Monday, 11 November 2013

Van Morrison's Folly

Here’s a post from Shawn Quinn in 2010 about a Houston area concert on May 1, 2010.  According to stats guru Gunter Becker the concert lasted 1 hour 36 minutes and 39 seconds and 16 songs were played.   The concert was held at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at Woodlands.  Here’s most of Shawn’s post: 
Van Morrison’s Folly

A recent post to the Houston Press Rocks Off blog details Van Morrison’s rather unusually conditioned visit to the greater Houston area. While it is Van’s right to attach as much fine print to his performances as his heart allows, I feel it equally my right to expose the flaws in his logic.

1.        Van didn’t allow reviewers or photographers at his shows unless he was in an especially good mood.

This is just crazy. A performer with any confidence in his or her talent should take no issue of this sort with either reviewers or photographers. Are they going to run every ticket holder’s name through the major Web search engines and have everyone sign declarations under penalty of perjury that they will not blog about the show?

2.       Subscribers and ticket holders received emails from the Pavilion with a list of dos and don’ts for Van’s show.

Besides the stuff that we already knew, like that Morrison will go on at 8 p.m. sharp with no opener, among the other “unique items” the Pavilion informed ticket holders that no “alcohol-related beverages” would be served during Morrison’s performance. The Pavilion will suspend alcohol sales at 7:50 p.m., the same time that Morrison has “requested” that all ticket holders be in their seats.
Humility never came naturally to me and I have always felt like being truly humble was not being myself. But there’s having an ego, and then there’s REALLY HAVING AN EGO. And from the looks of these requests, Van Morrison REALLY HAS AN EGO. Honestly, this is not only needless egotism, but this turns me off to Van Morrison as a fan. It’s enough of an ego to make stars like Madonna look humble, and that’s a lot. I’m not easily offended by ego, but this egregious display of ego does offend me a bit.

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