So we missed it live…

But we got a video!:

It’s a half hour, so give yourself some time. Or you can skip ahead to around 18:00 (-11:30) or so.

 
FYI: Info on Toyota Texas Music Revolution here.

RIP, Leonard Cohen

For more about that “part of our journey,” click on over to these…

This really was the “Hallelujah” TV cover that started it all. In 2008, when Castro performed a vulnerable acoustic version on Idol’s top 16 week, judge Simon Cowell noted that the late Jeff Buckley’s 1994 rendition was one of his favorite recordings of all time. This resulted in a huge sales spike for Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” propelling it to the top spot on the iTunes singles chart. The single was later certified platinum, 14 years after its original release and 11 years after Buckley’s death; at the time, this was the biggest digital sales spike for a song performed by an Idol contestant. Cohen’s original and a version by Rufus Wainwright also received sales boosts, and Castro himself appeared briefly in the top spot on iTunes chart (he was removed due to Idol producers not wanting to favor any one contestant; it was a very different world then). Eight years later, Castro’s “Hallelujah” is still considered one of the greatest performances in American Idol history.

Yahoo Music

 

“Hallelujah” has also been recorded by Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, k.d. Lang, Bon Jovi, and countless contestants on American Idol (including season seven contestant Jason Castro, who had a minor hit with it and created another moment for Buckley’s version).

EW.com

 

In March 2008, after American Idol contestant Jason Castro sang Buckley’s arrangement of “Hallelujah” on Fox’s talent competition, Buckley’s recording shot to #1 on the Top Digital Songs chart.

Yahoo News

In 2008, during the seventh season of American Idol, Jason Castro performed Buckley’s version of the song, which propelled the late singer’s version to the top of download charts

People

 

And you definitely want to check out Billboard’s list of 12 Most Memorable Covers of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, because it wraps up with Leonard Cohen’s own original version.

RIP, Mr. Cohen. The world has lost a poet.

Yay, more bootleg!

These are from Nashville, with thanks to Copian fayemcd–thank you, Faye!

“Rock and Roll”:

Video by macfae

“Head to My Heart”:

Video by macfae

“Waters of Jordan”:

Video by macfae

“Hallelujah”:

Video by macfae

“Hearts Coming Home”:

Video by macfae

“Good For You”:

Video by macfae

“Automatic”:

Video by macfae

Faye also wrote us a great recap, so check that out in our forums!

Still more tour, with bootleg!

Now, now, we’ll get to the bootleg. Moving along…

Philly:

DC:

Indianapolis:

Soundcheck in Indy. Back on the road with the boys! @greenriverordinance @theroosevelts

A photo posted by Jackie Castro (@jackie_castro) on

Columbus:

And we have an excellent recap from Columbus by our own ArtTeacher, so be sure to check it out in our forum. There are also photos:

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(That’s a teaser. Go check out the recap for the rest!)

Chicago:

And here’s the bootleg–thank you, Rose Queen!

Good For You:

Video by rosequeen49

Hallelujah:

Video by rosequeen49

Automatic:

Video by rosequeen49

Diamond Dreams:

Video by rosequeen49

Nashville:

 

Thank you for the finds, Jasonized and ArtTeacher–and for the great recap, Arty!–and for the videos, RoseQueen!

A little exchange from Twitter…

So there was this:

Which quote-tweeted this:

Which links back to this little bit of insta-bootleg, which I cannot embed, but you should definitely check out!

Bootleg from Atlanta!

Thanks for the music, misfitoys–it looks like you got their whole set!*

“Automatic”

Video by misfitoys

“Hallelujah”

Video by misfitoys

“Head to My Heart”

Video by misfitoys

“Waters of Jordan”

Video by misfitoys

“Good for You”

Video by misfitoys

“Know Me Well”

Video by misfitoys

“Diamond Dreams”

Video by misfitoys

*misfit toys informs us that in fact she missed out on recording the first song and the group sing. (CLOSE ENOUGH FOR US!) For the rest of her recap, stop by our forums.

Thanks again, misfit!

ETA: Also, do not miss chocolatechic’s awesome recap in our forum. (Come on in, the chatter’s fine!)

 

Thanks for the find, Jasonized!

I dunno, I’m not tired of it yet…

There’s this piece in The New York Times: How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

“Hallelujah” survived the doctor dramas and the evening-soap finales, but it almost succumbed to reality TV, where unseasoned vocalists repeatedly tried to impress their judges by remaking it with big runs and rococo flourishes. Jason Castro delivered the most celebrated “Idol” performance

 
So here’s the thing, Mr. Murray–Jason’s performance is the most celebrated because he did the opposite of “remaking it with big runs and rococo flourishes”; he sang as stripped down a version as there can be, and he still does, which is what lets the emotion shine through. And it’s always beautiful.

That is all.

Dallas, TX (Sept. 9)

DALLAS!! See u tonight @hobdallas! Doors @ 7 we go on at 8!

A photo posted by Michael Castro (@mcastromusic) on

Since there were some Copians in the house (WOO HOO, Becky, Winnie, and Brenda–thank you so much for sharing!) we have bootlegs:

A video posted by Becky Vogt (@beckyqv) on

Winnie has a lovely long video from their set on Facebook–it was a live feed, but I don’t know how to bring it here, so you’ll have to click over. DO ITTTT! It’s here and also here, and the sound is very good. Thanks, Winnie!

Yet more bootleg from the April 5 show at the Hotel Café

Know Me Well (This is the song titled “Good For You” by SnapCracklyPop, below–we’ll have to wait and see what Castro titles it.):

Video by Elizabeth Rosalyn The

Hello:

Video by Elizabeth Rosalyn The

And the one we’ll never get tired of, Jason singing Hallelujah:

Video by Elizabeth Rosalyn The

So look. If more bootleg from this gig shows up, I’m going to put it right here in this post, so check back now and then. (What? Well, that’s what bookmarks are for. …You’re welcome!)

 

(Thank you for the finds, Jasonized!)

There are lists…

And number 7 of the 10 performances that changed “American Idol” according to the Boston Globe is:

7. Jason Castro, “Hallelujah”

[…] Season 7’s dreadlocked fourth-place finisher Castro turned in a clear-eyed performance that launched Buckley’s version to the top of he Digital Song chart […] and inspired former “Idol” mastermind Simon Cowell to insert it into almost every singing competition in which he had a hand.

 

To read the full paragraph–and, if you insist, the other nine performances–click on over to The Boston Globe’s article, 10 ‘American Idol’ performances that changed the show.