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04:41 am: An Evening with Leonard Cohen: October 20, 2009
To think I hesitated going to this show due to being sick (again). I had a late start, but running at lightning speed, I once again felt like Luke Skywalker doing the trench run blazing up I-85 between the jersey walls and 18-wheelers. I pushed it a little close but thankfully made it in one piece to the Fox.

I was a bit concerned when I presented my ticket and the usher told me it wouldn't scan and that I need to consult the box office for a possible refund. WTF? Waiting for a miracle, I approached the box office and was told my ticket had been upgraded. So, I went from the back of the orchestra to the $300+ ticket section. Yay me! I tried earlier in the day to get another ticket but nothing under $300 was available for sale so I had to pass on buying a ticket for wtb. Because I was feeling ooky, wtb generously offered to drive me there and sit in his truck until I was ready to go home. Thankfully, I got to feeling better; besides I would have felt awful if he sat bored until the show was over. I opted to skip Dragon Con for this rare event so I figured although I couldn't afford the best section (at $500-$600++) or the second best (at $300) or even the third best (at $177) so I went for the $127 ticket (with taxes and surcharges from TicketBastard it took me to roughly $150). I was downright giddy over my upgrade. :)

The show was stellar. Even at seventy-five years of age, Leonard Cohen is top-notch and absolutely mesmerizing. The entire concert lasted over three hours with a brief intermission and three or four encores. This was the first show I've ever seen where a musician received a standing ovation before ever singing a song.

I wasn't sure whether to expect t-shirt and memorbilia sales for his show and I was quite happy to find a few girly tees that I snatched up before the show started.

Let me first preface the next statement by stating that I have nothing against morbidly obese people. However, I found myself seated behind and beside two very large women (my best guess is the one in front of me was female, but I could be wrong and I wasn't about to do the Crocodile Dundee approach to determining gender). The lady beside me was quite literally spilling over into my seat so much so that I had to lean all night to the other side. She was saturated, no, drenched in very strong and repulsive perfume. She also chose to sing along to her favorite songs. [[This was by no means a rock concert so the sound was loud enough, but not so loud as to drown out people talking (or singing). Every time she attempted to warble and ultimately massacre the song, I gave her plenty of stink eye. She seemed to get the point. There was a man seated directly behind me that reeked of body odor. PEEEEE-YEW!

Thanks to Fatty Femmebuckle and her nauseating perfume, I got to drive home with a bitch and a half of a migraine. I won't give her full credit for it, the flickering and changing stage lights probably added a quarter bitch to the pain.

There was only one song I wanted to hear that wasn't performed (The Story of Isaac). Here is the setlist from the show:

Dance Me to the End of Time
The Future
Aint No Cure for Love
Bird on a Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who by Fire
Chelsea Hotel
Waiting for the Miracle
Tower of Song
Sisters of Mercy
The Gypsy's Wife
A Partisan
Boogie Street (performed by Sharon Robinson)
I'm Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (poem performed by L. Cohen)
Take this Waltz
So Long, Marianne (encore set)
First We Take Manhattan
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It be Your Will (the Webb sisters [if I'm not mistaken])
Closing Time
I Tried to Leave You

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[User Picture]
Date:October 21st, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Great talking to you!
Date:October 21st, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)

yin yang

sounds like an evening of humanity to go with your upgrade
[User Picture]
Date:October 21st, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)

Re: yin yang

Humanity is so over-rated...
[User Picture]
Date:October 22nd, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for keeping me company on the way home! Be sure to let me know when you're back in town; we'll paint the town red with the blood of our victims!
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Date:October 21st, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I wondered if you made it to dragoncon and now I know. Sorry you couldn't enjoy the show. :(
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Date:October 22nd, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
I was going to try to day trip it but things just didn't work out. I'm hoping to get back on track for next year. I'll save a lap dance for you!
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Date:October 22nd, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. :( I hope you do too. I'm hoping to as well. I've been unemployed 13 months now. Now that I'm single I plan to take you up on it. ;)
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Date:October 24th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
I can sympathize with the unemployment bit; I haven't worked since January 2008 but that's due to health limitations. I'll be glad when I can get everything back on track. Single again?!
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Date:October 24th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
I know you can but I didn't know it was that long. I'm up to 13 months. I hope you get better. I know the feeling. I'll be glad when we get back on track, too! ;) Yes. Only pleasuregelf has had the stamina to date me. *shrugs*
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