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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



1986-07-05

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For some, the show at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of Place des Arts did not go down well. After an opening set by Mose Allison, Morrison virtually ignored his hits from the '60s and '70s, preferring to stick to the kind of leisurely, pastoral meditations that dominated his just-released No Guru, No Method, No Teacher. The audience disappointment was palpable and Morrison reacted in kind. John Griffin reviewed the show for the Gazette. Acknowledging Morrison's artistic need to get past the early hits, he described some of the tension in the room. "(Morrison) played only Moondance from his early days, and that early on in the show, prompting one in the crowd to shout later, 'How dare you keep us in suspense?' " Griffin wrote. "That fan had missed the point, but Morrison's meandering set and overt hostility - his first encore was a caustic reading of Sondheim's Send in the Clowns - did nothing to sooth crushed expectations." Jazz festival artistic director Andre Menard, who was also at the show, said he remembered no sense of disappointment. "It was fantastic. Some people felt let down by the fact that he did not do many hits, but great artists like him could always play new stuff and I really don't mind," Menard said. "I think these questions have been resolved by Bob Dylan over the years," he said. "Artists of their stature don't have to play their hits in identical versions as if they were a jukebox."
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