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Ben
post Feb 8 2009, 01:30 AM
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Perth has just seen a phenomenal performance from Leonard Cohen, the master who’s been absent from Australian shores for 25 years yet had the crowd begging for more.

The sprightly 74 year old enjoyed his open-air concert so much that he played for three hours to an enthralled crowd of 12,000 at the Day on the Green performance at Sandalford Winery in Perth.

Fittingly, after all these years, his voice was the equivalent of an aged bottle of red...rich, mellow and smooth.
But it was the depth of feeling and his humble manner that captured the cheering crowd most.
Cohen’s deeply-religious rendition of his famous Halleluja had the crowd immediately on its feet, singing along while watching every move of this gracious poet and songwriter.

The Canadian singer hasn’t been on stage for 14 years and joked with the crowd that he was “just a boy of 60” when he last performed. Some wept when he played old favourites including Suzanne, So Long Marianne and Sisters of Mercy with such perfection that they could have been recorded yesterday instead of 40 years ago.

Loenard Cohen’s musical backing was superb, led by Spaniard Javier Mas on acoustic guitar
and bandurria. This mandolin maestro was so superb that Cohen reserved his longest and deepest bow for one of his longest and deepest musical friends.

Also sharing his deep affection was Sharon Robinson on vocals – she’s shared his life in California since the 70’s, collaborating on classics such as “Everybody Knows” which they also sang together at Sandalford Winery. Robinson was joined on vocals by the beautiful Webb sisters, who displayed their considerable talents on harp and guitar (as well as acrobatics).

Promoter Michael Gudinski from the Frontier Touring Company says he’s been honoured to present the “legendary” Leonard Cohen, describing it as “almost a religious experience.”
“Fans were captivated the moment Leonard walked out onto the stage,” he said, adding that “the man himself can only be described as magical.”
Perth promoter Brad Mellen from Mellen Events agreed the sell-out concert was sensational.
Leonard Cohen is such a humble man that he paid tribute to support act Paul Kelly and even the cooks who fed him.
Cohen plays one more concert in Australia – Tuesday February 10th at Rod Laver Arena, near the MCG Melbourne.


Leonard Cohen’s Perth concert has been the biggest of his Australian tour, showing the depth of feeling on the west coast for his ageless poetry and music.
As the crowd watched him skipping off the stage at the end, it was with a touch of sadness that he may never pass this way again.


Short Leonard Cohen Video Clip


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Ben, Skype "Perth-", Western Australia
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