Leonard Cohen hates Canberra

johnboy 30 July 2013 32

News has the itinerary for the upcoming (and very possibly final Leonard Cohen tour.

It seems the great man can manage to play Cairns, Wollongong, and Geelong, but Canberra in its centenary year is a bit much of a hick town.

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DrKoresh DrKoresh 5:02 pm 31 Jul 13

Ben_Dover said :

gazket said :

who is Leonard Cohen ? I just you tubed him and I don’t think we missed much.

phew…Thanks for that! Without your in-depth anaysis and critical review, we may have made a grave error. Cheers mate!

(You tit.)

I was going to put it a little more tactfully than our friend Mr. Dover, but yeah, you’re showing your ignorance a bit on this one. A good way to describe Leonard Cohen would be to say that he’s (almost certainly) your favourite song-writer’s favourite song-writer.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 4:45 pm 31 Jul 13

gazket said :

who is Leonard Cohen ? I just you tubed him and I don’t think we missed much.

phew…Thanks for that! Without your in-depth anaysis and critical review, we may have made a grave error. Cheers mate!

(You tit.)

gazket gazket 4:31 pm 31 Jul 13

who is Leonard Cohen ? I just you tubed him and I don’t think we missed much.

caf caf 3:00 pm 31 Jul 13

joingler said :

johnboy said :

Llewellyn Hall is considered to be far superior to the Sydney Opera House.

Llewellyn Hall is a bit small for the great LC. He would easily sell 5thousand tickets in Canberra and the only venue which holds that many is Canberra Stadium which would be way too big.

The AIS Arena is pretty much exactly that size.

RedDogInCan RedDogInCan 1:06 pm 31 Jul 13

johnboy said :

Llewellyn Hall is considered to be far superior to the Sydney Opera House.

Maybe, but hardly a suitable venue for a popular culture event. I’ve always thought that they need to install seat belts to stop patrons plummeting to their death.

joingler joingler 12:33 pm 31 Jul 13

johnboy said :

Llewellyn Hall is considered to be far superior to the Sydney Opera House.

Llewellyn Hall is a bit small for the great LC. He would easily sell 5thousand tickets in Canberra and the only venue which holds that many is Canberra Stadium which would be way too big.

I remember last time he added a concert in Hunter Valley or Hobart 6 weeks before he came so maybe all hope for Canberra is not lost.

Otherwise, I’ll be travelling to Brisbane, Sydney and Wollongong to see my idol one last time

Here_and_Now Here_and_Now 12:02 pm 31 Jul 13

Having seen kd lang (who apparently doesn’t hate Canberra, as she did stop by) do her version live, I’m afraid that Messrs Wainwright and Cohen both pale for me.

Barcham Barcham 11:55 am 31 Jul 13

Ben_Dover said :

Barcham said :

I’ve never found much value in anything Buckley has ever done, least of all his Hallelujah cover.

Buckley is like a poster boy for bland sincerity.

He has talent, but little soul.

Has talent? Do you own an ouija board?

This got a laugh out of me I’ll admit.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 11:52 am 31 Jul 13

johnboy said :

Llewellyn Hall is considered to be far superior to the Sydney Opera House.

Paul Kelly plays there Sunday August 18.

Good enough for Kelly, good enough for Cohen.

Conan of Cooma Conan of Cooma 11:36 am 31 Jul 13

Canberra has no suitable venues. Sure, you can pack people in, but the audio quality of the main options if appalling. Many tops acts come here once only never to return – And for good reason.

    johnboy johnboy 11:39 am 31 Jul 13

    Llewellyn Hall is considered to be far superior to the Sydney Opera House.

Thumper Thumper 10:30 am 31 Jul 13

bundah said :

poetix said :

Barcham said :

I’ve never found much value in anything Buckley has ever done, least of all his Hallelujah cover.

Buckley is like a poster boy for bland sincerity.

He has talent, but little soul.

I bow down to your opinion on poster boys, Barbie.

Hmm if ever there was a poster boy then it would have to be Barbie..

Got to admit, I’ve never been much of a Buckley fan. Not even after he decided to go swimming.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 10:23 am 31 Jul 13

Barcham said :

I’ve never found much value in anything Buckley has ever done, least of all his Hallelujah cover.

Buckley is like a poster boy for bland sincerity.

He has talent, but little soul.

Has talent? Do you own an ouija board?

bundah bundah 10:02 am 31 Jul 13

poetix said :

Barcham said :

I’ve never found much value in anything Buckley has ever done, least of all his Hallelujah cover.

Buckley is like a poster boy for bland sincerity.

He has talent, but little soul.

I bow down to your opinion on poster boys, Barbie.

Hmm if ever there was a poster boy then it would have to be Barbie..

poetix poetix 9:53 am 31 Jul 13

Barcham said :

I’ve never found much value in anything Buckley has ever done, least of all his Hallelujah cover.

Buckley is like a poster boy for bland sincerity.

He has talent, but little soul.

I bow down to your opinion on poster boys, Barbie.

Barcham Barcham 9:51 am 31 Jul 13

I’ve never found much value in anything Buckley has ever done, least of all his Hallelujah cover.

Buckley is like a poster boy for bland sincerity.

He has talent, but little soul.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 9:08 am 31 Jul 13

bundah said :

For a truly magnificent cover version of Cohen’s song Hallelujah one need go no further than Jeff Buckley..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ

Buckley’s version was just overwrought unfelt histrionics, a pale rip off of his father’s style.

dungfungus dungfungus 10:12 pm 30 Jul 13

johnboy said :

And the buckley version is just vocal gymnastics.

Give me the gravel voice to convey the depth of the song thanks.

It’s a crap song anyhow but the composer does it best as you note.

c_c™ c_c™ 9:36 pm 30 Jul 13

No doubt Cohen’s a talented poet, but as a singer he is woeful. Abysmal vocal range.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q

That’s not always a problem for a musician though, Mark Knopfler has a very limited, even weak voice, but he’s got the instrumentation to make up for it, Cohen doesn’t have that either.

Buckley’s and KD Langs are the two best versions, they actually have emotion and a strong voice that blends with great instrumentation and pacing.

Androyd Androyd 9:36 pm 30 Jul 13

Meh. Covering Hallelujah has become a shortcut for those who want to display faux passion but can’t be arsed to come up with their own.
Mr Cohen has always bored me rigid but I can’t ignore how many people have been to his recent superannuation tour shows and come back saying Best. Show. Ever.

thatsnotme thatsnotme 9:27 pm 30 Jul 13

johnboy said :

And the buckley version is just vocal gymnastics.

You cannot be serious.

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