Posted in music | tour dates on August 18, 2009

Van Morrison @ Theater at MSG in Feb. 2009 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Van Morrison

But over the years, [Astral Weeks] kept coming up. It was a perennial favorite in polls with titles like "What is the greatest album of all time?" On the other hand, Morrison himself had been content to forget the album ever happened.

"It was suppressed in my memory," Morrison says. "As far as I was concerned, it just didn't exist."

Now, the album has an almost mythological status in pop culture. Everyone from Glen Hansard to Johnny Depp has talked about how it changed their lives.

"I don't know what to say because it didn't change my life," says Morrison. "I don't know what to make of [the mythology]. It's like any sort of art form -- it's whatever it means to you."

Morrison's cynicism goes further.

"Rock is a brainwash -- I think that's where your mythology goes back to," Morrison says. "It's the most pretentious area in music. It's got singers who don't really sing." [NPR]

Van Morrison has a few more 'Astral Weeks' shows lined up for this fall. But when he comes to NYC's Theater at Madison Square Garden, one of the NYC venues he played 'Astral Weeks' at earlier this year, on October 25th, he'll be presenting "An Evening With Van Morrison." Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All tour dates, with a video of Morrison being interviewed by Time about the Astral Weeks shows, below...

TIME 10 Questions / Van Morrison

Van Morrison - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 25 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
Sep 29 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre ("Astral Weeks")
Sep 30 - Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall ("Astral Weeks")
Oct 01 - Montreal, Quebec - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier ("Astral Weeks")
Oct 24 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
Oct 25 - New York, NY - The Theatre at Madison Square Garden An Evening With Van Morrison
Oct 28 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater

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Comments (8)

this old fat fuck needs to disappear.

Posted by henry rollins | August 18, 2009 2:08 PM

Henry Rollins, you are a jackass. Morrison, on the other hand, is a legend.

Posted by Anon | August 18, 2009 2:53 PM

Henry Rollins.....man, I'm gonna quickly check your body of work. If Van Morrison must disappear to you, given his monumental influence throught popular music...then I must of really missed out on what must be a worldwide artistic and cultural artform breakthrough for you in whatever you do. Don't know HOW I could have missed out.
Hold on ...gonna start googling...

Posted by Tim M | August 18, 2009 11:21 PM

Who's Henry Rollins?

Posted by Duder | August 18, 2009 11:30 PM

Meatloaf! Where!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 2:11 AM

...More like 'Anal Leaks'

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 2:14 AM

yeah, monumental influence on appropriation of black culture

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 2:15 AM

MY insecure readers that have nothing left to comment about except someone’s age, or weight and follow Henry Rollins around like a fucking puppy dog.
And Rollins! You google him ..You will find out he the supports the war! ..Actually gets paid to give peep talk to our soldiers ...Hmm punk rock what ever happened to the second black flag LP “My War”. Having a big mouth earn more money than punk rock that is for sure.
Rollins just stay in the closet,and keep your big fucking mouth shut! And 2:53 , your right! .. Morrison is a legend!
30 years ago Morrison probably would of split Rollins head wide open

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 9:28 AM

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