Who, of your musical heroes, has become the biggest knob in old(er) age?
Mine is Van Morrison. Astral Weeks is an album that I have utterly adored since first play. It’s been with me for about 2/3rds of my life, and it still takes me away from this world whenever I play it.
But now, he’s gone full potato conspiracy theorist. Some of the more bizarre lyrics from his last album:
Ok, I started to suspect he wasn’t growing old gracefully in the early 90s, when I saw him live at Glastonbury. He played every song in the same key and at the same tempo, as far as I could tell, and it was the dullest live set I’ve ever heard.
But now he’s gone fucking bonkers.
Here’s a depressingly long article about his steady descent. I do have some sympathy with how he got treated by the record companies, but it’s no real excuse.