Thursday, 19 May 2016

Believe it or Not - Part 9

1. The three piece sister group called Haim admitted they used to play Van songs at state fairs in their parents’ band, Rockinhaim.  

2. On the website Villians Wikia it describes a Vince Van Morrison as a villain from the anthropomorphic web comic Jack who is a hideous mutilated fox who also acts as one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

3.  Van was unable to attend John Lee Hooker's memorial service on June 28, 2001 but daughter Shana Morrison read a message from her father.    

4. A site called the Catalyst Blog suggested that Axl Rose and Van Morrison were twins 'Separated at Birth” by virtue of their resemblance to each other. 

 5. In the book 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, 10 Van Morrison songs are recommended.  Brown Eyed Girl, Into the Mystic, Domino and Cyprus Avenue are included.  

 6. Bryan Adams, Alice Cooper, Destiny's Child, America, Anita Baker, Michael Bolton, Pat Boone, etc. have all been deemed worthy of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, Van hasn't made the cut yet. Van shouldn't be overly concerned since Bob Dylan misses out as well.  

 7. The large key and leather-bound scroll that Van was presented with in 2013 as part of the Freedom of the City of Belfast award was last seen in a 24-hour security control room at Belfast Waterfront.

 8. According to the Belfast Telegraph by 2014 Van had sold 75 million albums.  (And five copies of Lit Up Inside) (Just kidding).

 9. In 2007 it was reported that Van Morrison was looking for a director to make a biographical documentary about his career. reported that Van was interested in a feature along the lines of Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan film, No Direction Home. Van supposedly said, "I have all this material collected and I realised we weren't getting past 1968".

10. Van Morrison was the first famous person mentioned by the Royal Hotel in Bangor in its advertisement for trying to sell the iconic hotel. Wrestler Giant Haystacks was another "celebrity" mentioned in the promotional material.    

11.  In 2001 Van played two shows in Majorca, Spain that were organised by actor Michael Douglas.  Prince Felipe and his sister Infanta Cristina were honoured guests.  Van, ever the contrarian, began his set before the royals were seated.  He also left immediately after the show even though the royals had hoped to meet him.  

12.  Van Morrison was awarded a knighthood for services to music and tourism in his native Northern Ireland. The value in pounds of all those Van pilgrims is at last being recognised.

13.  Van songs are used everywhere. Back on Top was used on New Zealand radio in 2000 when the Kiwis won the America's Cup.   

14. Van made one website's list of the 123 Worst Musicians of All Time. Their stinging criticism consisted of one line, "It’s amazing to think that Van Morrison made Astral Weeks at the age of 23. Most people don’t lose touch and make terrible adult contemporary music until they hit 40."

15. Van Morrison's name was used on an American Psychological blog discussing how to give citations in articles.  The controversy concerned the hypothetical situation where someone's name is 'van Morrison' with a small "v". If Van discovers his Dutch roots he'll know how to properly spell his name.   

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