Van Morrison: Live at the Rainbow

Van Morrison: Live at the Rainbow

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Photo courtesy of Ed Caraeff/Getty Images.

This concert brings WXXI viewers back to 1973, to a July 24th London gig on the tour that spawned the legendary singer’s classic live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now. The three-month tour, which launched just months before Morrison released his 1973 LP Hard Nose the Highway, featured the singer backed by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, Morrison's tight-knit backing band. This program features professionally-lensed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre, which originally aired on the BBC in the UK. WXXI presents Van Morrison: Live at the Rainbow Tuesday, March 13, 2018  at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

“I am getting more into performing,” said Van Morrison in 1973, during his tour with his newly formed Caledonia Soul Orchestra. “It’s incredible…. All of a sudden I felt like ‘you’re back into performing’ and it just happened like that…. A lot of times in the past I’ve done gigs and it was rough to get through them. But now the combination seems to be right and it’s been clicking a lot.”

Morrison’s 1973 tour found the Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers, returning to the stage to deliver scorching definitive renditions of his signature material.