Who doesn’t miss live music? It’s one of the greatest pleasures in life. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, live music has been shut down. The loss for music fans is a big one, but it’s devastating for the people who depend on their job in the music industry. Two great musicians have stepped up to help by raising money for the out-of-work music industry employees. Morrison also believes people should have freedom of choice when it comes to attending live concerts.
Music legend Eric Clapton has joined the great Van Morrison‘s efforts to reopen the live music industry during the coronavirus pandemic. The two are releasing a new anti-lockdown song called “Stand and Deliver.”
Van Morrison wrote the song that will be performed by Clapton. It will be released on December 4th.
The proceeds from the song will go toward Van Morrison‘s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund (see below).
The fund supports U.K. musicians who are facing financial hardship because of widespread government restrictions on live music.
Eric Clapton spoke with Variety about the effort:
“There are many of us who support Van and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration. 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.”
💥STAND AND DELIVER💥 BRAND NEW TRACK written by Van Morrison and performed by @EricClapton
Download the exclusive track on DECEMBER 4th to #SaveLiveMusic
— Van Morrison (@vanmorrison) November 27, 2020
Van Morrison on the freedom to choose: “I’m not telling people what to do or think; the government is doing a great job of that already. It’s about freedom of choice; I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.”
Open up the venues and bring back live music! We’re 100% with Van Morrison and Eric Clapton! Please follow these two great artists on Twitter.