Last year's Van Morrison concerts on Cyprus Avenue, Belfast were brilliant. The official hour long video of the first concert is evidence of Van's talent and ability to impact an audience. The two shows on August 31, 2015 were part of his 70th birthday celebrations. You've got to go over to youtube now and see for yourself. Below are some of the comments in response to the hour long video of the first concert.
Pamela Mac Neil - Yes, I've heard stories where the audience got really angry, because he would walk off the stage early or yell at the audience. At one time, you never knew what you were going to get when you went to a Van Morrison concert. I think he quit drinking awhile back though. It's sort of a testament, in a strange way, to his talent, that he can act like that and people still turn out in droves to hear him. He seems to be more at peace these days.
ClusterVisionMach2 - I saw him live in Germany several times ... never drunk always on point ... if Van is drunk he is better a musician than the hordes of post modern digitals copy & pasting loops of original music.
Janis Linder - Yes Van is a sure genius and I also believe he gets better with age. Awesome musician and songwriter. Also had the 2nd best Hammond B3 player at all times. We all know Dickey Sims was the world's greatest on B3. Van always used the 2nd greatest whoever that may be.
ClusterVisionMach2 - Lucky Belfast, lucky Ireland to have such a son: a great poet, composer, singer and musician, touching human hearts worldwide.
Veronica Mcsherry - Love you Van Morrison. Met you once in a second hand record shop in Nottinghill and you ran out of the shop before I could say hello.
Benjamin Failor - He'll probably erase your comment. I asked him on his Facebook page about some of his references to Alice Bailey. The next day it was gone.
Harry Lime - The New Caledonia Soul Orchestra (sic) was his best band.
riviera833 - Obligatory self-satisfied TV Chef in the front row. WHY?
ZaheedaNaheedya - Oh, goodness... That was utterly soothing and calming and luxurious. Lovely.
John Reilly - The man is unique, a singular voice. I was weeping tears of joy & wonder during the celebratory, gospel-tinged finale.
Lee Morton - Had the privilege of seeing "Van The Man" make his début at the Maritime hotel back in the 60s when he fronted Them. Great groups and great times back then. Cheap scrumpy and Mundy's wine at The Spanish Rooms.
Callum Tulley - I need say nothing of Van, everyone knows what a world class talent he is, he's in a league of his own, and has been for decades now. But what about his drummer here? His touch and his timing is majestic, makes it look easy. Even by Van's standards this is outstanding.
James Nicholl - he is great guy as well as superb drummer. We saw at Nells in Fulham ( London). After, he was looking for taxi. We gave lift to their hotel. Great end to a magic evening.
Craig Ashby - Saw him in York with our kid a few years ago. We'd travelled nine hours to see him play 45mins - t-shirt man said he cut it short 'cus he had a plane to catch (damn you Ryanair!). Left feeling short changed, but in complete admiration for the man's unstinting conviction to his art form, even when that means putting his travel plans before the fans.
Darcy McFarlane - I love the 52:57 moment where two generation see Van in two different ways. The mother sees him as nostalgia living that moment and the daughter is mesmerized by poetry shes never heard.
Perkyporkpie - Bloody Van Morrison has done it again-made me burst into tears for no apparent reason. Let's be honest he's just magnificent but the crying has to stop!
Lauretta Wesson - I have been a fan and listening to Van Morrison since Roosevelt high school in Fresno I graduated in 1964.
Katy D - SO good to see he's lost weight and it shows in his better performances. Singing and breathing better. He looks good, sounds great. Stellar guitar, they're all cream of the crop.
Daithi o beag - Yeah 'burnin ground' is the highlight for me. Deep
Roel Lassche - It's great, i understand his memories on this one,one of the best recordings Irish,poets and alcohol: great this,saw him 4 times in my life,need to so him once again i think..
voice with soul deep art. Sing on, VM! We need you now more than ever.
Christine Wrench - Turned down the opportunity in Paris in 1983 to meet Van after spending about hour or so drinking with Pee Wee Ellis and Tom Donlinger following a concert. 30 years on I still shake my head in stunned amazementbb lang8 months ago
Van The Man....in a class All the to Himself...does it All.. All he's go to do is feel it...and that's it he will take you on his journey! Rock,Soul, Blues,R&B, all done with his magic....
MusicDude868 - Never seen a clip of him playing saxophone before...HE IS AMAZING!!! They don't call him Van the Man for nothing. Awesome!!!
Phillip McConnochie - Most underrated musician ever. People say 'Van Morrison? oh yeah i love brown eyed girl' so frustrating to me that this is his main recognized song, he has 200 better one's. I will say even though I think van's the best musician ever, I dont like jazz never have, i dislike moondance and a few others. I like Cleaning Windows. I think it's more swing and dance Celtic rather than jazz.
Chris Paws - The second half of this gig really gets to me. Transcendental. Too good.
kwilliams1958 - I feel for those who have never heard Van the Irish Soulman! Purist of talent and deepest of soul...
Joy Rothke - Life without Van? Inconceivable!
51tomtomtom - always in new arrangements ! Never twice the same stuff, that's what is all about ! Sometimes they're better than the original , sometimes not, but.......where is the beginning , where is the end.....? It's surely not the wind blowing there which made it very "airy".