Sunday, 25 January 2009

The best dressed man in Healesville

Leonard Cohen's first Australian show last night at Rochford Winery in Healesville - well, it was great; just superb, funny, stylish, exciting, moving. Such a wonderful evening.

This was the day:

This was the bizarrely soft and green grass provided for us to recline upon:

This was the general scene:

This was the pair sitting in front of me who yacked all the way through Paul Kelly's set ('bla, bla, bla, this song was a movie yeh? Yeh with Hugh Jackman's wife in it, bla, bla, bla')

This was the police presence which was evidently deeply absorbed in enjoying the show and could usefully have gone about telling yackers to shut up, but didn't:

This was the wine you could buy there - byo not allowed - $30 a bottle; I didn't have any but just going by a visual assessment it didn't appear to contain gold flakes. Extortion notwithstanding there were a good number of concert goers stumbling around shitfaced at the end of the night.

I have heard it said that the contents of the forty or so portaloos discreetly arrayed at the back of the site are used by Rochford to fertilise the vineyards.

This was Leonard singing "The Future":

If you're going to another show you're going to have a seriously good time.


Virginia said...

Snap. He was magnificent, and I want to marry him.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the report! Have the Ent Cent gig this Wed and then the winery one next Sunday, got good reserved seating so please god no yakkers.

Can.Not. Wait.

Pavlov's Cat said...

If I get yakkers this evening it is possible that I will hurt them, if only to give the police presence something to do.

wv: baffact

Cozalcoatl said...

Jealous, soo much.
I live in the US now, so i only have myself to blame by not seeing him in his other tours. Sydney would have been so much easier to organise.

i shall now cry in the corner.

Helen said...

Why why WHY do people do that?

You can't blame "the young people of today™" because they're obvs old farts.

Kirsty said...

Did those yakkers mention that the whole story is a strange Australian appropriation of a short story by Raymond Carver? Also seen in adaptation in Robert Altman's Short Cuts? That would've shut them up. Maybe.

Looks like a beautiful day.

Jason said...

I went to Bowral! It was ace!