Van Morrison, tired of disruptions related to the intake and outflow of beer during concerts, began to stipulate last year that venues restrict the sale of brews and other alcohol during his performances. The ban has not set well with fans or promoters, who derive a lot of revenue from suds and such. The president of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion told the Houston Chronicle that the venue was unaware of the restriction when Morrison was booked to play the venue Saturday (5/15). Jerry McDonald said that negotiations for approval to sell alcoholic beverages on a limited scale and restrict consumption to an area away from the stage continued up until the last minute but, in McDonald's words, '...he wouldn't budge, and it was a deal breaker. If we insisted on selling beer, there wouldn't have been a show.'