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Rolling Stone Random Notes

Valley News, Van Nuys CA
10 July 1977

In Europe for a promo visit, Van Morrison made his first live public appearance in more than two years. He played two sets for 150 people at Maunkberry's restaurant-club in London. On the first, he was accompanied by Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) on keyboards, Mick Ronson on guitar, Peter Van Hooke on drums, and Mo Foster on bass. He played material from his new album, A Period of Transition, and unrecorded songs in the vein of Veedon Fleece.

For the second set, he was joined by Brian Auger on keyboards and several pick-up musicians for an hour-long jam of 'Rock Me Baby' and 'Turn On Your Love Light'. Before the set, Morrison said he had no plans to tour America or Europe. But afterwards, obviously elated by the evening's music, he seemed in the mood to consider more live appearances 'if it's loose.'


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