Rock & roll legend Van Morrison made a rare appearance in town on Oct. 8 at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre -- only his second San Diego show since 1973 -- with soul/gospel icon Mavis Staples in tow.
It was only the famed Irish singer's second show in San Diego since 1973!
Staples, who opened the show, is touring in support of her 14th studio album titled "We Get By," which was released this past May and was produced by Ben Harper.
The prolific Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is releasing his 41st (!!!) studio album, "Three Chords and the Truth," tomorrow (Oct. 25).
He performed a career-spanning set on Oct .8, which featured updated, jazzier versions of old classics, new selections and a few covers for good measure. Songs included "Got to Go Where the Love Is," "It Once Was My Life," "Saint Dominic's Preview," a medley of "Baby, Please Don't Go" into "Parchman Farm" and "Roll With the Punches," "Days Like This," "The Way That Young Lovers Do," "Wild Night"...
Along with "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid" (Lester Young cover), "Moondance," "Broken Record," "Spirit Will Provide," "Cleaning Windows" and "Be-Bop-A-Lula," "Whenever God Shines His Light," "I Can't Stop Loving You" (by Don Gibson), "Ain't Gonna Moan No More," "Northern Muse (Solid Ground)," "Think Twice Before You Go" (John Lee Hooker cover), "Little Village," "Did Ye Get Healed?" and "In the Garden."
Morrison capped off the performance with a two-song encore featuring the garage rock anthem "Gloria" (which he recorded with the band Them in 1964) and his signature track "Brown Eyed Girl."
Mavis Staples was also in spectacular form throughout the Oct. 8 show.
The multi-Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (1999) originally began her career with her family group the Staples Singers in 1950.
You've heard her everywhere: Her voice has been sampled extensively in hip-hop, by such artists as Salt 'N' Pepa, Ice Cube and Ludacris. She's also collaborated with nearly everyone -- including Bob Dylan, the Band, Ray Charles, Los Lobos, Dr. John, Jeff Tweedy, Natalie Merchant, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Hozier and more.
What an all-around amazing show -- both Morrison and Staples were magnificent. We can only hope they return to San Diego again sometime soon!