Leonard Cohen At Louisville Palace Theater

Leonard Cohen, 78, brought his latest world tour to the Louisville Palace Theater in Louisville, KY on March 30. “Best Easter ever,” shouted one excitable woman during “So Long, Marianne.” Cohen’s dark and evocative lyrics seemed extra powerful in the ornate, Spanish Baroque-styled venue. During the performance, he frequently dropped to his knees (still in good shape, thanks to frequent meditation), as if to convey the heaviness of his words. The crowd was tuned in to his every word, stage move, and instrumental flourish. Are you patronizing me,” Cohen joked after receiving applause for a rudimentary keyboard solo during “Tower of Song.” But for those in attendance, the word “worship” was closer to the truth.

– Evan Schlansky

Set List:

Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who by Fire
The Darkness
Ain’t No Cure for Love
Amen
Come Healing
Democracy
A Thousand Kisses Deep
Anthem
Second Set
Tower of Song
Avalanche
Suzanne
Show Me the Place
Anyhow
Lover Lover Lover
Alexandra Leaving (performed by Sharon Robinson)
I’m Your Man
Hallelujah
Take This Waltz
Encore:
So Long, Marianne
Going Home
Closing Time
Encore 2:
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will (performed by the Webb Sisters)
Save the Last Dance for Me (The Drifters cover)
Encore 3:
I Tried to Leave You