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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



2007-11-16

Songs Length
1h31m29s

Setlist

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Band

Setlist Remarks

This Love Of Mine has now been played 66 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 10JUL2004
New to the previous show.

Foreign Window has now been played 133 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 05JUL1986
New to the previous show.

Magic Time has now been played 125 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 01APR2005

Choppin' Wood has now been played 97 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 29OCT2000
New to the previous show.

Bright Side Of The Road has now been played 482 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 15MAY1979

Foggy Mountain Top has now been played 98 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 24JUN1974
New to the previous show.

Goin' Down Geneva > Brand New Cadillac has now been played 122 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 27JUL1999
New to the previous show.

In The Afternoon > Ancient Highway > Raincheck >Common One has now been played 2 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 26OCT2007
New to the previous show.

Moondance has now been played 769 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 26APR1970

Playhouse has now been played 115 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 11DEC2005
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Don't Start Crying Now > Custard Pie has now been played 34 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 15AUG2003
New to the previous show.

Saint James Infirmary has now been played 145 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 22FEB2001
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Have I Told You Lately has now been played 551 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 18MAY1989
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Here Comes The Night has now been played 140 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 01OCT1964
New to the previous show.

Sometimes We Cry has now been played 232 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 13AUG1996
New to the previous show.

Precious Time has now been played 545 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 16MAR1998
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Brown Eyed Girl has now been played 556 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 28MAR1967
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Help Me has now been played 549 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 15FEB1973
Overall closing shows 57 times.

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The show started really promising, with a fine This Love Of Mine and then a superb Foreign Window, followed by Magic Time. T for Texas was played very slow and bluesy, Van asking the piano player to 'boogie woogie now!', which he did more or less... The band was very tight, if not too tight. My wife commented after the show that it was all so well crafted and directed, that nobody really TOOK a solo, none of the musicians did (dare to) take that extra step. Sarah and Tony were maybe the two who seemed to be the most 'into the music'. I can agree with my wife (I sometimes do ;-)), though the whole show was very very solid, musically.
The highlights were definitely my all time favourite Foreign Window and In The Afternoon. In The Afternoon had a long stretched out part including Big Joe Turner and 'Swedenborg Church-At the Notting Hill Gate-In The Mystic Church-I was thinking about it-I was sitting own-meditation-contemplation-in other words religion'. Which of course we all know from the good old Summertime In England-days. Van had most of the audience with him on this song, even with the quieter parts. Well, except for the two lads standing three feet behind us and who I think now have the world record for 'continuously-talking-for-90-minutes-without-taking-a-breath'. Grr. 'Sometimes We Cry' was powerful and great.
Van's voice might not have been as good as can be, it seemed to me that he might be suffering from a cold. The Venue itself is quite dreadful. It has good acoustics but absolutely zero atmosphere. There are only a few seats in the very back of the hall, the rest is standing. There's room for about 10.000 people.
Remarkable: Van had the two bars located inside the hall closed, maybe because he didn't want people walking to and fro all the time and because of the noise. There were bars open elsewhere in the building, and quite some people did leave the room for a beer. Personally, I can do without a drink for 90 minutes.
The area where the venue is located is even more dreadful (all my personal opinion, of course!). This part of Amsterdam is a sea of concrete, brick, steal and glass. It might be called modern architecture, I hate it. After the show I thought about how much contrast there is between this cold and chilly environment and the images Van paints with his music: Mystery, nature, love, religion. To me two different worlds.
Most of the people were apparently not so familiar with were Van is at now. There was great rumour when Van sang the first line of HITYL Vegas-style, and after Help Me, almost everybody was waiting for the next thing to come, while we sneaked out the door, grabbed our coat and catched the train.
All in all, I think it was a fine evening, with the best we can get from Van, considered where he's at now. If only he would play Vredenburg again...
And if only he (and his musicians) would really stretch out and improvise...
My final comment (and this really bothers me) is that there is still absolutely nothing new in the show, and it has been this way for a very very long time. I think Magic Time is the most recent 'new' song. Van does now include that Swedenborg Church part in In The Afternoon, but still it all has been done before. It is not really new. I bet Van did not ONLY listen to Big Joe Turner while driving the Ancient Highway, so why not play around with that a bit? Might lead into something else. I guess that's how the song developed long ago to what it is now. Why not carry on? I don't really understand. Therefore I'm really curious about this new album next year. I hope it IS new.


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