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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 11:38 AM
Sat, Aug 5, 2006

i've always wanted to see Van, but i haven't heard many good things about his recent release.

Has anyone here been to any of his shows lately? before i spend all that scratch to see him, i wanna make sure i'll enjoy it.

thanksto all for their input.

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 11:46 AM
I saw him like 13 years back and he was great but played a SHORT set. I gather that he is like Dylan - unpredictable - you may get transcendence, you may get workmanlike stuff, etc. Ya rolls your dice.
 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 11:50 AM
thanks Jim; let me ask, since you've already seen him once, would you ever feel like going to see him again?
 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 01:10 PM
I saw him last year and he was fantastic, saw him in '96 too and he was great too. The new CD is good, it's all country and his tour this time around will be featuring that music too. That philly show is at 5pm too, any idea why 5pm?

 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 01:29 PM
5pm is weird ozzy; not sure why so early. i'd imagine he's got no opening act, but who knows. i really rather see him play his old stuff, so i may have to pass on the tix
 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 01:45 PM
Foom,
Like you I had never seen Van Morrison and with the release of his country album I had the opportunity to see him at the Ryman earlier this year in Nashville. First of all, I want to apologize to any Van fans on here. I too love Van's music but this was the first time I had a chance to ever see him.

Let me say the tickets were $120 a piece and that was for the balcony. It is true that unless you're squished to the sides there really isn't a bad seat in the Ryman. But $120? Let's just say at that price I had to leave my wife and new baby at home and just go by myself.

I had received a head's up that Van was coming on promptly at 7:30p with no opening act. So, I got there early and sure enough he came on at 7:30p. Not 7:29 or 7:31 - but right on the nosey. And from start to finish it was exactly 90 minutes. Not 89, not 91, he was done by 9p.

Did Van sound great - yes. Was the band tight - yes. Was the show worth $120 per ticket - no way!. He was carrying a big band which is what I guess drove up the ticket price, but, had I paid $240 for 2 tickets or even more to get closer to the stage - I think I would have been more dissapointed. There was no interaction with the audience. No acknowledgment other than to tell us he had just a cut a country record when he introduced his first song off of it "There Stands The Glass". I heard some Nashville snobs afterwards criticizing his version of the song - me, personally, I thought it was pretty good. Van walks out - stands in front of the microphone and sings except for when he played sax on a couple of numbers. I saw Bob Dylan w/ Willie Nelson and Bob basically does the same thing - but I don't pay $120 for his show.

Am I glad I got a chance to see Van Morrison finally? You betcha. But afterwards I thought "OK, I've seen him, but no way am I paying that kind of money to see him again."

I know folks are going to say artists will charge what the market will bear, but, some of these ticket prices are insane. I didn't go see the Eagles because there prices started at $175/ticket. Paul McCartney $225. And I'll say the same thing for going to see a ball game nowadays - $10 to sit in the outfield?

Hey, if you really want to see Van Morrison I'd certainly say his show is musically very good, but, if you can buy an instant live - it's the same thing just alot cheaper.

Again, I truly apologize to any Van afficianados here. Please understand this is just my opinion and I'm only giving it because foom asked for it in his thread.

if you go foom - I hope you have a great time!

[Edited on 8/2/2006 by hoffcl]

 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 01:54 PM
hoffcl, you're the man. thanks so much for your honesty. i think i'd feel about the same way. it would be cool and all to see van, but at that price(120.00), ouch! on top of that, the set list was only 90minutes? he came out promptly at 7:30 and out the door by 9pm....no thanks.

Van is one of the best poets of 'em all; right up there w/ Dylan, but i'll some how manage to get over the fact of never seeing him live.

thanks again hoffcl

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 05:40 PM
van has a great voice, makes great records, but save your money and dont see him live. I caught his act in 2003, Ill start by saying this, he had a timer with large digits [red] st to 90 [minutes] right beside him on stage. it started ticking off when the first notes were played, and when it hit 0000 he was gone. they played at [club volume] which is cool in a club, but not in a 7000 seat venue, so we had to struggle to hear the show. he just didnt seem to give a damn that anyone was there , and paid good hard earned money to see him.
 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 05:49 PM
Van Morrison could sing the Horriblescopes from the New York Times and I'd be there to listen, period!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 07:00 PM
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Van Morrison could sing the Horriblescopes from the New York Times and I'd be there to listen, period!


Hey Libby! where you been girlfriend? :-P

BTW, like foom, if you go hear him do this - I hope you have a good time! :-p

 

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  posted on 8/2/2006 at 07:08 PM
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Van Morrison could sing the Horriblescopes from the New York Times and I'd be there to listen, period!


Hey Libby! where you been girlfriend? :-P

BTW, like foom, if you go hear him do this - I hope you have a good time! :-p



Hey Chris! Did you leave Nashville? I've been around, just not as visible.

I'm planning a trip to Austin to see Van and Willie at the Austin City Limits Fest in Sept. I've been a Van Morrison van for over 35 years, yet, I've never seen The Man live. Thanks to Denza I have tons of fantastic video to enjoy, but this may be the one chance I have to just see him. If I only get to see and hear him do one tune, my soul will be ..... satisfied!

Hope you and the fam are doing well, Chris!

http://www.aclfestival.com/default.aspx

 

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  posted on 8/6/2006 at 12:43 PM
Saw Van live in Philly yesterday. Have many of his albums and have always been a bit more than casual fan, but I wasn't sure if I could swing the $$. As with most high-priced shows, I figured I might be able to score one on the cheap. Bought a $95 ticket for $20. Moved down to the lower section, 2 rows off the floor, dead center, behind the soundboard. Great view, great sound. I can't believe I almost skipped this show. If you have the means, or motivation, and Van Morrison is playing anywhere near you, GO!
It was a stellar performance. He played some tunes off of his new album, which I've got to pick up. He played some great deep cuts, and he even satiated the casual fans with Moondance, Crazy Love, Wild Night, Gloria, and Brown Eyed Girl.
If you want Van to do a jig and put on a VH1 Storyteller's show, you would be I guess, disappointed. He also played for just over 90 minutes, so if you're expecting a marathon, again, you will feel cheated. However, his band was tight as hell, and he was in TOP voice. He played a mean harp and his sax playing was not to shabby either.
The tickets were a bit steep, but Van hadn't played Philly in YEARS. When he "tours" the US, he does only a small handful of shows in major markets. His shows are a very limited thing and to charge top dollar is not as insane as some would like to have it seem, in today's market. To compare spending $50 to see Dylan to $100 to see Van, is silly. Dylan lost his ability for peak performance long ago, and he tours constantly. If Dylan did a dozen US shows every couple of years, I'm sure he would be charging top dollar as well.
As with most of the greats, they aren't getting any younger. If you have the chance to see Van Morrison live, do it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

 
 


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