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'Astral Weeks' heads for L.A.

March 24, 2009|Randy Lewis

The resurrection of Van Morrison's watershed 1968 album "Astral Weeks" in concert continues to expand with the Irish singer's announcement of plans to bring it back to California in May for several more performances.

Morrison will present the work in its reconfigured entirety at Berkeley's Greek Theatre on May 2 and 3 and then will return to Los Angeles for three nights at the 2,000-seat Orpheum Theatre downtown May 7 to 9. The band and orchestra that will accompany him will include guitarist Jay Berliner, who played on the original recording sessions in New York four decades ago.

The world premiere performances of the "Astral Weeks" music live Morrison took place at the Hollywood Bowl over two nights in November. A CD was released last month, and a live DVD from those shows is slated for an April 7 release exclusively at Amazon.com.

Morrison Tickets for both engagements go on sale Sunday, while American Express cardholders can buy them starting Wednesday.

-- Randy Lewis

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