Eric Clapton (right) and Van Morrison have teamed up for anti-Lockdown Single ‘Stand and Deliver’
Music legends Van Morrison and Eric Clapton have announced a new single, “Stand and Deliver,” in support of Morrison’s Save Live Music campaign. The blues track was written by Morrison and is performed by Clapton
Proceeds from “Stand and Deliver” will go to the Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which helps musicians facing difficulties as a result of the coronavirus and resulting lockdown measures
Clapton — the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — called the dearth of live events due to lockdown restrictions “deeply upsetting.”
“To deprive our population of livelihood, civil liberties and education, we believe that the evidence to support this should be scientifically robust and beyond reproach. That is clearly not the case.” https://t.co/fQet8jg5e9
From top: Van Morrison; Lyrics to his anti-rona protest song No More Lockdown
Via The Guardian:
Van Morrison has described the British government as “fascist bullies disturbing our peace” in one of three new tracks he has written to protest against safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19….No More Lockdown also condemns “celebrities telling us what we’re supposed to feel”…Morrison said the songs would be released every two weeks, starting with Born to Be Free on 25 September.
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Wear a Mask ft Noel Gallagher
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Transphobic ft JK Rowling
Masked Brown Eyed Girl ft Van Morrison
Covid-critic Van Morrison has confirmed a series of reluctantly socially-distanced shows at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on October 29, 30 and 31.
Bernice Burnside writes:
Tickets will be sold in pairs or by tables of eight and the maximum number at each show will be 184 as part of measures to adhere to social distancing legislation in Northern Ireland.
The performance will be preceded by a drinks reception and two-course supper showcasing the best of Northern Ireland produce.
Ticket prices for the first two rows are available at £250 per person, or £2,000 for a table of eight, and all other tickets are £150 per person or £1,200 per table of eight…
Announcing a series of similar gigs in the UK last week, the singer said: “This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums.”
He called on fellow artists to “Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up.”
A casual, if menacing, Van Morrison (left), who celebrates his 75th birthday today, with ‘The Killer’, Jerry Lee Lewis during an improbable impromptu session at Bad Bob’s, which also included Ron Wood, of The Rolling Stones.
Van Morrison will play three socially distanced concerts in England this Autumn but said he needs full capacity audiences “going forward”.
Van Morrison writes:
As you know, we are doing socially distanced gigs at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Gosforth Park, Electric Ballroom and The London Palladium.
This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums. This is also not the answer going forward. We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward.
I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this.
Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and myself appear to be the only people in the music business trying to get it back up and running again. Come forward.
It’s not economically viable to do socially distanced gigs. Come forward now, the future is now.
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