April 26, 2021 | 1:15pm ET
Van Morrison has been an outspoken critic of the UK COVID-19 lockdowns, going so far as releasing an anti-lockdown track sequence. In an interview with The Sunday Occasions, the Irish musician claimed the destructive response to his track sequence is the product of freedom of speech now not being “within the framework.”
Seeming to confuse freedom of speech with freedom from criticism, Van Morrison remarked,
“A number of individuals received a petition collectively to finish the lockdown, however no person pays consideration to petitions, do they? If I can write about it, I do. Poetic licence, freedom of speech . . . these was OK. Why not now? I don’t perceive it. Some individuals name it a cult. It is sort of a faith. Whether or not anybody agrees with me or not is irrelevant. Simply as there needs to be freedom of the press, there needs to be freedom of speech, and on the minute it seems like that’s not within the framework. In the event you do songs which are an expression of freedom of speech you get a really destructive response.”
Morrison additionally praised fellow UK traditional rocker Eric Clapton for being “the one different one who has any traction or motivation to talk out about what’s happening, to get on the market and query issues.” Clapton joined Van Morrison for one in all his anti-lockdown protest songs, “Stand and Ship”, in late December 2020.
Earlier than the interview was over, Van Morrison supplied his two cents on when dwell music may return. His reply was unsurprising: “Klaus [Schwab, the executive chairman of the World Economic Forum] is operating the entire thing. Your guess is nearly as good as mine as a result of freedom is just not a given anymore,” he claimed. “It’s a must to combat for it. That’s the place the blues are available in.”
Again in August 2020, Van Morrison made his views on the COVID-19 pandemic recognized by referring to socially distanced concert events as “pseudo-science”. He then launched a sequence of anti-lockdown songs, together with “Born to Be Free”, “As I Walked Out”, “No Extra Lockdown” and the aforementioned “Stand and Ship”. His sitdown with The Time was in promotion of Newest Document Mission: Quantity 1, his upcoming double album that features track titles like “They Personal the Media”, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”, and “Tried to Do the Proper Factor”.
It’s price noting that though COVID-19 circumstances are presently down within the UK, the prime minister himself has expressed concern a couple of third wave that would “wash up on our shores” from the remainder of Europe.