Learning of the passing of the great singer/songwriter/poet/humanitarian Leonard Cohen, who died on Monday, made me want to reshare this review of one of the most entertaining concerts I’ve ever attended. I recently wrote a review of his new album You Want It Darker, released in October, but didn’t get around to posting it. I was going to note my awe at how vital he remained at the age of 82 and that possibly there was more to come. Nevertheless, it was clear he was ready to go and left on his own terms.
When I’m 74 years old, I hope I am as spry as Leonard Cohen. Susan & I saw Cohen and his band perform at the Wang Theatre in Boston on May 30th. He sang many songs while gracefully sinking to his knees and skipped off the stage at the end of the sets. Oh, and he performed for over three hours.
There was no opening act but instead of a back-up band of no name musicians Cohen pulled together a diverse group of artists, many of whom would be worth going to see in concert on their own. Despite their varied styles and talents, they came together as a tight band with an old-fashioned type of showmanship evident in coordinated dance moves by the back-up singers and stylish haberdashery worn by all. Cohen frequently stood back to let his band members shine on their solos and a few of…
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