Posted in music | tour dates | venues on February 13, 2009

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On one evening last year, Van Morrison finally got around to revisiting the album that many consider his masterpiece, "Astral Weeks."

This week, a recording of that performance - "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (Listen to the Lion/EMI) - was released. It presents a singer who sounds more engaged, more passionate than he has been about anything in years.

No work in Morrison's canon - or in the rock lexicon, for that matter - sounds quite like "Astral Weeks." Forty-one years after its release it still occupies its own world. [Popmatters]

Van Morrison has doubled the amount of times he'll be performing "Astral Weeks" in NYC over the course of the next month. As previously announced, he'll be playing the classic album from start to finish at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on February 27th and 28th. Now he's added March 3rd and 4th at the Beacon Theater too. Tickets for the new shows are on sale TODAY (2/13) @ 9:00 AM.

Speaking of today and the Beacon Theater, tonight's Paul Simon show marks the official reopening of the revamped venue. AP says, "The renovation includes a complete reworking of the Beacon's electrical system, as well as new draperies with gold tassels. A canvas mural in the neoclassical rotunda and the main box office have been restored." The NY Times has a cool panorama view of what it looks like.

Leonard Cohen also has a show coming up there.

"Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl" videos below...

VAN MORRISON - Sweet Thing - Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl. commercial

Imus In The Morning WABC / Van Morrison Astral Weeks Live

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Comments (20)

$300 and $350 for decents seats? This is out of hand.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 9:02 AM

You know the most amazing thing about these shows? The prices. Fuck that noise!

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 9:15 AM

Final straw - f*ck Van Morrison. I want to see this so badly but there's a recession and I can't afford $300 + fees for a ticket. $100 would be tough but I could have done it. This music means so much to me and to see Van doing this to his non-banker fans is heartbreaking.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 9:42 AM

"The renovation includes a complete reworking of the Beacon's electrical system..."

You're welcome

Posted by jack | February 13, 2009 9:46 AM

I am pissed I bought a ticket for the WAMU bullshit, I want to go to Beacon Theater

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 10:29 AM

too much money. out of hand is correct.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 10:40 AM

fuck jay bellin for this bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 10:52 AM

looks exactly like it did before the restoration.

The theater was beautiful last year.

What a freaking waste of money.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 11:00 AM

Supply and demand my friends...suck it up.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 11:00 AM

they changed the seats. waste of money my opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 11:05 AM

Astral Weeks is great and all, but this is ridiculous. Fuck supply and demand, this is a hostage/ransom situation. Buying a ticket would be an act of complicity to extortion.

Posted by duderson | February 13, 2009 11:20 AM

"Supply and demand my friends...suck it up."

Really? I will be pretty surprised if this sells out quickly at those prices. His only saving grace is that there are a lot of older peeps with disposable incomes who are into his legacy enough to pay those ridiculous prices.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 11:22 AM

Look for a price discount on leftover seats as date of show approaches. But the good seats will go at these high prices.

Posted by drewo | February 13, 2009 11:27 AM

"Look for a price discount on leftover seats as date of show approaches. But the good seats will go at these high prices."

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Hoping that this is the case-- after two shows at WaMu, I don't know that there is going to be a lot of demand from the Boomers for crappy seats at $100.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 11:35 AM

They will def need to offer discounted or 2-for-1 offers to sell these shows out, no question. The prices are too high generally, let alone under our current economic conditions.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 11:38 AM

simon and garfunkel bitches. the price just went up!

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2009 12:54 AM

he's fat.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2009 4:03 AM

This show was absolutely awesome. Can't think of anything that could have been better than seeing Van on my 50th Birthday. Coming to new york city was great too. :)

Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2009 10:23 AM

he has a handsome face..

Posted by Bisnis Online | May 18, 2009 10:48 PM

Looks like the presale for the 14th is done. The 15th is up to first mezzanine now.

PS All the much better tickets released for the 14th after the 15th show was announced=gay.

Posted by Lingerie | September 20, 2009 2:12 PM

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