November 27, 2020

FIGHT THE POWER: Eric Clapton joins Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown campaign with new song, ‘Stand and Deliver.’

Music legend Eric Clapton is joining Van Morrison’s efforts to reopen the live music industry amid the coronavirus pandemic by releasing a new anti-lockdown song called, “Stand and Deliver.”

The song, which was written by Mr. Morrison and performed by Mr. Clapton, will debut Dec. 4 and the proceeds will go toward Mr. Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which supports U.K. musicians who are facing financial hardship because of widespread government restrictions on live music, Variety reported. . . .

“I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already,” Mr. Morrison said at the time. “It’s about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.”

The lockdown backlash will be big, and will cross ordinary political divides. Politicians are insufficiently concerned.

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