Published Nov 27, 2020Chief among the reasons society needs a COVID-19 vaccine is so that Van Morrison can stop releasing anti-lockdown songs — the next of which will feature Eric Clapton.
Next week, Morrison and Clapton will get together on a track dubbed "Stand and Deliver," out December 4.
Proceeds from the track — which follows previously shared herd immunity anthems "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdown" — will go to Morrison's Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund to support musicians affected by the pandemic.
"There are many of us who support Van and his endeavours to save live music; he is an inspiration," Clapton said in a statement. "We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover."
Added Morrison, "Eric's recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations. It is heart-breaking to see so many talented musicians lack any meaningful support from the government, but we want to reassure them that we are working hard every day to lobby for the return of live music, and to save our industry."
Those sentiments would be easier to believe had Morrison not deemed public health measures "pseudo-science" ahead of sharing these songs. For Clapton's part, he may or may not be aware that COVID-19 has been shown to disproportionately affect those he once railed against in racist fashion.
Back in early March, Morrison and Clapton came together to perform for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.