First We Take Manhattan, Then We Go Vegas – The 2009 Leonard Cohen Girls! Girls! Girls! Las Vegas Revue

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

From Everybody Knows
By Leonard Cohen1

Leonard Cohen World Tour – Playing The Odds In Las Vegas

A mid-level manager at a regional advertising agency, whose child has now been returned to him safe and sound, has revealed the special marketing campaign submitted for the 2009 Leonard Cohen Las Vegas concert. [Update: Inexplicably, this plan was never implemented.]

Webb Sisters Sublime In Latex

The theme, touted in the marketing memos as “classic, classy cabaret,” is apparent in the alterations made in the portion of the show featuring “The Sublime Webb Sisters” – who will be presented at the Las Vegas gig as “The Sublime Webb Mistresses.” The tentative script for Leonard’s introduction of them begins, “Confuse them with the Sisters Of Mercy at your own risk … ”

Their customized for Vegas version of “If It Be Your Will” – renamed for the occasion “That’s ‘If It Be Our Will,’ Biatch” – is the first performance of that song to feature handcuffs, a variety of leather implements, battery cables, and a volunteer from the audience.2

Leonard Cohen Las Vegas Concert TV Ad

Even more thematically indicative, however, is this rough cut of the TV ad being produced to promote the World Tour Las Vegas concert.

Leonard Cohen – Las Vegas Concert Ad

Leonard Cohen’s Vegas Blessing

In addition, a special blessing by Leonard to be used only at the Las Vegas show will be

“Never Stand On A Soft 17”

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Sept 1, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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  1. The most Las-Vegasy of Leonard Cohen’s songs []
  2. Hattie’s harp is apparently still part of the act but, according to a stagehand who has witnessed one of the secret rehearsals, “It isn’t the harp getting plucked, if you know what I mean.” []

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