Eric Clapton, Van Morrison slammed for COVID anti-lockout song

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Music legends Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have faced criticism on Twitter for joining forces to record a new song that criticizes COVID-19 lockdowns.

Morrison, 75, revealed on Friday that he has collaborated with the legendary guitarist, also 75, for the new track called “Stand and Deliver” due out on December 4.

Clapton – who is the only person to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times – recorded the song but it was written by Morrison.

Morrison has been very critical of lockdowns imposed across the world in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Music legends Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have faced criticism on Twitter for joining forces to record a new song that criticizes COVID-19 lockdowns. The pair, both 75, are pictured above performing in London in March ahead of coronavirus restrictions enforced

He has already released three other songs as part of his anti-lockdown crusade which, in particular, protests against measures being taken by the UK government.

The lyrics to his song “No More Lockdown” include: “Imperial College Scientists Make Up Dirty Facts” and “No More Excessive Government Measures, No More Fascist Bullies Disrupting Our Peace.”

Proceeds from all of his songs go to Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which aims to help musicians struggling through the crisis.

It has also launched a Save Live Music campaign.

“Many of us support Van and his efforts to save live music; he’s an inspiration, ”Clapton told Variety after announcing their collaboration.

“We have to stand up and be counted because we have to find a way out of this mess. The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover.

Morrison, 75, revealed on Friday that he collaborated with the legendary guitarist, also 75, for the new track called `` Stand and Deliver '' due out on December 4.

Morrison, 75, revealed on Friday that he has collaborated with the legendary guitarist, also 75, for the new track called “Stand and Deliver” due out on December 4.

Morrison has been very critical of lockdowns imposed across the world in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus

Morrison has been very critical of lockdowns imposed across the world in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus

Clapton - who is the only person to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times - recorded the song but it was written by Morrison.  The pair are pictured in London in 2009

Clapton – who is the only person to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times – recorded the song but it was written by Morrison. The pair are pictured in London in 2009

He added that the absence of live music amid the lockdowns was “deeply upsetting”.

“Eric’s recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations,” said Morrison.

“It is heartbreaking to see so many talented musicians lacking meaningful support from the government, but we want to reassure them that we are working hard every day to push for the return of live music and to save our industry. “

Morrison once argued that people should have the right to think for themselves.

News of the song, which isn’t due out for a week, has sparked a barrage of criticism on Twitter against the couple.

Referring to Clapton’s comment that live music can never recover, one Twitter user wrote: “Real people literally never recover from the plague. No one wants to die for your music.

Another tweeted: “For one thing, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison are former rock stars. On the other hand, they are now 75-year-old whites.

“Eric Clapton was and still is a British nationalist trash,” one person wrote as another tweeted: “And now they are dead to me”.

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