I recently saw Van in concert on HDTV. He has a great band put together, big band with a few acoustic players, some multi-instrument people I think too, really great chill vibe. I was pretty blown away. I didn't see a lot of it, I caught it flipping channels, but what I did see was pretty awesome, actually outstanding. Van's voice is still amazing. I think if I were you I would definitely go see him.
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