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The Man Plays it Humble...
singer Van Morrison is to play for regulars
at The Crown pub in England this summer for
The country pub in deepest Wiltshire has landed a
major coup by signing up the Irish legend for a one-off
has taken landlords Gary and Sarah Jane
Marlow more than two years to persuade the notoriously
demanding singer to come to their humble inn.
Van Morrison's busy summer schedule now lists concerts
in Munich, a gig in Lucerne, Switzerland and The Crown,
is not a cheap option, the gig held at the pub on
Salisbury Plain will leave the couple with a bill
of 37,000 for the hour and a half performance.
music fan Mr Marlow, 43, thinks it is worth the gamble.
"It's taken two years to get him. He is very
pedantic and very choosy, but it will be worth it.
It is a bit bizarre, having him at this pub in Wiltshire,
but it's very, very cool and will be a very personal
night. It's a wonderful old building and a beautiful
setting with nothing blocking the view for six miles.
Where would you rather be in this fabulous old building
where the stage is set for a great night or just in
A stage is being built at the back of the pub for
the outdoor concert which is supported by guest singer
Chris Farlowe. Mr Marlow said he has already
had a list of demands from the singer and his eight-piece
band, three pages in total, the contents of which
he cannot contractually disclose.
the size of "Van the Man's" dressing-room
takes some beating. "He's pretty much got the
pub and the whole of the restaurant," said Mr
Marlow. "But there's going to be a lot of people
coming and going and he can't really be interrupted
when he's eating his steak before can he?"
It is not the first time the pub has urged reclusive
musicians out of their shells to perform at their
16th century pub. Last year they convinced former
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green
to do a turn. It cost them 18,000 and did not make
pub has a capacity of 1,500 in its grounds and they
have sold 600 for the Van Morrison gig so far but
need another 400 sales to break even.
Marlow said the foot-and-mouth crisis hit businesses
like theirs hard last year. "We're just a country
pub, people have to drive here just to get a pint.
We can't just sit around, we have to do something
a bit special to get people to notice us. But if it
works, who knows? The sky's the limit. Robbie Williams
Tickets and information on the gig on August 3 are
available on 01264 852664.