Chelsea Hotel: A tribute to Leonard Cohen - was created at First
Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 31, 1998. Minneapolis
singer/songwriter Mean Larry was the host. The artists featured during the
night were: Mean Larry, Diane Martinson, John Murdoch, Brian
Timm(Fatt Tuesday), Pete Maye(3 Car Garage), JJ Saecker(Diane Martinson
Trio), Sara Olsen (Mean Larry & Friends), Lori Jacobson (Mean Larry &
Friends), and Bill Roberts.
Mean Larry reports: "This was the fourth time in the last three years that I have put on Chelsea Hotel: a tribute to Leonard Cohen (for those not familiar with
First Avenue check out the movie "Purple Rain" with Prince, First Avenue is the back drop for that movie). The 1st year it was about 50 below zero with the wind chill and we still had 300 people show!
The 1998 Tribute evening was a wonderful success, 400 ravenous LC fans turned out at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis.
My band is a basic rock set of drums, bass, electric guitar and keyboard - I play the acoustic guitar and sing most of the songs, there are also 3 backing vocalists
I stage the show somewhat like Leonard would do live - although I don't quite
have his skills at pacing a show. This show, I opened the concert with the cut
The Great Event - while that played over the house sound system, the large
video screen was raised to reveal the band, and then the keyboardist set the
mood, the ladies entered the stage and then myself and we were off!
Set List: Dance Me To The End Of Love, Everybody Knows, Bird On The Wire, Suzanne, Ain't No
Cure For Love, Tonight Will Be Fine, There Is A War, The Partisan (please
excuse our French), Who By Fire, Take This Longing, Sisters Of Mercy, If It Be
Your Will, Famous Blue Raincoat, Chelsea Hotel #2, No Diamonds In The Mine, Joan Of
Then we came up for an encore: I'm Your Man, Tower of Song, The Future, Is
This What You Wanted?, First We Take Manhattan
This year the audience called out for us to play So Long Marianne ( I told them
that was a long time ago back in Greece), Waiting For A Miracle and Closing
Time (I explained that it was too early to close the club) - actually I will
probably add those songs to next years show.
During the show I promoted the Intensity fanzine and Jarkko's site!
Someone asked me for a bumpersticker for his Harley. I signed one autograph
and received a lot of free drinks.
We received a lot of support for the show locally:
Leonard Cohen tours so infrequently it's great to have a local ensemble,
Chelsea Hotel, devoted to the music of the man whose artistic intensity and
commercial durability defies current standards. Jim Meyer / Star Tribune
It would be pretty tough to simulate Leonard Cohen's simple, masterfully
meloncholic music, but these good folks are going to give it a try. Generally,
I like to be alone when receiving my dose of Cohen, so if you see me there,
I'll be tucked away in some dark, cozy nook. Wolf Vest / Pulse (weekly