Tower of Song UHD-BD + BD (Long Description)
On the first anniversary of Leonard’s passing, Adam Cohen produced what is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful tribute concerts ever performed. 17,000 fans filled Montreal’s Bell Centre for an emotional homage to the artistry of Adam’s father by an exceptional group of performers including Sting, Elvis Costello, Courtney Love, k.d. lang, Patrick Watson, Bettye LaVette, Damien Rice and Lana Del Rey, among many others.
Award-winning director, Jack Bender, captured the event with over 20 cameras in glorious 4K resolution. Sound engineer Mark Vreeken, the genius who oversaw the sound for Leonard’s 2008-2013 world tour, recreated the audio magic in the Bell Center just as Leonard would have wanted. The concert audio was recorded and mixed by the award-winning audio team of François Lamoureux and Denis Normandeau.
Leonard’s presence was felt not only through the music but also through rare videos, including a video produced by Adam shown previously only at a private memorial celebration in Los Angeles for 150 family and friends in December 2016.
Jack Bender also captured the exceptional musicianship of the 24-piece orchestra and the house band of renowned musicians and singers, including Sharon Robinson, the Webb Sisters, Neil Larsen and Javier Mas.
The full tribute concert has been broadcast only on CBC. The HD Blu-Ray includes bonus footage of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Sophie Grégoire Trudeau delivering a tribute to Leonard and Canadian Seth Rogen reciting a Cohen poem. Both appeared at the tribute event but were not included in the CBC broadcast. No Blu-Rays of the tribute concert have previously been released. UHPF is providing the 4K version for its unparalleled quality as well as the normal Blu-Ray for those who might not have yet invested in 4K home technology.
“It’s a testament to the power of Leonard’s work that a similar air of intimacy came through at the tribute concert, despite the massive scale of the Bell Centre arena; the emotions cut far deeper than any simple greatest hits set.” – Newsweek
“Cohen used to call Mas ‘shepherd of the strings,’ and it's evident why: the musician stole the show multiple times last night . . . What would a Leonard Cohen tribute be without k.d. lang singing ‘Hallelujah’? The singer, … walking onstage barefoot, breaking everyone's hearts as she moved between belting out the chorus and settling in for the song's quieter, more reverent moments, and leaving everyone in tears as she led the show into intermission.” – CBC
“All sang with passion and great reverence for the songs they performed. They gave the distinct impression they were honored to be part of the event, reflected in their heartfelt renditions . . . A year after his much-lamented passing for which there was no public funeral, it was hard not to feel that last night’s moving event provided a sense of closure for his fans, with the lasting solace that Cohen’s songs will live on for generations.” -- Times of Israel
“’I was in a totally altered state of unconditional love,’ said one audience member after the show. She was clearly not alone.” -- Noisey