, ” I tried to leave you” and “Are you satisfied now?” It was clearly planned and so were the curtain call performances of the band, the Celtic harp number by the sisters backing up Cohen, and a round of the whole band. But I found the handling of the curtain calls to be superb, circumventing the now regular clapping and cheering to bring bands back on stage. It always happens– every time, and usually goes on far too long. So why not just take control of it and make it entertaining. Cohen was always quick to return, doing a little dance number on and off the stage, dancing us to the end of time. It was three hours plus of as beautiful and sublime song and music as I have ever heard.

sam davenport

October 22nd, 2009
7:14 pm

We drove over from Birmingham, and it occurred to me on the way that having recently seen the London concert on PBS after buying the tickets, we could have just watched that program again and saved the hassle and expense. What a mistake that would have been! His powerful lyrics and voice continually touched me deeply, though I already knew the songs well. There was a wonderful bond between audience and artist, and it was a moving, almost sacramental 3 hours to be there. God I love the man and his music, poetry, and writings…..

Mary Jo Hixon

October 23rd, 2009
10:37 am

So sorry I missed the concert – Photos are fabulous. Will not miss again

andrew davies

October 23rd, 2009
12:06 pm

seen leonard 1974 at the empire liverpool england never thought c him again . then i saw him manchester england twice lucca italy echo arena liverpool and barcelona cant get enough of him 3 hours of pure magic. theres no 1 on the planet 2 touch him.leonard cohen.thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu

beaux

October 23rd, 2009
2:01 pm

All I can do is echo all of the comments here; a magical and romantic evening never to be forgotten. So much so, that my wife and I have now purchased tickets to his 11/1 show in Asheville, NC, and will travel there for that show, on our 23rd wedding anniversary.

Tommy

October 23rd, 2009
3:19 pm

Not a single negative comment! I’m seeing him tonight in NYC. I was already very excited but reading all of the accolades here, I’m really fired up!

Tee

October 24th, 2009
10:34 pm

Masterful. Worth every penny of ticket price and more. I have been to 100s of concerts in 40 years. I have never experienced such as this. Words fail at the offering Cohen and his band make onstage. Completely amazing.

Ken Feldman

October 25th, 2009
12:23 am

That ode to leonard Cohen is pretty grat poetry! Love it. Cohen is one of a kind and my present fav. I saw the show at Radio City last year and in Portugal this year ( I was on my honeymoon- and man did it fit right into our plan).
I love him, and its great to hear so many others do to. It’s really great knowing his age too, and how unrockstar he is.

thanks

Enoch Powell

October 25th, 2009
12:33 pm

Other than the selfishness of the steady stream of late arrivals, clearly far more concerned with buying their expensive alcohol than missing the first 15/20 mins of the concert, this was a PERFECT NIGHT.

I saw Mr Cohen at the Royal Albert Hall in 1974 (if not 1973). That night he obviously didn’t have the depth and breadth of his later catalogue to offer the audience, but he was also on stage for three hours. He did something like 8 or 9 encores that equally perfect night in London. His ‘humility’ at being “brought back” each time by the audience for each encore song was also then either wonderfully contrived – or quite sincere. It was well after 11pm before we left the hall, nearly missing our train back home from Waterloo Station.

The Fox Theatre is no Albert Hall, but it was a decent ‘compromise’ between a small, intimate venue and a much larger venue. My mates in England saw him last year in Manchester, England and said he did about three hours.

Hopefully he’ll come back to Atlanta, not for the money this time. but because he, and his backing group have a unique ability to blow every other singer songwriter I’ve ever seen (except Roy Harper) off the stage. It was as polished a performance as I’ve ever seen, with very little direct verbal communication with the audience. Only once doing the robotic “Georgia/Atlanta” reference, in a small lyrical change in a song. “I didn’t come to Atlanta to be …”

There seems little point in posting yet more gushing praise on this blog. However richly l deserved.

If he doesn’t make it back to the Fox, which sadly is highly unlikely, then remembering this night will have to suffice. Its a little surprising to see just how ordinary the solo efforts of his backing singers are on Amazon.

CAZ

October 26th, 2009
7:48 pm

I have tix next Tuesday in Durham NC, trying to plan around another impt item. Was there a warm up act and if yes, how long?

Betty

October 26th, 2009
8:07 pm

No warmup act; he took the stage at 8 and took a short break midway.

[...] Promptly at eight, the entertainers strode onstage, and in a bubble of light the poet doffed his hat to the crowd, looking like the clothing store owner his father once was. Cohen was thin and gray and poised for some sort of action. [...]