PHOTOS: Van Morrison in Boston, MA 09.11.18

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It’s not every day that a musician with 50+ active years under his belt comes to town, but that’s what happened Tuesday night September 11th at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion when George Ivan Morrison, better known as Van Morrison, graced Boston with his presence. The show started promptly at 7 when Shana Morrison took the stage. Her voice is as powerful as her father’s and it captivated the crowd while people arrived to the venue and took their seats. Her style is soulful with a side of jazz. After she performed a handful of songs, it was time for her elder to take the stage.

Sir Morrison came on to the stage to a huge ovation from the sold out Pavilion crowd, accompanied by his band they went into “That Old Black Magic” a cover from Johnny Mercer. They then went into “The Way That Young Lovers Do,” from his hit album Astral Weeks. The 22 song set contained a wide variety of fun covers, but also some standards such as “Wild Night,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Moondance.” There wasn’t much stage banter, or movement around the stage. Morrison’s voice was flawless and seemingly timeless. The show finished with a classic cover of sorts “Gloria” from Morrison’s first band Them, and ended with instrumental jam from the band while Morrison disappeared from sight. Show was over by 9:40pm, decent time to end for a ‘school night.’

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