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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



2007-12-27

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This Love Of Mine has now been played 70 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10JUL2004

Magic Time has now been played 134 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01APR2005

Have I Told You Lately has now been played 558 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 18MAY1989
New to the previous show.

Too Many Myths has now been played 31 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 17SEP2003

They Sold Me Out has now been played 63 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10APR2005
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Playhouse has now been played 123 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 11DEC2005
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Talk Is Cheap has now been played 122 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 27APR2000
New to the previous show.

Stop Drinking has now been played 241 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01DEC2001
Played at a different position from the previous show.

In The Midnight has now been played 210 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 02MAR1999
New to the previous show.

Moondance has now been played 776 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 26APR1970
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Back On Top has now been played 390 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 23FEB1998
New to the previous show.

Precious Time has now been played 552 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 16MAR1998
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Help Me has now been played 552 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 15FEB1973
New to the previous show.

Baby What You Want Me To Do has now been played 39 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 18SEP1979
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Don't Start Crying Now > Custard Pie has now been played 37 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 15AUG2003
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Brown Eyed Girl has now been played 561 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 28MAR1967
New to the previous show.

Gloria has now been played 672 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 17APR1964
New to the previous show.Overall closing shows 798 times.

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Van's set -- after a short one by Shana and her band, Caledonia -- got off to a rough start during the opening and never really recovered. At the end of This Love of Mine, a horrible feedback from Van's mike took over. Van said something like, "I'm not too happy with that. You shouldn't be either." Various smaller problems seemed to crop up the rest of the evening, maybe because Van was hypersensitive and it made everyone else on the stand uneasy.
Van's singing voice seemed clear and strong, but he suppressed a cough several times and broke off his vocals early sometimes. He drank water during and between every song. He pretty much stayed in a pretty narrow vocal and dynamic range. There was no way, for instance, that he was going to attempt "Satchmo" during Bright Side of the Road, and the scat at the end of Precious Time was minimal.
Other little things didn't seem to go right. Sarah Jory's chair seemed to break in mid-tune and had to be replaced while she half-stood and played. The band didn't seem to be picking up on all of Van's cues either. One time he poined to John Allair to take a solo but John Platania started up instead. The group sound often didn't seem to quite gel and Van seemed a little frustrated with them at times. There was also more discussion between songs than usual. Of course, Van's normal pacing is probably a little TOO fast.
After one fan yelled something between songs, Van said "What?!" Then, "Who the fuck let you in?" That's a line that could either break the ice on a chilly concert or signal that it's going to be "Mr. Grumpy" all night long. It was grumpy night.
In any event, nothing remotely meditative tonight. He finished with both a perfunctory Brown Eyed Girl and a perfunctory Gloria (although the latter had the novelty of Shana returning to the stage to provide some vocals). He was thoroughly professional, though. 20 years ago, he might have left the stage in mid-song and never returned. Tonight, BEG and Gloria had the audience standing, howling (mildly) for more. I heard some people behind me, attending their first Van show, remark that it was all they expected and more. They went away happy.


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