Van Mor­ri­son is set to open up, at the be­hest of Ian Rankin

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - TONY CLAYTON-LEA

Stop.The.Presses. Van Mor­ri­son graces the stage of Dublin’s Olympia the­atre on De­cem­ber 10th in two guises: that of per­former and that of pub­lic in­ter­vie­wee.

Frankly, we’re not sure which we’re look­ing for­ward to the­most –the­man’s gig scan range from the sub­lime to the oh so so, but we’ve never seen him be­ing pub­licly in­ter­viewed be­fore, so that alone could be worth the price of the ticket.

Subti­tled Lit Up Inside( the ti­tle of his re­cently pub­lished book of se­lected lyrics, as lim vol­ume that has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of at least one vi­tu­per­a­tive cri­tique), the evening is in two parts.

The sec­ond part is the gig with a four-piece band; the first seg­ment sees Mor­ri­son be­ing in­ter­viewed by Scot­tish writer Ian Rankin across a Q&A ses­sion that lasts up to 30 min­utes. In­ter­spersed with the con­ver­sa­tion will be read­ings of Mor­ri­son lyrics by poet Michael Lon­g­ley, and an over view of his ca­reer by Dr Ea­monn Hughes.

Some­thing of a night, then, for Mor­ri­son fans, bu­tit’s in struc­tive to know that this event, while billed as a “once-off for Dublin”, has been staged be­fore (at London’s Lyric The­atre last month, where Edna O’Brien read Madame George as a poem). Re­ports of Mor­ri­son re­lax­ing into the in­ter­view (ge­nially and knowl­edge­ably probed by Rankin) have fil­tered through: he smiles, he laughs, he talks of his love of mu­sic.

One ques­tion: for the Dublin gig, surely mu­sic lover Roddy Doyle should have been asked to be the in­ter­viewer? After his Roy Keane book, he’d beused to deal­ing with mav­er­icks renowned for frac­tious be­hav­iour.

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