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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 01:24 PM
Just got an e-mail alert of a show at the Rosemont Theatre. I've never seen him and have always loved his music. Tickets are pricey $75-$300. I heard he's kind of a jerk. Once did a show with his back to the audience the whole time. Advice from those who've seen him. Is he worth $300 a ticket?
 
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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 01:31 PM
i've seen him a few times--moody yes,creative genius with awesome voice yes his shows & bands are top pros,but for me his setlists & style of music he plays determine whether i like a particular concert....& try going to Wolfgangs Vault where they just posted a 1970 Van show that catches him at a great time in his musical career i'm listening now...very fine show there!!


although,unless ya love Van,$300 is alot!

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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 01:35 PM
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Just got an e-mail alert of a show at the Rosemont Theatre. I've never seen him and have always loved his music. Tickets are pricey $75-$300. I heard he's kind of a jerk. Once did a show with his back to the audience the whole time. Advice from those who've seen him. Is he worth $300 a ticket?
I wouldn't pay $300 to see anybody (yes, Cheapskate). Especially at Rosemont! That being said, I saw Van 2 years ago with some friends at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Our tickets were under $100 with fees and we had ok seats but were fortunate to meet a guy who provided us with excellent seats in our own little dancing section. I am a long time Van Morrison fan and had heard all the rumors about bad performances due to too much attitude or drink but I have to say - he put on an amazing show. Everybody I was with was mesmerized by his performance (still has that voice and jammed on the sax, also - plus, like Effie said - he had an amazing band) ... we floated back to our lodging with BIG smiles on our face. It was absolutely worth it! Excellent show! Van is the man!



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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 01:35 PM
he tours infrequently

see him when you have that chance!

 

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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 02:01 PM
I have seen Van twice in the last 3-4 years. Once at the 1400 seat Apllo theatre in Harlem (front row top balcony....Wow). Saw him in 2007 at Chastain Park. Both times I had to pay $150 total per ticket. Very pricey but he tours so infrequently I had to do it. He's one of my all-time favorites.

He puts a great show with a very professional tight band. He only plays for 90 minutes but he wastes literally only seconds in between songs. His break for an encore is only a 1 minute or two. He starts exactly on time. He does not do a greatest hits show but he does play a handful of classics and typically his best tunes from the last few albums or the past decade. Be familiar with his newer tunes (setlist.com keeps up Van setlists). He's a pro on stage.

I would not pay $300 and I would bet that is only for a select seats. If you can get in for $100-$150 I would do it.

 

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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 04:14 PM
I love Van Morrison and agree he's a musical genius. I have never seen him live. As stated, he doesn't tour much. I would love to see him live, but wouldn't pay $300. I might consider $100. There are so many great shows to see for $50 or less, I rarely go the $100 plus route these days. Now, the Allman Brothers at Chastain just might be an exception

 

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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 05:19 PM

I saw Van at the United Palace this past year in NYC. As others have said, he put on a tight, professional show with a great band. It was about 90 minutes and he was great! The voice is still amazing. It was a good selection of songs; I was a bit disappointed with the Brown eyed Girl/ Gloria encore after the rest of the show blew me away, but I'm not complaining.

The tickets were pricey, but not $300. I don't think I'd lay that kind of $$ out for a show.....unless it was a multi-day, mutiple artist deal.

I hope you can find one on the cheaper end of the range you mentioned. It's definitely a show worth seeing.

 

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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 05:43 PM
Van The Man..... great music, great voice..one of a kind

 

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  posted on 6/4/2008 at 05:52 PM
the last time I saw him perform was in Belfast with Them. so that's dating me! I love his great body of work. Van truly is the man. IMO, he is the King of Soul. Gotta love Irish artists. If you love his music, he's worth seeing, he won't be around forever and was sick this winter.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 02:40 AM
"Brown Eyed Girl"

One of the greatest singles of all time.

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 05:14 AM
One of the few times I've ever had my tape rig taken from me by a Yellow jacket. The side story here is actually more entertaining than that. Sometime in 98-99, my girlfriend and I went to see Van and Taj Mahal at the Universal Amp. in L.A. Ca. Taj Came out and ripped it up, as the roadies are moving equipment around, Diane hints that she wants a beer, so I walk down from the nosebleed seats and start to make my way to the bar when I look to my right and see none other than Jack Nicholson leaning against the wall talking to somebody on the other side of the flowing crowd, (You know, that area that separates the orchestra from the rest of us) so I stop and wait and try to get his attention. He continues on talking over the people walking past him, (he has shades and a hat on) and I approach him with my hand out and Say..."Hey man, I appreciate you and have always liked your work on screen".... nothing, he ignores me. So, I try again... "Hey jack, you're one of my favorites"... still nothing... so I turn to walk away, having given up when I feel this tap on my shoulder. "Hey!" he says, "I'm sorry, I was talking to my friend... how you doin'?"... surprised.. I respond.. "well, I'm great thanks"... Jack says "Great show, huh?... that Taj Mahal, he's really something"... I can't believe I'm having a conversation with the one and only Jack Nicholson... "Yeah, I've always liked him, Van Morrison, should be great!" I reply... Jack nods in agreement and says "You enjoy the show"... "Thanks man, you too" I say, and start to walk away... I got about two feet when I turned and asked Jack "Hey Jack... do you know where the Bar is?"... he smiled and in total jack Nicholson character he says " I sure do, it's right through those doors there (pointing) the bartender is really cool"... "thanks" I say and proceed into the bar. So, I get the two beers make my way back to our seats at about the same time the lights go down and Van walks out. I sit next to Diane and whisper in her ear..."Keep it quiet, I just met Jack Nicholson"... Diane immediately screams "YOU MET JACK NICHOLSON?"...shhh!...jesus christ, be quiet.."JACK NICHOLSON!!... WHERE?"..."geez Diane, calm down will ya"...so, Van comes out, sings and blows us all away, the show ends and Diane and I make our way towards the exit, stopping to use the facilities. (you know how this works, I"ll meet you RIGHT here).. so, we go in , do our thing, I come out and no Diane... I look around for her and see her about 10 feet away, laughing and talking to Joe Pesci, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Jack. I stand there in disbelief and let her have her moment, (which turned into 5 minutes, I kid you not) and watch as she jokes and laughs with 4 of Hollywood's biggest stars....So much for my "moment" with Jack... If I'd only had a camera, but then again, the Yellow jackets probably would have taken that as well.....

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 06:46 AM
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Just got an e-mail alert of a show at the Rosemont Theatre. I've never seen him and have always loved his music. Tickets are pricey $75-$300. I heard he's kind of a jerk. Once did a show with his back to the audience the whole time. Advice from those who've seen him. Is he worth $300 a ticket?


Van's not the only one to be enigmatic in concert.

Neil Young has done a performance playing only new material, which caused some negative reaction from the fans...and near the end, he said "here's one you've heard before"...and then he played the first song of the show again!

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 08:21 AM
Chicagofan, go see Van. If you have to pay $300, fine.... just make sure you're close enough to sniff his toenails. He may yell expletives at you, even bomp you with his harmonica, but you will have seen Van Morrison, sniffed his toenails and donned his slobber.

I have passed on two opportunities to see Van, those here who know me well are laughing, I'm a diehard Van fan. But, I'm a cheap ass who lives to regret her frugal decisions.

Go see Van.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 08:27 AM
Love Van. But $300 is way too much.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 12:16 PM
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Neil Young has done a performance playing only new material, which caused some negative reaction from the fans...and near the end, he said "here's one you've heard before"...and then he played the first song of the show again!


That is classic....

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 12:29 PM
I saw Van the man 4 times in one week a few years ago just because he doesn't tour much.Of the 4 shows I saw he only got pissed once because some guy wouldn't shut up.

 

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Neil Young has done a performance playing only new material, which caused some negative reaction from the fans...and near the end, he said "here's one you've heard before"...and then he played the first song of the show again!


That is classic....


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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 12:56 PM
I've seen him twice and would not go see him again , I wanted to see him for years after I saw him I did'nt really think he was all that great live . The second time I saw him it was the woman guitarest with him that I really enjoyed . That said if you have never seen him go and check him out for yourself just don't pay $300 .

The first show of Van's I saw was in a dinner club in NYC , I was in NY for you know who .

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 01:04 PM
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Advice from those who've seen him. Is he worth $300 a ticket?


$300 a ticket?... That's like 15 gallons of Gas

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 01:53 PM
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Once did a show with his back to the audience the whole time.


Must be a "Morrison" thing....

 

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  posted on 6/5/2008 at 01:58 PM
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Once did a show with his back to the audience the whole time.


Must be a "Morrison" thing....



Yeah, the other guy famous for doing this was Miles Davis. I saw him at Humphrey's in San Diego, back in the 80's and the only time he faced the crowd was to say thank you for the applause.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2008 at 10:21 AM
Well I splurged and bought the $300 ticket. It's a great seat, 5th row. Figure if I'm gonna do it, may as well do it right.
 
 


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