(National File) Legendary rock-and-roll guitarist and vocalist Eric Clapton is collaborating with Van Morrison on a song called “Stand and Deliver” that is critical of United Kingdom’s laughably stringent COVID lockdowns and their effects on live music.
Predictably, liberals on Twitter are seething uncontrollably over the news.
Clapton, the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, told Variety magazine that he chose to collaborate with Morrison on the song after finding the effect of lockdowns on musicians “deeply upsetting.”
“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,” Clapton stated.
Morrison, who founded the Save Live Music campaign, said “Eric’s recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations,” adding, “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.”
Of course Eric Clapton wrote an anti-lockdown song. He’s a white supremacist.— Alan Zilberman (@alanzilberman) November 27, 2020
On the one hand, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison are former rock stars.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 27, 2020
On the other hand, they're now 75-year-old white guys. https://t.co/n8HmsSx8av
Van Morrison previously announced the release of three anti-lockdown songs in September, after calling the U.K.’s COVID policies “fascist”:
Van Morrison, the Northern Irish singer behind such hits as “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Gloria,” is set to release the three coronavirus-themed songs over the next couple of weeks, called “No More Lockdown,” “As I Walked Out,” and “Born to Be Free.”
“No More Lockdown” has the strongest messaging of the three. Morrison sings:
No more lockdown / No more government overreach / No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace … No more taking of our freedom / And our God-given rights / Pretending it’s for our safety / When it’s really to enslave…
“Stand and Deliver” will be released on December 4, and proceeds will benefit Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund for musicians struggling during lockdown.