Watch the Video for Van Morrison’s New Single, ‘Transformation’
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Morrison’s 37th studio effort is due to arrive in stores Sept. 22, and finds the veteran frontman focused on his longtime love affair with the blues. “From a very early age, I connected with the blues,” he explains via press release. “The thing about the blues is you don’t dissect it: You just do it. I’ve never over-analyzed what I do; I just do it.”
Tackling a mixture of covers and originals with an assortment of regular collaborators and special guests — including Jeff Beck, who appears on “Transformation” — Morrison has said he took a “performance-oriented” approach to the material. “Each song is like a story and I’m performing that story,” he added. “That’s been forgotten over years because people over-analyze things. I was a performer before I started writing songs, and I’ve always felt like that’s what I do.”
That performance theme is reflected in the “Transformation” video, which consists of footage collected during Morrison’s concert at London’s Porchester Hall on July 11 — and he’ll have plenty of chances to put it to the test throughout much of the remainder of the year.
Morrison’s scheduled to embark on a round of tour dates surrounding Roll With the Punches‘ release, starting with a handful of appearances in North America during September and October. The following month, he’s set to head to Europe for another leg of shows, wrapping up with a pair of dates in Belfast in early December.
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