Sunday 25 August 2019

'That Van Morrison has no personality' - Fans voice their anger at singer's 'grumpiness' during recent gig

Handout photo of Van morrison performing on Cyprus Avenue as part of the East Side Arts Festival
Handout photo of Van morrison performing on Cyprus Avenue as part of the East Side Arts Festival
A young Van Morrison
Van Morrison

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Music fans who attended Van Morrison's recent Dublin gig have spoken of their disappointment at the singer's lack of interaction with the crowd.

Morrison played the venue on Friday, November 20, as part of his 70th birthday celebrations.

David Bradley, who said he paid €102 for his ticket, claimed the Northern-Ireland born singer was only on stage for 90 minutes, from 8.00 - 9.30pm, and didn't give fans an encore.

"Van didn't say 'good evening' at the beginning or 'good night' at the end of the concert.

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"He actually only spoke to the audience once, after he had played five songs, and said 'how are we doing so far?'

"That was his only interaction with us," he told RTE Radio One's Liveline show.

David described how the band continued playing as Van exited the stage, leading fans to believe he would reappear for an encore.

"But then the lights went on and people realised it was over and began to leave," he said.

Another member of the audience, June Grant, said that there were no taxis available outside the music venue when the crowd poured out at 9.30 pm.

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She reasoned that as usually concerts don't end until approximately 10.30 pm the taxi drivers would not have expected the demand at such an early hour.

"That man Van Morrison has no personality, no etiquette, nothing.

"He simply doesn't know how to treat an audience. I actually preferred the band to him.

"He's grumpy and he left the stage without saying goodbye or good night.

"He didn't even bother saying 'thank you for coming'," she said.

David agreed with her on this point and felt that Morrison had failed to observe basic manners.

"I always thought of him as a reserved person but there are certain courtesies that a shy person still extends - 'goodbye', 'good night', 'thank you'," he said.

Van Morrison has received a plethora of awards and accolades including 6 Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, an OBE, an Ivor Novello and has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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