Morrison recently shared three anti-lockdown protest songs, wherein he accused the federal government of being “fascist bullies”. ‘No Extra Lockdown’, ‘Born to Be Free’ and ‘As I Walked Out’ have been written in opposition to the federal government’s coronavirus restrictions.
Now, he and Clapton have introduced ‘Stand and Ship’, a monitor written by Morrison and carried out by Clapton that continues Morrison’s protests in opposition to lockdown. All proceeds from the track will go to Morrison’s Lockdown Monetary Hardship Fund, which helps musicians going through monetary insecurity because of the coronavirus disaster.
‘Stand and Ship’ is about to be launched on December 4. Saying the track, Clapton stated: “It’s deeply upsetting to see how few gigs are going forward due to the lockdown restrictions. There are numerous of us who assist Van and his endeavours to avoid wasting dwell music, he’s an inspiration!
Van Morrison. CREDIT: Mike Marsland/WireImage
“We should arise and be counted as a result of we have to discover a means out of this mess. The choice just isn’t price serious about. Stay music may by no means recuperate.”
Morrison added: “Eric’s recording is incredible and can clearly resonate with the numerous who share our frustrations. It’s heart-breaking to see so many proficient musicians lack any significant assist from the federal government, however we wish to reassure them that we’re working onerous every single day to foyer for the return of dwell music, and to avoid wasting our trade.”
Morrison’s current feedback about lockdown attracted criticism from Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann, saying the nation “anticipated higher from him”.
“Van Morrison goes means past elevating questions,” Swann stated. “He’s singing about ‘fascist bullies’ and claiming governments are deceiving folks and eager to ‘enslave’. It’s really a smear on all these concerned within the public well being response to a virus that has taken lives on an enormous scale.”
Morrison additionally lately criticised the “pseudo-science” of socially distanced gigs. “This isn’t an indication of compliance or acceptance of the present state of affairs,” he stated of his current run of socially distanced gigs. “That is to get my band up and working and out of the doldrums. That is additionally not the reply going ahead. We should be enjoying to full capability audiences going ahead.”