The Leonard Cohen World Tour is on a one week hiatus hopefully getting much sun and R&R. Before they took their break, they took Odense, Denmark, Berlin, Germany and Gent, Belgium by storm. There were three concerts in Gent in St. Peter's Square with a beautiful backdrop.
The new songs, Born In Chains, The Darkness, and Feels So Good, are now regulars on the set list each night. Those outside the barrier in Gent during soundcheck reported hearing a new song and some old favorites, which have yet to make their appearance on the set list during the world tour.
Youtubes are available for Odense, Berlin and Gent thanks to the brilliant work of those behind their cameras.
Here is the summary of reviews from these concerts. Read the full reviews on Speaking Cohen:
August 14, 2010
Engen, Fruens Boege
"[A] sublime concert... [Cohen] was fantastic" -- Dagbladet Information
"A truly beautiful evening with an excellent band and a soloist,
who is still on top a month before his 76 birthday...
Now we just need a new album from the man...
I can hardly wait." -- Gaffa
August 18, 2010
"Leonard Cohen is a talented lyricist and singer,
and he has written some of the most beautiful love songs of the 20th Century.
His "golden voice carries" them with fresh varnish throughout the world...
He gives himself to the audience... Watching him, opens the heart." -- Der Tagesspiegel
"Thank God...for Leonard Cohen, who has never sung better,
never more moving than now, with almost 76 years." -- Der Tagesspiegel
"Like a good red wine Leonard Cohen is getting better with age." -- Noows
"[A] stunning concert with one of the most moving song poets of our day" -- Welt
August 20, 21 & 22, 2010
Sint-Pietersplein (St Peter's Square)
"[G]reat concert... Mr. Cohen came, saw and conquered my heart" -- Noows
"Absolutely world class." -- De Standaard
"Cohen and his band brought the audience into raptures over three hours." -- Nieuwsblad