Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Leonard Cohen Live at Bislett Stadium

Leonard Cohen is in Oslo tonight. :-)

I wasn't planning to go ... I basically thought about it a while back but didn't get around to getting a ticket. The story of my life. ;-) But this afternoon when I talked to Anéa, she suggested we try to get some tickets ... online or wherever ... and go to the concert if we could manage it. Anéa, thank you!! Fantastic idea!! :-)

We did get hold of tickets from some random guy online and got to the stadium about 20 minutes before Cohen came on stage. (Yeah, we didn't care about the opening act. :-) I am SO happy that we went!! The show was wonderful, absolutely fantastic, and lasted much longer than we expected. That guy's got stamina!! Seriously, we were impressed. 74 years old, but seemed to be still energetic after almost three hours on stage. Yeah, we were impressed. :-)

This was basically just a fantastic show. An absolutely wonderful experience. I'm so happy I got to be there ... along with 12 ooo other fans who all had such a great time. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity ... this was his 11th concert in Norway, but the last one was 15 years ago. Kind of before my time. :-) Who knows but that this may have been his last concert here?

This is what we saw ...

And this is what Cohen saw. :-)

He really liked seeing this. Our flag and his, waving in the wind together. :-)

Happy Canada Day to Canadians everywhere!! I was happy to spend it with one of your greatest living countrymen. :-)

10 comments:

Anne Ida said...

Oh, looks like a fabulous event! Happy you enjoyed it!

KAS said...

Hey, we were there too! Too bad we didn't see you guys... Not surprising, I guess, all things considered. :-)

Anyway. Wonderful, wonderful concert!!

Leisha Camden said...

What?! Only 12 000 people there and we didn't spot each other?? Srsly wyrd. ;-) We had seats in the 'southern curve' ... where were you guys sitting?

Amazing concert, yes. Fabulous is the word. :-) I'm SOO glad we went. A wonderful experience. I called my mother before we went in ... she's a fan from way back, a bigger fan than me, and she'd thought about going but then, you know, all this stuff with my grandmother happened and now she's out of town anyway (she was at my uncle's house last night) ... I called her and asked her to guess where I was. She said no way could she guess that, 'you could be anywhere' ... I said she was probably right and that I was outside Bislett Stadium about to go see Leonard Cohen. She literally shouted into the phone, NO!! I'M SO JEALOUS!! :-D

As well she should have been, because it was fantastic ... !!! :-D

trilltrall said...

Ja helt enig!! Denne konserten var så kul!! Ble med mora og søstra til KAS. Vi hadde det så kult!! Dette var stort!! KAS har skaffa seg den offisielle world tour t-skjorta. PS!! Jeg har sendt deg bildene vi tok på konserten.

Leisha Camden said...

trilltrall: I got the official shirt too - couldn't resist! - and the official world tour tote bag as well! LOL!

That was really what I needed - another tote bag. Especially a tote bag that cost 200 crowns! :-o But ... but ... it was the Leonard Cohen World Tour 2008 official tote bag ... !!

More pictures, yes please! I took more than the ones I posted here, too, but, well, they didn't turn out too good. I'm sure yours are better (your camera sure is ;-).

operafantomet said...

Aaaaw, I think I'm still a bit dizzy after last night. It was a GREAT concert. I expected it to be great (lontime fan), but not that GREAT. He really delivered up there. And the stamina...? Holy cow...

Remember we commented on the press photographers walking out before the concert started? They really walked out. I can understand why (they had to sign a horrendous agreement to be able to take photos), but I'm quite pissed at the journalists for walking out as well. No photos, no reviews - that's the policy. Because, you see, "photos are half the review". Aaagh, I really disagree. I'm discussing it in my blog as we speak... http://operafantomet.livejournal.com/116232.html

But anyway, I'm SOOOO glad you joined yesterday. We experienced Leonard freakin' Cohen live, for three hours! Aaaah.

seethroughfaith said...

wonderful experience for you. I'm glad

KAS said...

At least Dagsavisen bothered to give us a review... Not a bad one, either.

LC - guess you can tell from trilltrall's photos that our seats were on the 'other side' from yours, plus I guess closer to the stage? We had those "non-numbered" seats, so grabbed us some of those grey folding chairs they had there. Well. I'm a little unclear on exactly where you guys were sitting. ;-)

Whaddayamean, they had an official tote bag??!! Maaan, I missed that! Bummer...

Leisha Camden said...

We were sitting in the permanent seats, on the fourth row ... and yeah, kind of on the opposite side from where you were. We thought about going down onto the stadium 'floor' and grabbing some seats there instead, but decided against it ... we wouldn't hear any better down there :-) and obviously we wouldnt be able to get close enough to see much more of the stage than we already did - we'd still be mainly watching the screen - in fact we might see a little less down there since we'd have a bunch of heads in front of us. :-) And as you know Anéa is pretty tall so she likes bleacher seats better than floor seats; then she knows she isn't blocking anyone's view. (Sorry, operafantomet!! ;-)

Yup, they had tote bags! And I got me one! When did you buy stuff? Maybe they were out by then and had taken the bag down off the wall? I bought my stuff during the interval, they seemed to have a pile of them then.

Yeah, both Aftenposten and Dagsavisen wrote it up. But I totally understand the others boycotting it. I mean, 'now, in order to be allowed to do your job of providing us with free publicity, you must sign this contract in accordance with the laws of the State of California' - WTF?? Maybe they can pull off that shit back where they come from but I'm happy to know it's not flying here.

I'm hoping it's management and not Cohen who's behind that unfortunate decision.

Boirina said...

It's good to know it was a great show. I'll be seeing him in Lisbon on the 19th. I'm counting the days!