Van Morrison will play two Valentine’s week shows in Clearwater

Just know that you’ll most likely experience an anti-COVID rant.

Van Morrison, who plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on February 14-15, 2022. - Chris Rodriguez
Chris Rodriguez
Van Morrison, who plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on February 14-15, 2022.

It’s no secret that music legend Van Morrison has been itching to get back on the road ever since COVID-19 shut everything down.

Last year, the “Brown Eyed Girl” icon infamously dropped a trio of songs that ridicule the UK’s lockdown policies—later followed by “Stand And Deliver,” another anti-lockdown anthem featuring God himself, Eric Clapton (actually Slowhand spent lockdown seeing past racist statements resurface). These songs were in support of VanMo’s “Save Live Music” fund, which was supposed to give back to the performers who couldn’t hit the stage in 2020. One-time grants of £500 were given to certain applicants who were eligible. Surely, the 75-year old Irishman meant well, but the guy actually challenged legal action against the whole Northern Irish government earlier this year. Take it easy, Van.

Whether or not you can still listen to “Moondance” without thinking about Van’s views, you have two rare chances to see him live at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall—on February 14 and 15. He returned to the Hall for the first time in 20 years back in 2017, with a fully sold-out, three-night stint, so you definitely don’t want to miss this experience—even if ticket prices start at $98.75. Tickets go on sale June 18.

To hold you over, Van released a new, 28-track album on May 7, with titles such as “Why Are You on Facebook?” and “Love Should Come with a Warning.” It’s basically a two-hour long collection of Van Morrison doing what Van Morrison does best: Telling it like it is, in as straightforward a fashion as possible.

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Josh Bradley

Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.
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