Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Box Set Coming In June
..It's Too Late to Stop Now...
Volumes II, III, IV
 

Three CDs of Unreleased Live Music From Van's Legendary 1973 Summer Tour 
DVD of BBC TV Broadcast of London Show


Release Date: June 10, 2016. Pre-order from Amazon.com

Track Listings
Disc: 1 VOLUME II: The Troubadour, Los Angeles, May 23, 1973
1. Come Running
2. These Dreams of You
3. The Way Young Lovers Do
4. Snow in San Anselmo
5. I Just Want to Make Love to You
6. Bring It on Home to Me
7. Purple Heather
8. Hey, Good Lookin'
9. Bein' Green
10. Brown Eyed Girl
11. Listen to the Lion
12. Hard Nose the Highway
13. Moondance
14. Cyprus Avenue
15. Caravan

Disc: 2 VOLUME III: Santa Monica Civic, California, June 29. 1973
1. I've Been Working
2. There There Child
3. No Way
4. Since I Fell for You
5. Wild Night
6. I Paid the Price
7. Domino
8. Gloria
9. Buona Sera
10. Moonshine Whiskey
11. Ain't Nothing You Can Do
12. Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket
13. Sweet Thing
14. Into the Mystic
15. I Believe to My Soul

Disc: 3 VOLUME IV: The Rainbow, London, July 23 & 24, 1973
1. Listen to the Lion
2. I Paid the Price
3. Bein' Green
4. Since I Fell for You
5. Into the Mystic
6. Everyone
7. I Believe to My Soul
8. Sweet Thing
9. I Just Want to Make Love to You
10. Wild Children
11. Here Comes the Night
12. Buona Sera
13. Domino
14. Caravan
15. Cyprus Avenue

DVD: The Rainbow, London, July 24, 1973
1. Here Comes the Night
2. I Just Want to Make Love to You
3. Brown Eyed Girl
4. Moonshine Whiskey
5. Moondance
6. Help Me
7. Domino
8. Caravan
9. Cyprus Avenue

27-April-2016
Wang Theatre
Boston, USA


Setlist (Thanks Mike S.)
Celtic Swing
Close Enough For Jazz
Symphony Sid
Magic Time
By His Grace
Carrying a Torch
Rough God Goes Riding w/Shana Morrison
Stormy Monday/Blues Medley w/Chris Farlowe
Thanks For The Information
Kingdom Hall (Prince dedication)
Wavelength
Someone Like You
Wild Night
In the Afternoon
Whenever God Shines His Light
Help Me
All In The Game/September Song/Burning Ground
Stand By Me w/Chris Farlowe

Big Hand For The Band!
Dave Keary (Guitar)
Paul Moore (Bass)
Paul Moran (Keyboards)
Bobby Ruggiero (Drums)
Dana Masters (Vocals)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

26-April-2016
Wang Theatre
Boston, USA

Long time Van fan writes:
Powerful performance tonight in Boston from Van and band. Supreme confidence from Morrison, whose body language was riveting in its energy. Swaying back and forth, side to side, rearing back and wailing. Nothing was held back by anybody. Balanced set list with everything performed impeccably with a very deep groove. Audience reaction was a state of constant euphoria. The workshops ornate and brilliant. A well-earned "A" all the way. Healing power.
-Dan M.

Music-News
Irish troubadour Van Morrison, now in his sixth decade as a performer, may be 70 years old, but performed the first of two sold out shows at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA on April 26, 2016, as if time has not passed him by the at all.

Looking very dapper in his now trademark hat, Morrison leaned more toward a jazz-ish feel at times during the night. Starting with the tour standard instrumental opener (which Morrison played saxophone on), "Celtic Swing, followed by "Close Enough for Jazz, it was clear this was going to be an eclectic Morrison event.

With a jukebox of hits in his repertoire, Morrison does not need to delve into other material, but he did a smooth take on Johnny Mercer's "That Old Black Magic" and gave a nod to the late B.B. King with a killer "Rock Me Baby".

The adoring crowd was well rewarded with a raucous "Wild Night," which led into a slight turn to his gospel side, when Morrison pulled out his late 80's track “Whenever God Shines His Light,” which was originally a duet with Cliff Richard, but was smoothly executed with tour vocalist Dana Masters.

For all his seven decades on earth, Morrison's voice has not appeared to decrease at all and sounded as robust as ever. Breaking into his most famous track "Brown Eyed Girl," which went into full swing when the crowd sang along ardently to the “Sha la la la” refrain, which led into a stellar version of his iconic "Into The Mystic."

The show ending cover of Ben E. King's “Stand By Me” was an alluring choice for the concerts coda. Obviously “Moondance” or “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” would have made for a better closer for the Morrison faithful, but his passionate “Stand By Me” did provide a compelling end to the show.

With all the recent passing of so many classic rockers lately, it was great to see an icon in the genre as Morrison still as virile and on the top of his game.
-John Reed


Setlist (Thanks Mike S.)
Celtic Swing
Close Enough For Jazz
Magic Time
By His Grace
In the Midnight
Born to Sing w/Chris Farlowe
Old Black Magic w/ Shana Morrison
Rock Me Baby
Someone Like You
Wavelength
Sometimes we Cry
Enlightenment
Baby Please Don't Go/Parchman Farm/Don't Start Crying Now
In the Afternoon/Ancient Highway/Burn Baby Burn/Raincheck
Wild Night
Whenever God Shines His Light
It's all In The Game/Burning Ground
Brown Eyed Girl
Into the Mystic
Stand by Me w/Chris Farlowe

Monday, April 25, 2016

24-April-16
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, USA

Atlanta Journal Constitution
There isn’t much filler at a Van Morrison concert – and that’s a good thing, since he’s only onstage for 90 minutes.

But, as evidenced at his sold-out Sunday night appearance at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, the forthright musical treasure knows how to stuff plenty of emotion into a tight, compact show.

At exactly 8 p.m., the recently knighted Morrison strode onto the stage with his saxophone, snapped his fingers and led his four-piece band into the instrumental “Celtic Swing.”

In characteristic Morrison-wear – brown fedora, tinted glasses, dark suit sitting atop a paisley shirt and ascot tie – the 70-year-old singer-musician looked and sounded hearty.

With his left hand on a gold, corded microphone and his right clasping the stand, Morrison leaned back to blast a note in “By His Grace” as keyboardist Paul Moran sprinkled rustic organ throughout the song.

Without ever pausing for a break – though the un-vain Irishman did turn his back to the crowd to blow his nose a few times during the show – Morrison, his band and potent backup singer unleashed a fulfilling sample of a 50-year career, pushing the tempo during “Wavelength,” throwing his right hand down with the beat throughout “Sometimes We Cry” and breaking out a tambourine for added texture on “Real Real Gone.”

No one expects talking during a Van Morrison concert – from the stage, that is – and the famously business-like singer didn’t surprise and suddenly break into a soliloquy. But he absolutely threw himself into the show, cupping the mic during a stomping “Baby, Please Don’t Go” to create a megaphone effect (that equates to playful for Morrison) and, after mumbling something indecipherable, breaking into “Georgia on My Mind.” It sounded exactly as you would expect the Hoagy Carmichael classic to sound under Morrison’s guidance – rich, tight and soulful, filled with scats and asides as Morrison dug into the lyrics.

Dancing bass anchored “Wild Night” and the combination of brass from Morrison and Moran ushered in the creeping, insinuating “Moondance,” during which every member of the glistening band took a brief solo spin.

A swinging take on “Brown-Eyed Girl” prompted the expected singalong (“shalala,” anyone?) and “Whenever God Shines His Light” – a 1989 duet with Cliff Richard – injected a spurt of gospel into the concert.

After performing “In the Garden,” a lovely song driven by a honeyed piano melody, Morrison strolled off the stage, still singing, but quickly returned to romp with his band on John Lee Hooker’s “Think Twice Before You Go.”

As the familiar strains of Morrison’s Them gem from 1964, the eternal barroom rocker “Gloria,” filled the amphitheater – the same venue he played during his last Atlanta visit in 2010 – guitarist Dave Keary led a monster jam that continued for about 10 minutes after Morrison again left the stage.

With such a lengthy coda, fans might have expected Morrison to return. But the enigmatic singer had probably departed the premises in a private car by the time the last note rang, maintaining his mysterious air a little longer.
-Melissa Ruggieri

Setlist
Celtic Swing
Close Enough For Jazz
By His Grace
Someone Like You
Wavelength
Sometimes We Cry
Real Real Gone/You Send Me
Baby Please Don't Go
Georgia On My Mind
Wild Night
Days Like This
Precious Time
I Can't Stop Loving You
Moondance
Brown Eyed Girl
Crazy Love
Whenever God Shines His Light
In The Garden
Jackie Wilson Said
Think Twice Before You Go
Gloria

Big Hand For The Band!
Dave Keary (Guitar)
Paul Moore (Bass)
Paul Moran (Keyboards)
Bobby Ruggiero (Drums)
Dana Masters (Vocals)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

23-April-2016
Gentilly Stage

 New Orleans, USA

NOLA
It was about halfway through the closing show at the New Orleans Jazz Fest Gentilly Stage on Saturday (April 23). Master musician and songwriter Van Morrison asked his guitarist to "give me a G." He modulated his voice to match the chord then launched into a jaunty version of "Jambalaya." Who knows, the Hank Williams tune may be a regular part of Morrison's repertoire, but the Bayou State crowd accepted it as a tailor-made gift, cheering and bobbing to the first few bars.

The ability of Morrison and his impeccable five-piece ensemble to incorporate a loping, country classic seamlessly into the jazzy, R&B flow of their set is a tribute to the team's flexibility. Flexibility is key, because, stylistically speaking, there are several Van Morrison's to accommodate. There's the pop radio Van Morrison of "Brown Eyed Girl," the Christian mystic Van Morrison, the romantic balladeer, the Ray Charles devotee, and the sultry jazz instrumentalist. All of whom shared the stage Saturday.



It would be hard to praise the 70-year-old's vocal skills enough. When Morrison sings, and particularly when he scats, his voice is as saxophone-like as his saxophone. Instead of tiring as the concert progressed, he always seemed to be able to reach down for yet more power and emotional depth in his delivery. He handled "Baby Please Don't Go," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," "Wild Night," and "Days Like This," with muscular, mature authority. There was no mistaking that this show was crafted for adults.

Even "Gloria," Morrison's 1964 love anthem that has become the bouncy go-to crowd-pleaser of every bar band in the land, had a more serious, serrated tone in Saturday's performance that breathed life back into the old warhorse.

It was unfortunate that when the band deliberately dropped the volume on the jam that followed "Moondance," to achieve a sort of musical whispering, sound bleed from another stage -- or stages -- ruined the effect.

Despite the gorgeous weather, the notoriously deadpan Morrison appeared, as is his custom, dressed for summer in San Francisco, with a suit jacket, felt fedora, and ascot. He never frowned, nor did he crack a smile. Except, perhaps, once. As the perfectionistic Northern Irish knight began singing the comically bawdy lyrics to "Don't You Feel My Leg," he may have, just may have, guffawed with laughter.

As the last notes of the closing jam faded away, an audience member quietly opined: "Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous."

Agreed, agreed, agreed.
-Doug MacCash

OffBeat
Van Morrison Delights at Jazz Fest

Alternative rock megastars Pearl Jam weren’t enough to keep the crowds away from Van Morrison’s competing set at the Gentilly Stage on Saturday evening. Despite new rules regarding chairs and blankets, finding a solid vantage point for the singer-songwriter’s packed show was a battle for anyone that didn’t mark their territory early in the day.

The Northern Irish troubadour stepped up to his golden microphone–sax in hand–before a dense crowd of onlookers eager to revel in his classics. Almost instantly, the band jumped into a pair of appropriately jazzed up numbers in “Celtic Swing” and “Close Enough for Jazz.”

The songs kicked off a career-spanning set that was a bit heavy on covers, and a bit light on tunes from his masterful late-60s LPs Astral Weeks and Moondance. Out of the two records, only the latter’s titular track found it was into Morrison’s 90-minute performance, and even it was peppered with parts of the Rodgers and Hart jazz standard “My Funny Valentine.”

While Morrison has always incorporated elements of jazz into his material, yesterday’s show saw a few of his pop classics take a turn in that direction, as hits like “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Wild Night” were delivered with arrangements that differed from the original offerings. The songs were given new life by an impressive, yet restrained, backing band that kept the flashiness at bay until the evening’s closing “Gloria” demanded a round of extended soloing.

Though he never veered into Prince tribute territory (that job was saved for the sky writer above, who spelled out “Prince,” “1999” and the symbol that was once the artist’s name with his plane), Morrison did dive into a number of covers that he has been performing for years, including Ray Charles’ “I Believe to My Soul” and John Lee Hooker’s “Think Twice Before You Go.” His rendition of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya,” in particular, was met with cheers from an audience that probably identifies with the lyrics more than most.

At 70 years of age, Morrison appeared to have little trouble belting out varied material. His range may not be what it once was, but his vocal style lent itself well to the choice covers and updated arrangements of his originals, which were executed to perfection by his band. Even though he left a few notable tunes on the table (this writer was itching for “And It Stoned Me” and “Into the Mystic”), it looked like most of his fans barely noticed. Smiles have a way sticking around for a while, when you’ve just sung along to “Brown Eyed Girl” with Van Morrison.
-Sam D'Arcangelo

Setlist (Thanks Steve L.)
Celtic Swing
Close Enough For Jazz
I Believe To My Soul
By His Grace
Carrying A Torch
Brown Eyed Girl
Baby Please Don't Go/Parchment Farm/Don't Stop Crying Now
In The Afternoon/Ancient Highway/No Plan B/Raincheck
Motherless child
Wild Night
Sometimes We cry
Jambalaya
Precious Time
Moondance/My Funny Valentine
Days Like This
Whenever God Shines His Light
Think Twice Before You Go
Help me
Gloria

Big Hand For The Band!
Dave Keary (Guitar)
Paul Moore (Bass)
Paul Moran (Keyboards)
Bobby Ruggiero (Drums)
Dana Masters (Vocals)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Van's Upcoming Concert Schedule



23-April-2016
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Jazz Festival

24-April-2016
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

26-April-2016
Boston, USA
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

27-April-2016
Boston, USA
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

02-June-2016
Dresden, Germany
Freilichtbühne Großer Garten JUNGE GARDE

03-June-2016
Erfurt, Germany
Domplatz

07-June-2016
Cardiff, Wales
Gordon Theatre

14-June-2016
Surrey, England
Hampton Court

15-June-2016
London, England
Nell's Jazz and Blues Early
Nell's Jazz and Blues Late

03-July-2016
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Slieve Donard Hotel

04-July-2016
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Slieve Donard Hotel

09-July-2016
Lucca, Italy
Lucca Summer Festival

13-July-2016
Stuttgart, Germany
Jazz Open

30-July-2016
Bergen, Norway
Plenen Ampitheatre

06-August-2016
Glastonbury, England
Glastonbury Abbey

09-August-2016
Lokerse Feesten, Belgium
Lokerse Feesten

10-August-2016
Trondheim, Norway
Sverresborg Arena

21-August-2016
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Slieve Donard Hotel

22-August-2016
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Slieve Donard Hotel

18-September-2016
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Culloden Estate & Spa

19-September-2016
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Culloden Estate & Spa

Thursday, March 10, 2016

10-March-2016
Falconer Center

 Frederiksberg, Denmark


Setlist (Thanks Per H.)
Celtic Swing
Close Enough For Jazz
By His Grace
Magic Time
Days Like This
Enlightenment
Carrying A Torch
Precious Time
Baby Please Don't Go/Rock Island Line/Parchman Farm/Don't Start Crying Now
In the Afternoon
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Moondance
Wild Night
Whenever God Shines His Light
Real Real Gone
Brown Eyed Girl
Help Me
Gloria
In the Garden
Jackie Wilson Said

Big Hand For The Band!
Dave Keary (Guitar)
Paul Moore (Bass)
Paul Moran (Keyboards)
Bobby Ruggiero (Drums)
Dana Masters (Vocals)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Congratulations, Sir Van

Van & Shana Morrison at Buckingham Palace, England 04-February-2016


Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison described himself as just a "blue-eyed soul singer" from Belfast as he was knighted for a musical career that has enthralled audiences and delighted critics.

Over more than 50 years the singer has gone from teenage stardom to innovator and is now a respected veteran, whose classic album Astral Weeks regularly makes the list of top 100 albums of all time.

The artist, whose full name is George Ivan Morrison, was introduced as Sir Ivan Morrison as he stepped forward to be dubbed a knight by the Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace's ballroom.

Afterwards he said about becoming a Sir: "It's amazing, it's very exhilarating, the whole thing.

"For 53 years I've been in the business - that's not bad for a blue-eyed soul singer from east Belfast."

The 70-year-old performer has blended his influences - R&B, blues, jazz, and country - into a unique mix that reflects his upbringing in Northern Ireland.


Sir Van's best known songs range from the 1960s tracks Baby, Please Don't Go and Gloria, with the band Them, to solo efforts like Moondance, Sweet Thing and Have I Told You Lately.

He has been a prolific recording artist throughout his career and released his latest studio album Duets last year, singing with a range of stars from Joss Stone to the late Bobby Womack.

Morrison's knighthood is for services to the music industry and tourism in his native Northern Ireland.

Sir Van said he still remained committed to performing for an audience: "I enjoy that the most - playing a small club - that's really what I do.

"The bigger places you have to do for financial survival reasons, let me put it that way, but the bigger places enable me to play small clubs occasionally."

He added: "Sales of CDs and stuff like that are very unreliable, it has really gone down a lot, I'm lucky I can still do live gigs and still pull crowds and be able to do that.

"All these years of work have paid off and I'm still able to do that now.

The musician had a brief chat with Charles, who quizzed him about his plans for the future.

Sir Van said: "He was just saying, was I still writing? And he said: 'You're not going to retire any time soon?' And I said: 'No, I'm not, I'm going to keep it going while I can'."

Asked if fans could still call him Van The Man now that he has a knighthood, the singer laughed and said "Well, take your pick".

Morrison grew up in Belfast, where his father, a shipyard worker, was said to have had one of the best record collections in the city.

He absorbed his father's love of music with the influence of acts such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters and Mahalia Jackson still apparent in his songs today.

Just into his teens, a 13-year-old Morrison was singing and playing the saxophone and guitar in bands before serving his musical apprenticeship playing places like Germany.

He said: "Germany was real hard gigging because we did seven sets a night and nine on weekends - and no days off - but that was really the training ground."

The musician enjoyed his first taste of success in 1964 as the frontman for r'n'b band Them.

They charted with a string of bluesy hits including Here Comes The Night and Baby Please Don't Go, but are best remembered for their garage band staple Gloria which has been covered countless times by acts including The Doors, AC/DC and Patti Smith.

Relentless line-up changes took the wind out of their sails and Morrison quit the band, ending up in New York, where he recorded a handful of throwaway tracks and the song that would become one of his biggest hits - Brown Eyed Girl.

But he was not interested in chart success and instead teamed up with a bunch of veteran jazz musicians to make what many people regard as his finest record.


Astral Weeks, which regularly features in critics' lists of all-time great albums, was recorded in three days and set the template for the rest of his career with its mix of poetic lyrics, often inspired by his native country, jazz improvisation, Celtic folk and soulful vocals.

Critical and commercial acclaim followed with records including Moondance, Tupelo Honey and St Dominic's Preview, while his live act made him an in-demand performer around the world.

He was also in demand from other acts that wanted to have his name - and voice - connected to them, making records with Irish folk veterans The Chieftains and Georgie Fame.

There was also an unlikely hit duet with Cliff Richard - Whenever God Shines His Light - which reflected his own Christian faith.

Asked to pick his favourite album out of the many he has recorded, the musician did not highlight Moondance or Astral Weeks but the 1980 record Common One.

He said: "It's a mixture of different components - a bit of funk, blues, gospel - it's quite a fusion, and plus I seemed to tap into something, and that particular band seemed to have a rapport."

Sir Van also spoke about the cultural change in his hometown of Belfast since the Troubles ended: "I think it's going through a renaissance period but you have to kind of 'take up your bed and walk' sort of thing too.

"So people are realising they need to be more proactive and get things going."

Sir Van described his experience at the Palace as "old-world charm".

He was joined for the ceremony by his daughter, Shana Morrison, also a musician, who has performed with her father, and the pair posed for pictures before leaving.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

20-January-2016
Fox Theater

 Oakland, USA

via Rosati Photos
Setlist
Celtic Swing
Higher Than The World
Magic Time
By His Grace
Here Comes The Night
Wild Night
Sometimes We Cry
That Old Black Magic
Real Real Gone
Carrying A Torch
Did Ye Get Healed
The Way Young Lovers Do
Whenever God Shines His Light
Someone Like You
Baby Please Don't Go/Parchman Farm/Don't Start Crying Now
Cleaning Windows
Keep It Simple
Precious Time
In The Garden
Gloria

Big Hand for The Band!
Dave Keary (Guitar)
Paul Moore (Bass)
Paul Moran (Keyboards)
Bobby Ruggiero (Drums)
Dana Masters (Vocals)
Shana Morrison (Guest Vocals)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

19-January-2016
Fox Theater

 Oakland, USA

via instagram.com/emilykramer

SF Weekly


Few can disagree that it's been a tumultuous couple of weeks for fans of popular music. From David Bowie to Lemmy Kilmister, Glenn Frey to the lesser-known, but equally impressive, Mic Gillette (Tower Of Power, anyone?), we have lost a slew of musical greats.

Thankfully, at the ripe young age of 70, Irish singer / musician and Music Hall Of Fame inductee Van Morrison shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, playing three shows in Oakland directly following a successful run of dates in Southern California.

For the uninitiated, Morrison fronted Northern Irish band Them for a very brief period before launching his highly successful solo career. Morrison has won six Grammy Awards and spawned a number of hits, including “Gloria,” "Baby, Please Don't Go," "Here Comes the Night" and "Mystic Eyes.”

As evidenced by his spellbinding performance last night at Oakland's Fox Theater – the second of a sold-out three-day residency at the venue – Morrison proved his staying power, yet again, to several different generations of new and older fans alike.

From the minute the opening notes of “Celtic Swing” – an odd, yet somehow fitting instrumental culled from his grossly overlooked 1983 album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart – filled the Fox Theater, those in attendance immediately fixated on Morrison who drove the melody home with his alto saxophone. Aided by his able group – bassist Paul Moore, drummer Robbie Ruggiero, trumpet/keyboard player/ bandleader Paul Moran, singer Dana Masters, and guitarist Dave Keary – Morrison and company launched headlong into their set. Instead of spreading out across the vast Fox Theater stage, the group opted to play close together, with all musicians huddled closely around Morrison who barricaded himself among a handful of stage monitors.

Next, he played a wonderfully careless rendition of “Higher Than The World,” which kicked off the night in grandiose fashion with a hearty swing and swagger. Opting to avoid between-song banter, Morrison led his musicians through a 100-plus minute set that found the music, inevitably, doing much of the talking.

And, unlike the set lists at his Southern California shows just days before (and even the night before at the same venue), Morrison surprised the audience with some unexpected additional songs, like “Did Ye Get Healed” from Poetic Champions Compose (1987) and “Cleaning Windows” from Beautiful Vision (1982).

Other highlights included a wonderful medley that included a revved-up version of Them's “Baby, Please Don't Go,” along with a heady take on a blues staple popularized by Mose Allison called “Parchman Farm.”

Hit medleys and songs aside, it was the inclusion of his daughter, Shana Morrison, (who also opened the show with a very brief set) that was met with great approval from longtime fans and newbies, alike. Watching and hearing the father / daughter combo for two mid-set numbers — “Sometimes We Cry” and Johnny Mercer's “That Old Black Magic – showed concertgoers just how much love and respect the two have for another. (Shana even kissed her father on the cheek as she exited stage right.)

If there was ever a time to see our musical greats before they leave this dimension, it would be now. When all is said and done, no price tag — tickets for these shows started at $89.50 and went up to $249.50 – is too much to witness a rare live music experience that lasts a lifetime.

Word has it that a few tickets were released for tonight's show on the Fox Theater's Facebook site, the last of his local run.

Yes, it's time to splurge. You only live once.

Critic’s Notebook:
• According to one bartender who works at several different venues for promoter Another Planet Entertainment, there was a big upgrade to the venue's sometimes faltering sound system. Last night's show was the second official night it was used in public. By all accounts, the move to satiate those with sensitive ears was a rousing success as everything sounded terrific and near stereo quality.
•Unfortunately, it's customary at this venue to close the downstairs bar during heritage acts, such as Bob Dylan, and tonight's show was certainly no exception. In an effort to keep the theater patrons quiet during a set laden with softer moments, the bar closed before his daughter Shana opened the show. The bar upstairs, though, was open for those wishing to make the trek.
•Unlike noisier, more raucous shows with younger crowds, cell phones were (for the most part) silenced. Because the floor was seated, few stood until Morrison's set-closing song, “In The Garden.” Heaps of applause followed as Morrison walked offstage repeating the line, “ No guru, no method, no teacher,” only to return minutes later for the night-ending encore.
-Eddie Jorgensen


Here are Christine's thoughts on gig
Night 2 in Fox theater when everything, compared to night 1, seemed to move up a notch or two. The intensity, the seriousness, the tightess of the band, the set list all different from the night before. First night was also really good too but compared to last night lacked luster.
Big hand for the band, couldn't be over stated as they were individually and collectively superb! The entire gig was so professional.

Dana Masters receiving a little more exposure last night to the delight and screams of the crowd. She's sublime, superb and beautiful! Her haunting solo pieces blend and lend to Van's catalog and like him is all blues, jazz and soul, a perfect match and a wonderful presence on stage.

When he didn't follow the opener with Close Enough for Jazz, I released a sigh of gratitude but realising it was Higher Than the World so early in the set, I sensed we could be in for something special and we were.

Did Ye Get Healed, By His Grace were breath taking and hearing really great, tight versions of Cleaning Windows, Motherless Child, Real Real Gone had us audience hyped to the nines. Carrying a torch showed the most tender side of Van I've heard in a while. It was beautifully sung as was In The Garden ( I loved the stage lighting for this too!)

Here Comes The Night and Wild Night had everyone on their feet. This was Van of old and Van of now. His voice, his sacred instrument, amazing then and amazing and different now.
Van often talks about his job! - well that was a great night's work by him and the band. You could feel they gave it everthing they had and more.

Lovely to see Shana join her Dad on both nights. Hadn't seen them together since new year's eve in the Harp Bar, Belfast.

Looking forward to tonight and hoping for a couple of more rare treats on the set list.

I always know when I've had a great Van night because I'm high as a kite afterwards ( not talking the San Fran high btw!!!) but from the intensity of his performance followed by exhaustion and then that satiated smile on my face!
-Christine M.

Setlist
Celtic Swing
Higher Than the World
Magic Time
Did Ye Get Healed
Cleaning Windows
Keep It Simple
By His Grace
Carrying a Torch
Motherless Child
Sometimes We Cry w/Shana Morrison
Old Black Magic w/Shana Morrison
Baby Please Don't Go/Parchman Fam/Don't Start Crying Now
Whenever God Shines His Light
Wild Night
Real Real Gone
Playhouse
Precious Time
Here Comes the Night
In The Garden
Gloria

Big Hand for The Band!
Dave Keary (Guitar)
Paul Moore (Bass)
Paul Moran (Keyboards)
Bobby Ruggiero (Drums)
Dana Masters (Vocals)
Shana Morrison (Guest Vocals)