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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



2008-04-30

last public update: Wednesday, 11-May-2022 04:37:51 CEST
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www.thecentauratcheltenham.com on 23FEB2008 - Simon Gee's WAVELENGTH
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HSBC Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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This Love Of Mine has now been played 91 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10JUL2004

Magic Time has now been played 157 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 01APR2005

Have I Told You Lately has now been played 571 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 18MAY1989

Keep It Simple has now been played 18 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

That's Entrainment has now been played 18 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Bright Side Of The Road has now been played 505 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 15MAY1979
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Song Of Home has now been played 18 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 15 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
New to the previous show.

Moondance has now been played 794 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 26APR1970
Played at a different position from the previous show.

I Can't Stop Loving You has now been played 171 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 21JUN1977
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Precious Time has now been played 567 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 16MAR1998
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Saint James Infirmary has now been played 161 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 22FEB2001
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Stranded has now been played 112 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 25AUG2003
New to the previous show.

End Of The Land has now been played 17 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
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Tupelo Honey > Why Must I Always Explain has now been played 94 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 06FEB1991
New to the previous show.

Help Me has now been played 569 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 15FEB1973
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Behind The Ritual has now been played 19 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

And The Healing Has Begun has now been played 179 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 04OCT1979
New to the previous show.

Gloria has now been played 679 times as a solo song since its first appearance on 17APR1964
Overall closing shows 788 times.

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Wonderful Van gig last night at Cheltenham, he'd just finished on a high with Behind the ritual and then into a great Healing Has Begun, walking off and returning (for the second time, I recall) to send us all home with a quite good version of Gloria. The band were happy and as relaxed as I'd ever seen 'em, in fact during one "solo" the keyboard player actually stopped playing and looked at Van jokingly then carried on playing. Sara Jory was as bubbly as she's ever been and the Cheltenham crowd warmed to her straight away.
Still no Crawford Bell or Mick Green, but we did get a namecheck during Moondance for the 3 backup singers, Patti Revell, Karen Hammil and I'm sure Bobby said Vanessa Mayes (please excuse the spelling ladies), but that could be clarified later.
I can honestly say that last nights band are just as tight as any Johnny Scott band (if not better), Okay I realise that there are many factors to take into consideration, setlists, different instruments, arrangements, all sorts of things.
BUT, last nights band were (are) Good, in fact they've gelled into a VERY Good band indeed. They've got confidence, and all are really enjoying the moment, you can see it in their faces, the way the look at each other during the songs and they support each other after the little solos they get. They even comment to each other during the show, which usually brings a smile from the recipient. To me, this is wonderful to see, they're happy to be there and it shows in their demeanour and performance.
I noticed a couple of things last night, one of the new backup singers Vanessa Mayes (?) has a really powerful voice, she gets to "screech" (wrong word, but nevermind) during Gloria, just like the backup singer does in that song by Pink Floyd, and trust me, you can hear her over the band when Van's left the stage and they crank it up, shes a great addition.
Last night Van spoke, something to the effect of "This is where I get to hide behind my guitar", apparently he was joking, but as nobody laughed, he repeated it, still no laughter. Now, that WAS funny. He also picked up the ukelele and said, "This part is George Formby's greatest Hits" (or as near as dammit), that DID get a laugh.


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