Photos: Van Morrison plays first of three shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall
"You are out of practice. I get that.
It's been 20 years since Van Morrison has played around here, and you've gotten lazy. Almost as if you do not appreciate the eccentricities of a bona fide rock and roll curmudgeon.
So, to refresh your memory:
A Van Morrison concert starts on time. If the ticket says 8 p.m., you can expect Morrison on the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage at 8, not 8:01 nor 8:02. And for the couple who had the seats in front of me for Tuesday night's show? Sorry. Showing up at 8:45 p.m. doesn't mean you're fashionably late. It means you missed half the show.
Furthermore, do not expect a greatest hits performance. Yes, he played Moondance. And Wild Night and Brown Eyed Girl. He even closed with Gloria, in all its G-L-O-R-I-A glory.
But this is not the Beach Boys selling memories. This is about music. Real music. Not the MTV version. Not a I-know-this-one playlist from Spotify."
Read John Romano's full review of Tuesday's show from Van Morrison, who was back at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall 20 years after selling out four consecutive shows. Shows Wednesday and Thursday are sold out.