I’d seen him play in London a couple of years ago; he was less conversational last night, but as always he gave a good show.
He and his wonderful band played for over three and a half hours, and his voice – at the age of 76 – was as deep and powerful as ever. He was polite, sincere and humble. He even sang ‘Lover Lover Lover’ (the only Cohen song to make the German charts) right at the end as someone held up a banner requesting it.
Seeing him perform in the open air arena in the middle of the forest, originally built and used by the Nazis, was a quasi-religious experience, and of course ‘First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin’ really got the crowd going. Here it is, followed by a very interesting recent interview: