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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



2008-02-29

Songs Length
1h34m21s

Setlist

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Band

Setlist Remarks

This Love Of Mine has now been played 76 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10JUL2004
New to the previous show.

Magic Time has now been played 143 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01APR2005

Playhouse has now been played 132 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 11DEC2005

A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues has now been played 33 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 23JAN1993
Played for the first time this year.

Stop Drinking has now been played 245 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01DEC2001
New to the previous show.

I Can't Stop Loving You has now been played 162 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 21JUN1977
New to the previous show.

Moondance has now been played 783 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 26APR1970
New to the previous show.

How Can A Poor Boy has now been played 4 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

School Of Hard Knocks has now been played 2 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
New to the previous show.

That's Entrainment has now been played 3 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
New to the previous show.

Keep It Simple has now been played 3 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Don't Go To Nightclubs Anymore has now been played 4 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Lover Come Back has now been played 2 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
New to the previous show.

Soul has now been played 4 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

End Of The Land has now been played 3 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Song Of Home has now been played 3 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

No Thing has now been played 2 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
New to the previous show.

Bright Side Of The Road has now been played 493 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 15MAY1979
New to the previous show.

Precious Time has now been played 560 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 16MAR1998
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Behind The Ritual has now been played 4 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Help Me has now been played 560 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 15FEB1973
New to the previous show.Overall closing shows 57 times.

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Petra
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Just one bad thing to be mentioned: The Palladium is an unseated hall. While it is a challenge yet bearable to stand for hours and hours – particularly if you are not that young anymore – I definitely loathe being stuck in a crowd of insensitive people holding plastic beer cups, shouting, whistling and having to fight for a little space and view.
But actually this was annoying during Shirley Grimes’ support act only – once Van is on stage all pain recedes to the darkness ...
Good to see John Platania and Katie Kissoon to be back to Van’s band. And it soon becomes obvious that this is going to be a good evening. What a pleasure to sense, watch and hear how this band enjoys playing together! And – big surprise – so does Van tonight !
Van doesn’t talk much to the audience in Cologne (just compare to the Francfort review !) but he smiles a lot, jokes with the band, and although he is sitting on a chair throughout a part of the show he appears to be in good mood, voice and condition.
The starter ‘This Love Of Mine’ with Van playing sax is followed by some well-known titles before he introduces his band members during ‘Moondance’ giving each of them the opportunity to lay down a beautiful solo. Sad to say he does not mention the excellent background singers, the same occurs the next evening in Francfort.
It’s now we get to hear the new album – all 11 Van-penned songs never heard before !!!
They are undoubtedly great, with Van playing sax and harp on just a few of them. Van wanted to ‘Keep It Simple’ as the album title suggests – maybe this is part of it ?
‘Don’t Go To Nightclubs Anymore’ is a superb blues, ‘Song Of Home’ sounds very Irish, ‘School Of Hard Knocks’ is another classical Morrison complaint about the bad world. ‘That’s Entrainment’ and ‘Behind The Ritual’ might become my personal favourites of the new album.
‘Bright Side Of the Road’ brings us back to familiar ground. Van does a lot of vocal tricks on several songs making everybody smile. Then he turns his back to the audience for such a long time the band members start laughing, slightly embarrassed as it seems ... Funny to see Van play ukulele on ‘Keep It Simple’ and ‘Behind The Ritual’.
‘Bring me my nightshirt’ - ‘Help Me’ is an appropriate closer for a fine evening. Surprise – no crowd pleasing Glorias and brown eyed girls around – who cares ? Van seems to be content with his audience tonight, even says ‘Dankeschoen’. And we were in fact grateful for a good concert.
Another surprise to me was the – for a Van concert - unusual young audience in both places, many of them around 20. It was a pleasure to watch how they visibly enjoyed the music – some of them with their eyes closed, enraptured expression on their faces. Who would have thought that Van is going to attract another generation with his music? Maybe last year’s Best Of releases are the reason? Or the Movies album, the re-released old cd’s? You can only guess but it’s great anyway!
Sometimes Van sings ‘It’s just a job, you know, it’s not sweet Lorraine ...’ But who believes after a show like tonight? ‘Magic Time’ would be the right title ...
You folks out there in the United States, UK, Spain and wherever Van tours next may look forward to great shows if it’s going to be like here tonight ...
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Uwe
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It was a rainy day in good old Cologne, but inside the old factory building the sun was shining....
Van was in a very good singing and playing mood and the band followed the instructions of the master well.
Van was very relaxed (sometimes performing sitting on a chair) and was joking throughout the concert with the members of the band.
But as well he was arranging the band (f.i. when he wanted the drummer to use brushes instead of drum-sticks or when he wanted the string-player (excuse me that I don't know his name at he moment) to play the violin instead of the mandolin to get the correct sound....) and "forced" them to give their best, just as he did !!!
So it was a great evening and my wife and me were glad to be there.


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