Leonard Cohen Live in Istanbul
As the twin encoresmagnificent renditions of "So Long Marianne," "First We Take Manhattan," "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Closing Time" brought the night to an end, there was a real sense that Cohen had reconnected with his fan base and audience with a thoughtful, well-measured and exhilarating live show. Somehow, between the magic of his fantastic songs, his superb band, the mysterious charisma of the man himself and the will of the crowd to enjoy the moment, something strange and spectacular happened: a thrilling performance that nobody, perhaps not even the man at its centre, could really explain. When Cohen sings with total conviction, age is irrelevant. Class is permanent. Every show feels unique. The Ulker Sports Arena witnessed one of the best.
All Photos: Ülker Sports Arena site