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VAN MORRISON Releases “Transformation” First Single And Video From ‘Roll With The Punches’ Album Due Out September 22

VAN MORRISON has just released “Transformation,” the first single from his forthcoming album ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES, across all digital platforms. ROLL WITH THE PUNCHESMORRISON‘s 37th studio album–is due out September 22 on Exile/Caroline.  MORRISON will head out for a few U.S. dates around the album’s release, to be followed by UK dates before the end of the year.

Transformation” is a sublime piece of soulful music; the kind of gloriously transcendent song that only VAN MORRISON seems to write. The song features regular VAN collaborator Chris Farloweon additional vocals alongside U.K. jazz great Jason Rebello on piano and legendary guitarist/former Yardbird Jeff Beck.

Along with a few self-written tracks, ROLL WITH THE PUNCHESfeatures VAN‘s interpretations of a selection of rhythm and blues classics, reconnecting him with music he came of age with in the ’60s.  “From a very early age, I connected with the blues. The thing about the blues is you don’t dissect it–you just do it. I’ve never over-analysed what I do; I just do it,” VAN says. 

“Music has to be about just doing it and that’s the way the blues works–it’s an attitude. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing–people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter & Mose Allison. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot.”

At the same time, a live performance video for “Transformation” is accompanying the single’s release. The video for the song was filmed at VAN‘s recent gig at London’s Porchester Hall. Hear “Transformation” on Spotify or Apple Music; purchase on iTunes and watch the video here.  pre-order of the album is available now.

VAN MORRISON‘s U.S. and UK tour dates are as follows:

Date

Venue

U.S. DATES:

Sun Sept 10

Hersheypark Stadium

 @ “Outlaw Music Festival”

Thu Sept 14

Ascend Amphitheater

Fri Oct 13

The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Sat Oct 14

The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Fri Oct 20

Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)

Sat Oct 21

Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)

UK DATES:

Mon Nov 6

Edinburgh Playhouse

Tues Nov 7 

Glasgow Royal Court

Sun Nov 12

London Eventim Apollo

Mon Nov 13

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Wed Nov 15

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Mon Nov 20

Cardiff St. David’s Hall

Tues Nov 21

Bristol Colston Hall

Fri Nov 24

Torquay Princess Theatre

Sat Nov 25

Plymouth Pavilions

Mon Dec 4

Belfast Europa Hotel

Tues Dec 5

Belfast Europa Hotel

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