Van Morrison Strolls 'Down The Road'
Irish vocal legend Van Morrison has set a May 14 release date for "Down the Road," his first album under a new deal with Universal. The set is due a day earlier via Universal's Polydor label internatiIrish vocal legend Van Morrison has set a May 14 release date for "Down the Road," his first album under a new deal with Universal. The set is due a day earlier via Universal's Polydor label internationally, with first single "Hey Mr. DJ" due to hit U.S. radio outlets on April 16. Morrison previously recorded for Polydor from 1989 to 1997.
"Down the Road" sports 13 new songs, as well as Morrison's familiar cover of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind" and a new version of U.K. jazz legend Acker Bilk's "Evening Shadows." Bilk plays clarinet on the formerly instrumental track, to which Morrison has added his own lyrics.
The album is the follow-up to 1999's "Back on Top," which peaked at No. 28 on The Billboard 200. Since then, he teamed with Linda Gail Lewis for the 2000 album "You Win Again," which topped out at No. 161 on The Billboard 200.
Tomorrow (April 2), Morrison's daughter Shana releases a solo album of her own, "7 Wishes," via Vanguard. Father and daughter collaborate on a cover of Van's "Sometimes We Cry," which first appeared on his 1997 album "Healing Time" and was later recorded by Tom Jones on his 1999 set "Reload."
Morrison has a handful of European tour dates lined up for the spring and summer, beginning May 3 in Dublin. It's not yet known if he is planning any North American shows in support of "Down the Road."
Here are Van Morrison's tour dates:
May 3-4: Dublin (Olympia Theatre)
May 31: Killarney, Ireland (Gleneagle Hotel)
June 6: Berlin (Tempodrom)
June 7: Hamburg (Stadtpark)
June 8: Cologne, Germany (Tanzbrunnen)
June 21: Mainz, Germany (Zitadelle)
June 22: Hannover, Germany (Parkbuenhe)
July 13: Munich (Tollwood Festival)
July 25: Esslingen, Germany (Burg)