Sunday, October 19, 2008

Leonard Cohen: 10 October 2008: Helsinki

It's been 15 years since his last tour. One of the best concerts I have ever seen happened in the Hartwall Arena to 11,000 Cohen fans. Incredible pictures and the set list are posted here and here.

Here is the set list from that page:

First set
1. Dance me to the end of love
2. The Future
3. Ain't no cure for love
4. Bird on the wire
5. Everybody knows
6. In my secret life
7. Who by fire
8. Waiting for the miracle
9. Heart with no Companion
10. Hey, that's no way to say good bye
11. Anthem

Second set
12. Tower of song
13. Suzanne
14. Gypsy wife
15. The Partisan
16. Boogie Street
17. Hallelujah
18. Democracy
19. I'm your man
20. Take this waltz

21. So long, Marianne
22. First we take Manhattan
23. Famous blue raincoat
24. If it be your will
25. Closing time
26. I tried to leave you
27. Whither thou goest

It was the same day that the former Finnish prime minister Martti Ahtisaari was announced to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Cohen was incredibly humble in his statement: "I have dedicated this concert to Martti Ahtisaari and anyone else who looks at this vale of tears and decides to lend a helping hand. We are very grateful to him."

If you ever want to see a 73-year old with incredible passion, intimacy, and lyrical abilities, you will not want to miss seeing this man. A very special birthday present from my loving wife.

(Image by Eija, posted at the


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