Jeremy Brendan's My Life as a Reptile blog has an interesting review of a Van concert from 2007. One of the readers argues against Brendan's review even though both were at the same concert. Shows how subjective life is. Check out the full review by clicking above.
The band was awesome. Well, it's an all-star band so go figger. But check your Van history: he performs EXACTLY as long as he is signed for (notice he didn't short change us, either), he never speaks to the audience, he rarely opens his eyes. None of what he did was a surprise. And let's face it...$50 was cheap these days, don't you think? Besides that he NEVER does many hits, and certainly did a few songs people who've seen multiple Van shows have never heard live. In fact, if you like Greatest Hits concerts, Ottawa was given a gift by Van Morrison. Man, I wish you'd been with us.
The sound was the big problem. I overheard at least a dozen conversations between people wishing the volume was louder. One woman in a brown hat gamely tried to start a chant, “Turn up the music. Turn up the music,” but her cry was lost in the cocktail chatter that competed with the music from the stage and at times threatened to drown it out.
Regardless, people seemed to be in a festive mood, which may have been helped by the excitement of a big opening night at a new location, and by the unexpectedly co-operative weather. But there is no doubt that a lot of people in the back third of that huge crowd were disappointed by the low volume. At times Van the Man seemed little more than background music.