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VAN MORRISON - LIVE - THE PERFORMANCES



2008-07-10

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http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk/ on 29MAY2008

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Setlist Remarks

Wild Night has now been played 151 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 00MAY1970

Magic Time has now been played 163 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 01APR2005
New to the previous show.

Tupelo Honey > Why Must I Always Explain has now been played 99 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 06FEB1991
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Little Village has now been played 78 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 18APR2002
New to the previous show.

Comfortably Numb has now been played 6 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 20JUL1990
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Wavelength has now been played 115 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 01OCT1978

In The Afternoon > Ancient Highway > Raincheck has now been played 19 times as a medley in this combination of songs since its first appearance on 15SEP2001
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Tore Down A La Rimbaud has now been played 295 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 14OCT1984
Played for the first time this year.

Ballerina has now been played 67 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 00AUG1968
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Keep It Simple has now been played 28 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

That's Entrainment has now been played 27 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Saint Dominic's Preview has now been played 76 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 28APR1972
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Burning Ground has now been played 47 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 18SEP1996
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Behind The Ritual has now been played 28 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 10FEB2008
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Madame George has now been played 49 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 09AUG1968
New to the previous show.

And The Healing Has Begun has now been played 188 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 04OCT1979
Played at a different position from the previous show.

Gloria has now been played 685 times as a stand-alone song since its first appearance on 17APR1964
Overall closing shows 821 times.

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Philadelphia Inquirer -Dan DeLuca
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A Satisfying Van Morrison at The Tower
"It's all one song!" Neil Young once famously said in response to a heckler who accused him of making music that all sounded alike. The same could be said of the songs of Van Morrison, the legendary Irish singer with a reputation as an uneven live performer, who played the Tower Theater on Thursday in the first of three area shows that will conclude his current six date North American tour.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. For over 40 years, the 62-year-old Morrison, who plays the Tower again tonight and the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, has been blending American rhythm and blues, jazz and country into a Celtic soul stew that simmered satisfyingly for an hour and 40 minutes in Upper Darby on Thursday.
Wearing a buttoned-up suit jacket and a fedora that looked as if it had been pounded down with a mallet, Morrison came on stage blowing a harmonica on "Wild Night" at 7:36. (That was just six minutes after the show's scheduled start time. Stragglers, consider yourselves warned.) He commenced to lead the nine person ensemble he never introduced by name - it included singers Katie Kissoon and Vanessa Haynes, steel guitarist Sarah Jory and keyboard-trumpet player Paul Moran - into an efficient and proficient no-nonsense evening that featured a smattering of hits and a few left-field surprises.
The biggest instance of the latter was "Comfortably Numb," Morrison's version of the Pink Floyd song with turned up in The Departed and The Sopranos, and which was rendered in stately fashion with Morrison trading off vocals with Kissoon. Equally warmly received by a house packed mostly with Morrison's chronological contemporaries were "Tupelo Honey," and "Gloria," whose raucous spelling lesson brought the crowd to its feet for a thumping, if somewhat hurried, encore. (No luck on "Moondance," or "Domino," but there's always tonight, and tomorrow.)
Morrison enunciated poorly and emoted soulfully, played guitar and tooted on a saxophone. He shouted out the names of heroes such as Muddy Waters and Big Joe Turner as if they were holy men, and evoked 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud in asking his muse for inspiration in a spirited, brassy "Tore Down A La Rimbaud."
During "Ancient Highway," part of a medley that also included "In the Afternoon" and "Raincheck," he muttered something about a store on the side of the road "that sells garden gnomes." Other than that, and stopping to ask if anyone had heard his classic 1968 album Astral Weeks before a stirring "Madame George," he kept his inscrutable thoughts to himself and the music moving forward.
"Well it's out on the highway, and on with the show - Always telling people things they're too lazy to know," he sang grumpily early on, in "Why Must I Always Explain?" Morrison can often make it seem as if performing is a chore, a necessary evil to be endured to reach the sanctified place where blues and R & B and jazz and gospel and country come together, and words get in the way on the road to pure expression. At the Tower, he found that place, stayed a while, and then was gone.


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