Leonard Cohen never gets old.
I mean that both literally and figuratively. As far as the latter goes, I'd already seen Cohen five times in recent years. Yet, I still was counting down the days until I could see him again on Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, during the first half of a two-night stand at the beautiful downtown Oakland venue.
The result was the same as ever: It was an incredible pleasure to witness Cohen sing such musical masterpieces as "Tower of Song," "Bird on the Wire" and "Dance Me to the End of Love." His performance was every bit as strong as the one seen by fans (including me) back in November at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
The added bonus, of course, was that this performance wasn't at a hockey arena. No knock on the Pavilion, which is a fine place to see shows, but Cohen's greatness is certainly magnified in an intimate theater setting.
His songbook -- which truly ranks as one of the finest in popular music history -- is downright timeless. Yet, the singer himself is proving to be just as ageless a wonder.
Sure, technically speaking, this Canadian legend is 78-years old. Yet, he sure didn't act like a man approaching 80 as he poured his heart, soul and remarkable energy into his generous set. He took the stage right after 8 p.m. and was still there as the clock ticked past 11:30 p.m.
As the concert drew to a close, with such significant offerings as "I'm Your Man," "So Long, Marianne" and "First
I can hardly wait for my next dance with Cohen.
Follow Jim Harrington at http://twitter.com/jimthecritic, www.facebook.com/jim.bayareanews and http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/category/concerts.