Tag Archives: Van Morrison

This afternoon.

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 2.

Cosplaying patriot Barra de Rossa, claiming to represent the sovereign people of Ireland, celebrates the anniversary of the declaration of Irish Independence on January 21, 1919.

Earlier…

This afternoon.

Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

A group of protestors who identified themselves as “Citizens Marking independence day” gather outside the Mansion House.

Anyone?

Sam Boal/RollingNews

This afternoon.

Earlier…

This morning.

Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile…

Last night

Van Morrison and Eric Clapton

Yesterday.

Following his latest collaboration with Van Morrison on anti-lockdown song Where Have All ther Rebels Gone….

…Eric Clapton, in a message to covid response critic Robin Monotti Graziadei, writes:

‘I am an old timer, I have survived, with great help, addiction and alcoholism, and stand now in the greatest dilemma of my life…

I have inwardly stood against our ‘elected leaders’ since Brexit, intuitively doubting their integrity and character…

With the arrival of C-19 I hoped that C Henegan, S Gupta and Jay B would lead the way, but when Imperial College stepped up with their jailer’s key, I knew we were in deep trouble…

I am a man of faith, albeit abstract, and what I felt and saw unfold in March ‘20 began to lead me away from govt rhetoric and the devotion of the general public to the PM and his cronies…

I looked for heroes in the house [UK Parliament], and found C Walker, Desmond Swayne, and in unfortunate retirement, Lord Sumption

On YouTube I found Hugotalks and Talk Radio… that was all….

Then I was directed to Van M, that’s when I found my voice, and even though I was singing his words, they echoed in my heart…

I recorded “Stand and Deliver” in 2020, and was immediately regaled with contempt and scorn…

In February this year, before I learned about the nature of the vaccines, (and being 76 with emphysema) I was in the avant garde. I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days, I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one…

About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone….

Then I met a member of this group [Covid response critics], who counselled me to be careful and to have a look at what goes on with you guys…

I felt like a veil had been lifted, that I was no longer alone, that it was okay, in fact essential, to hold on to my intuition and follow my heart

I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know…

I’ve recorded another song by Van called “The Rebels” it’s not aggressive or provocative, it just asks;

“Where have all the rebels gone?

Hiding behind their computer screens

Where’s the spirit, where is the soul

Where have all the rebels gone”

I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now, but I also crave fellowship, compassion and love, and that I find here…

I believe with these things we can prevail.’

OK.

Now play ‘Layla’.

Previously: You May Like This

Eric Clapton (right) and Van Morrison have teamed up for anti-Lockdown Single ‘Stand and Deliver’

This afternoon.

Via Variety:

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.”

Music Legends Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Team for Anti-Lockdown Single ‘Stand and Deliver’ (Variety)

Alternatively…

let’s Do It For Each Other – Ste Brown

Noggin’ rapper Ste asks for everyone to follow the rona rules

Thug life didn’t choose him, obviously.

Previously: Into The Medic

This afternoon

An open letter to Northern Ireland Minister of Health Robin Swann from a group of GPs urging a change of course in the North’s Covid strategy.

Previously: ‘Revise Current Policy And Consider An Alternative Strategy Tailored To Our Nation And Its People’

Van Morrison – Born To be Free.

‘The new normal is not normal/ We were born to be free’

Just ‘dropped’.

The first of three promised anti-rona protest songs from Van Morrison.

Nick says: No curfew, No Mask, No Reaper.

Van Morrison

Previously: “Pretending It’s For Our Safety, When It’s Really To Enslave’

From top: Van Morrison; Lyrics to his anti-rona protest song No More Lockdown

This morning.

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.

Over to you, Jedward.

Van Morrison criticises ‘fascist bullies’ in anti-lockdown Covid songs (Guardian)

Previously: Bleeding Fleece

Rollingnews

Meanwhile…

You hum it, we’ll play it.

Update:

Escalating.

Van Morrison

This afternoon.

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…

Blimey.

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.”

Tickets here

Previously: It’s Not Too Late To Stop Now

Great balls of Van ire fire.

June 10, 1993.

Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

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.

Drink may have been taken.

Van Morrison at 75: Oisin Leech of The Lost Brothers reflects (Irish News)

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

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.

We would like to publish a list of names of all those who are supporting the industry. If you would like your name included contact us at webadmin@exileproductions.net

Who’s with Van?

Anyone?/FIGHT!

Save Live Music (Van Morrison)

Van Morrison divides fans with attack on coronavirus gig rules (Belfast Telegraph)

Van pic: BBC