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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