Van Morrison's Astral Weekend
Van Morrison fans have gotten used to a fairly dependable routine when the man comes to town: a main set made up of primarily brand-new material, a perfunctory couple of hits for an encore, and out. That tendency makes this weekend's appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, at which he will re-create the legendary album Astral Weeks in its entirety, all the more special.
For this occasion, Morrison is splitting the show into two parts, as Brian Wilson did when he brought Pet Sounds and SMiLE to the Bowl in 2001 and 2005 respectively. His regular band will back him during the opening set of hits, but for the second, Astral half, he'll be joined by guitarist Jay Berliner and bassist Richard Davis, both of whom played on the original album, and monster jazz drummer Peter Erskine replacing the departed Connie Kaye.