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Van Morrison To Perform Full "Astral Weeks" at Hollywood Bowl

October 2, 2008 10:52 AM ET

Van Morrison will perform the entirety of his 1967 masterpiece Astral Weeks during a run of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this November. Morrison will perform at the famed Los Angeles venue November 7, 8 and 9. Many of the musicians who performed on the original album will perform at the concert as well. Tickets go on sale on October 5th. The whole event will be filmed for an upcoming live disc, appropriately titled Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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