Review & Set List: Van Morrison @ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, England

by Newsdesk

Set within the picturesque confines of Hampton Court, Van Morrison treated the expectant crowd to a virtuoso performance, effortlessly easing through a set of 19 tracks from his extensive back cataloge.

After a quiet start the set exploded into life with a cover of the jazz standard St James Infirmary, accompanied by his band comprising of drums, bass, guitar, backing singer and a keyboardist / trumpeter.

Classics included Brown Eyed Girl, Whenever God Shines His Light On Me, Did Ye Get Healed, Baby Please Don’t Go and a sensational version of Moondance with Van enjoying himself throughout, directing his ensemble with a swift raised arm and whispering messages into attentive ears.

He brought the set to a close with a storming version of Gloria, exiting the stage mid-song to leave the rest of the band to finish the concert and take the much deserved applause.

Despite turning 70 his voice sounded that of a man half his age, proving he still has this incredible gift and is able to continue to thrill audiences with his timeless songbook, a joy.

The set list:
  • Celtic Swing (from Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, 1983)
  • Close Enough for Jazz (from Too Long in Exile, 1993)
  • Goin' Home (from The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast 1998, 2000)
  • Magic Time (from Magic Time, 2005)
  • Did Ye Get Healed? (from Poetic Champions Compose, 1987)
  • St. James Infirmary (from What's Wrong With This Picture?, 2003)
  • Wavelength (from Wavelength, 1978)
  • Wild Night (from Tupelo Honey, 1971)
  • Carrying a Torch (from Hymns to the Silence, 1991)
  • Whenever God Shines His Light (from Avalon Sunset, 1989)
  • I Believe to My Soul (from It's Too Late to Stop Now, 1974)
  • Enlightenment (from Enlightenment, 1990)
  • Medley:
    • In the Afternoon (from Days Like This, 1995)
    • Ancient Highway (from Days Like This, 1995)
    • Burn Baby Burn (Ash cover)
    • Raincheck (from Days Like This, 1995)
  • Medley:
    • Baby, Please Don't Go (Them single, 1964)
    • Parchman Farm (Bukka White cover)
    • Don't Start Crying Now (Them single, 1964)
  • Moondance (from Moondance, 1970)
  • Brown Eyed Girl (from Blowin' Your Mind, 1967)
  • It's Too Late
  • Help Me (from It's Too Late to Stop Now, 1974)
  • Gloria (from The Angry Them, 1965)

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