Friday 7th December, 2018
Van Morrison releases 40th studio album & announces US dates for 2019.
The Prophet Speaks is released today (December 7th 2018). This fourteen track album follows a recent run of hugely acclaimed albums (Roll With The Punches, Versatile and You’re Driving Me Crazy), each of which has delved deep into the musical styles that have continued to inspire Van throughout his life – vocal jazz and R&B.
"His energy along with a tight, motivated band is contagious, jumping out of the speakers with sparkling colors. It’s impossible to not get caught up in the sheer joy exuded by Morrison and company as he cranks out yet another winner in a bulging catalog filled with them." American Songwriter
"No doubt about it: Van Morrison’s on a roll...with an authenticity and eagerness that’s never deserted him...his enthusiasm is infectious...The prophet is speaking loud and clear and letting us know, he’s happy with the place where he’s arrived." Paste
“Intimate, effortless-sounding exercises in sublime jazz phrasing… among his best compositions in a while” Uncut
“Seldom has Van sounded more sanguine than he does on his 40th album” Mojo
Here, Van takes on a series of unarguable classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke (among others) and makes them unmistakably his own. Alongside these reinterpretations, The Prophet Speaks features six phenomenal new Van Morrison compositions including the recent single Got To Go Where The Love Is.
The Prophet Speaks again finds Van working with the incredible multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco (the artist co-credited on You’re Driving Me Crazy) and his band (including Dan Wilson on guitar, Michael Ode on drums and Troy Roberts on tenor saxophone).
Van Morrison plays a series of US shows in 2019. The Chicago shows are the first Van Morrison has played in the city in a decade:
Fri Jan 25th, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Sat Jan 26th, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Wed Jan 30th, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Fri Feb 1st, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Sat Feb 2nd, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Tue Feb 5th, The Wiltern, Los Angeles
Wed Feb 6th, The Wiltern, Los Angeles
Fri Feb 8th, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Sat Feb 9th, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Wed Apr 24th, Chicago Theatre, Chicago
Thu Apr 25th, Chicago Theatre, Chicago
Tickets for the Las Vegas and Los Angeles performances are available here. Tickets for both Chicago performances will be available starting Friday, December 14th @ 10am CT.
Praise for You’re Driving Me Crazy
“Thrilling”, Mojo ★★★★
“Irresistible”, Record Collector ★★★★
“The sort of album carping fans have wanted for a long time”, The Mirror ★★★★★
Praise for Versatile
"A curious little joy of a record", The Guardian ★★★★
"A masterclass in jazz phrasing”, The i ★★★★
"At 72, Van seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down... and that's no bad thing", The Sun ★★★★
Praise for Roll With The Punches
“Proof that, at 71, Morrison can still perform with gusto” Mojo
“His 37th album brings an intimate, ad-libbed feel to standards by Bo Diddley, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Fifties R&B queen Ruth Brown”, The Mail ★★★★
“Knockout”, The Mirror ★★★★
For more information, please contact Robin at Turner Hall.