The artist impressed his Romanian audience on Friday with an unforgettable show, melancholic and breathtaking songs and exquisite musicians that seduced his thousands of listeners of all ages.
The famous Canadian musician Leonard Cohen performed for the second time in Romania, on the “Iolanda Balas Soter” Youth Stadium in Bucharest, charming again his approximately 7,000 listeners by his wonderful, haunting songs and poetry. The artist came on stage at 8 pm after the last group of viewers arrived from the initial location of the show, the Constitution Square. The concert required to be moved in the last moment, due to the beer festival that was organized nearby.
The artist wore a black suit and a hat. He took it off, while paying a reverence to greet his audience. “Thank you very much, my friends. We do not know when we will pass your way again, so we will give you all we have tonight,” the artist said..
Warmly applauded by the audience, he started his show with “Dance Me to the End of Love.” The artist performed evergreens such as “Everybody Knows,” “In My Secret Life” and “Waiting for the Miracle,” in the first part of his show. After approximately an hour and a quarter, the artist and his band thanked the audience and withdrew for a couple of minutes.
When coming back on stage, Cohen thanked his fans for staying to listen to his music, and continued by performing “Tower of Song,” “Suzanne,” “I’m Your Man” and “Take This Waltz.” The latter also closed the approximately 150-minute concert, which highly resembled last year’s show, as both were part of “The Fall Tour,” Cohen’s return tour after a break of 15 years.
The audience warmly applauded the artist after the show. The viewers stood up to honour the Troubadour of Anguish with enthusiastic cheers, rewarded with four encores: “So Long, Marianne,” “First, We Take Manhattan” and “If It Be Your Will.”
“It was a great honour to sing for your hearts,” Leonard Cohen confessed, when leaving the stage for the last time.
For his Bucharest concert, Cohen was accompanied by Sharon Robinson, co-author to many of the artist’s famous songs and Webb sisters as backing vocals, Roscoe Beck (guitar, bass), Neil Larsen (keyboards, accordion), Bob Metzger (electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Javier Mas (acoustic guitar), Rafael Gayol (percussions) and Dino Soldo (saxophone, clarinet and keyboards).
On September 21, 2008, the artist celebrated his birthday with the applauses of the 10,000 fans who attended his performance on the Arch of Triumph Stadium. On that occasion, the issued tickets sold out fast and many fans missed the chance to watch the performance.