By Louise Uznanski for Ontapblog.
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Before Bally’s, and before his current residency at Paris Las Vegas, Taylor Hicks toured the country for long stretches of time in a Prevost bus. One of those May 2011 road shows stands out for me. Taylor covered a song by Irish singer-songwriter and musician Van Morrison, and at the end of the performance had a story to tell. He recalled a scheduled appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and why his performance was canceled. Watch to the end of the video below to hear Taylor share the story of being ‘bumped’ for his idol, Van Morrison.
As a fan who was fortunate enough to have tickets for Regis and Kelly that day, I will long remember the look on Taylor’s face as he watched his ultimate idol sing “Brown Eyed Girl”. Taylor’s performance of “What’s Right Is Right” was then taped; Van Morrison and band watched from the wings. How lucky was I to see both of these events, a television show and concert connected by Taylor Hicks’ passion for the blues and the music of Van Morrison? The Glens Falls, New York show took place two years ago this month. Taylor performed the following acoustic rendition of Van Morrison’s “Rough God Goes Riding”. It remains a favorite.