As it goes with many performers saddled with expectations based on their earliest iconoclastic works, live performances means struggling to reconcile legends with the strain of age and economic imperative. This is especially true for Van Morrison, the famously mercurial singer capable of ecstasy as well as scowling indifference even in his prime. However, touring in support of a just-released deluxe edition of his classic Moondance, Morrison appears to be in surprisingly strong voice for a 68 year-old, so that even when he strains to capture his old feverish sensuality he retains an imposing and enviable stage presence.
Mon., Nov. 25, 8 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 13, 2013