Van Morrison finds it difficult to identify with the contemporary music business because of the importance placed on commerce over live performance.

The 60-year-old singer is nostalgic of the days he started out in the 1960s and wishes playing live would take priority over making albums again.

He says, "Everything is about commercialism these days, not music.

"When I started out, commercialism was about making a living. You only put out records because you thought you might get more gigs that way, it might raise your profile.

"You weren't putting out a record because you were making some statement."