album in its entirety – completely sober.
By Fred Mills
Billboard.com is reporting that on Nov. 7 and 8 Van Morrison
intends to perform his classic ’68 album Astral
Weeks in its entirety. The legendary musician is apparently taking his cue
from the commercial and critical success other artists’ similar endeavors (not
the least of which would be Brian Wilson, who revived both Pet Sounds and SMILE for
the stage, as have numerous alternative acts ranging from Sonic Youth to Mogwai
to Public Enemy).
The shows “will feature some of the original musicians” who
appeared on Astral Weeks, says
Billboard.com. Tickets will be a whopping $75 to $255.50 via Ticketbastard
starting Oct. 5.
However, after you get your tix it might be a good idea to
stock up on airplane bottles of booze or invest in a pair of those cool sandals
that double as flasks; earlier this year Morrison, a recovering alcoholic,
imposed a ban on alcohol sales at his concerts both in the U.S. and the U.K.
Not to worry, though, if you choose to simply bend the ol’ elbow in the parking
lot prior to the gig: Astral Weeks only
runs about 45 minutes!
On Oct. 21 Rhino will be reissuing the album on