Van Morrison @ The Orpheum, Los Angeles 5/8/2009

Van MorrisonContrary to the opinion of Phil Gallo of Live Daily, Van Morrison was so non-engaging that people were talking throughout the audience during the second night of his three-night LA stop.

The first set was mostly newer songs. They were great songs but no one was familiar with them. He played a few gems: “It stoned me,” “Moon dance,” the songs off Astral Weeks and closed with “Gloria.” He also played “Georgia on My mind” which was really cool.

The thing was he never said a word to the audience, not one. He didn’t plan an encore. He just walked off the stage towards the end of “Gloria” and that was it.

I kind of felt cheated. So unless you have a nostalgic desire just to cross Van off a list of must sees before they leave this Earth, a la Bobby Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, et al. you can skip it. The easiest way I can describe the show was that we were there to watch him play, but he was not there to play for us.

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  • Minorkle May 21, 2009, 12:11 am

    Van and I go way back. Some things just can't be explained.