Concert review: Van Morrison at DAR Constitution Hall
Midnight Sun commenter AmyWoo saw Van Morrison perform at DAR Constitution Hall this past weekend. Here are her thoughts:
Having read several less than stellar reviews of Van Morrison’s recent performances, I have to admit I went in to Friday night's concert at DAR Constitution Hall expecting the worst. And for the first hour and 45 minutes, I was pleasantly surprised.
In spite of the fact that none of his "big hits" appeared on his set list that night, I thoroughly enjoyed the music Morrison played.
One of the greatest things about seeing an established artist like Morrison is the incredible musicians that make up the band. Morrison didn't disappoint in that respect – I don't think I've ever heard someone wail on the viola quite like Tony Fitzgibbon.
Of course, the caliber of musicians playing with Morrison didn't stop him from the occasional barking demand to play "long notes" or switch to the "tom-tom or whatever." ...
As the band played out the end of "On Hyndford Street," Morrison unceremoniously walked off stage. Someone muttered a quick "Van Morrison" into a mic and the crowd leaped to their feet in appreciation. With the crowd still standing, the band members looked at each other and almost sheepishly left the stage.
The applause continued for a few minutes, everyone clearly expecting an encore. But the house lights came on and the stage hands quickly began breaking down the equipment.
Never before have I seen an audience turn so quickly from thunderous applause to audible displeasure. Fans who had paid between $100 and $400 a ticket for the evening’s performance were slowly realizing that not even two hours in, the night was over.
The concert was one I’ll definitely remember and for the most part, think upon fondly. But nothing can sour a memory like exiting a venue to the boos and hisses of a disgruntled crowd.
Set List (from Van Morrison News)
Northern Muse (Solid Ground)
Streets Of Arklow/You Don't Pull No Punches (snippet)
In The Garden
Slim Slow Slider
Sweet Thing/Burning Ground
The Way Young Lovers Do
On Hyndford Street
(Photo of Van Morrison performing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles by Getty Images)