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Midwest girl from Los Angeles, California
Six of us flew to La from the Midwest to see Van Morrison. This has been a bucket list concert for years. His voice is still strong but the first few songs were boring and he didn’t sing Have I told you lately, Brown eyed girl and Moondance… we regretted making the effort and spending megabucks. . Come on Van, you may be sick of these songs but we love them!
Joe D. from Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO THEATRE LAST NIGHT
Waited my whole life to see Van Morrison. His band was fantastic. Had heard that he was indifferent to his audience, but last night he seemed engaged and into his music. Unfortunately his voice is 73 years old and it shows. Had I not known the lyrics to all of his music it would have been unintelligible. Tickets were expensive and quite frankly I was disappointed.
Former Fan from San Francisco, California
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT AT GREEK THEATER
O.K., I get that musicians maybe get tired of playing old songs, but really? Only old familiar songs were Brown Eyed Girl and Gloria...and those were his encore songs. First part was lots of swing/scat, which after three songs, all sounded the same. He did do jazzy, upbeat rendition of Moondance and Have I told you lately That I love you. This concert was more that 50% of listening to extremely long, drawn out instrumental solos by his band. After encore, his band was still playing, leading audience to believe he would return again. 18 minutes later--nope, lights went on and everyone looked at each other, saying WTF, that's it?? Have never, ever heard so much negativity from unhappy disappointed people at a concert ever. Save your money. He phoned it in....do him the same favor.
Robert from Los Angeles, California
OCT 2021 HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Low volume, no interaction with the audience, short performance, no goodby, no brown eyed girl, left us all wondering what he has against his audience.
Mary from Santa Barbara Bowl
I LEFT SAD & DISAPPOINTED
It felt like I’ve waited all my life for this concert, I was so excited to be there and to finally have a dream come true. However, as the night progressed I realized it wasn’t going to be the concert I had dreamt of. He played some type of jazz music and hardly any hit songs and the hit songs he did play were unrecognizable versions. It wasn’t until the encore did we hear a few songs that sounded familiar. I was so sad and disappointed. When he played my favorite song, “Have I told you lately that I love you”, I didn’t even recognize it. It was as if I paid a lot of money to go to a concert by someone I had never heard of. Van didn’t seem to care if you came to his concert to hear his popular songs, he was playing for himself. Santa Barbara Bowl is a great venue though and the night was beautiful!
JJ from Dallas, Texas
First I must say - we were warned this was not going to be a good experience. Obviously I ignored the comment. We grew up listening to Van Morrison. We attended his concert with another couple. The concert was absolutely horrendous. We were on the 4th row so we had a bird’s eye view. His words were jumbled and the music was 99.9% scat. It was SO WEIRD. He played two of his hits. Just two. Van doesn’t acknowledge his audience. He acted like he could not wait to get off the stage. He does not acknowledge his band either. I felt bad for them but not as bad as I felt for us. It was the worst concert we have ever seen and we have seen over 150. I would not waste a dime to see this guy. Still shaking my head.
from Denver, Colorado
I havent been to Fiddlers in about 20 years and was completely disappointed by the lack of organization; we came to see Taj and completely missed his set! It felt like the venue sold more tickets than there was space. Waiting in a line so long causing half the audience to miss the first set is just wrong! I arrived at 5:30 for a 7 o’clock show, entering lawn seating with absolutely no room for us. The vibe felt like crashing a party we weren’t invited to. After some of the hardest times of my life, I was more than ready to dance and have my heart cradled by Taj Mahal’s musical gift. Hope I can see Taj soon.
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