| Van a Smash, Then He's Gone!
||Wearing his trademark outfit of sunglasses, hat and
suit, Van Morrison walked onto the stage 10 minutes
early and left in an almighty rush.
The Irish singer songwriter started his set at 6.50pm,
baffling some of the late arrivals among the
However, he did proceed to give the fans - who had
paid as much as £22.50 for a ticket - a hint of why he
is considered a music legend, playing some of his
greatest songs from the past 30 years.
|Back on Top, the title track of his 1999 studio
release, and Goin' Down Geneva from the same album,
were well received, but it was the upbeat favourites
Bright Side of The Road and Jackie Wilson Said which
really gave the crowd something to smile about.
Many people may have found it strange that such
timeless songs couldn't even muster a smirk on Mr
He showed no emotion during the entire set.
During instrumental breaks he stared straight out into
the audience making the fans wonder if he really
wanted to be there, and only those who have seen him
in concert before would realise this is how he usually
He always appears to be a bit grumpy (although on
occasions he has been known to utter a few words to
the crowd, something he didn't do at this concert) but
that's as much a part of his image as his hat and
His band was excellent throughout and they turned
Moondance - to which Van mumbled some of the lyrics -
into something memorable, and the Them classic Please
Baby Don't Go, was also a highlight.
Of course the crowd's favourite was his rendition of
Brown-Eyed Girl, which was followed by the closing
song Gloria, another Them classic.
And then he was gone and he didn't come back on.
After just one hour and 20 minutes it was all over and
Van rushed to Ronaldsway to get a flight straight out
of the Island.
One firm favourite he chose not to play was Here Comes
But it would hardly have been appropriate seeing that
the show was over disappointingly early at 8.10pm.
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