Sunday, March 08, 2009

Van Morrison is Back With "Astral Weeks Live"

Van Morrison has been a pop music legend since the 1960s, but has been creating new excitement with a new live performance of one of his classic albums. Morrison recently played his adventurous, 40-year-old album "Astral Weeks," which was hailed as a stunning recreation of a timeless album. A few weeks ago Astral Weeks Live At the Hollywood Bowl was released, and a DVD of the concert is coming soon.

While there is no full Van Morrison tour scheduled, two more live performances of "Astral Weeks" are upcoming, both at London's Royal Albert Hall, April 18th and 19th. I saw Morrison in New York about at decade ago, as the headline of the short-lived Fleadgh, an Irish-themed summer festival on Randall's Island, and the Belfast native put on a great show. It's good to see that a decade later Morrison is still able to wow the fans, and apparently the critics too.

Though "Astral Weeks" is often cited as an important and influential album, it was never a big seller and is probably not well known among casual pop music fans. With any luck, Astral Weeks Live At the Hollywood Bowl will remedy that.

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