As coronavirus cases continue to spike across the world, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have released a song slamming lockdown measures that aim to curb spread of the virus.
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“Stand and Deliver” is an original track written by the veteran rockers and comes as the latest in Morrison’s line of anti-lockdown songs. “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?” Clapton sings.
All proceeds from the song go towards Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which aids musicians facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
“It is deeply upsetting to see how few gigs are going ahead because of the lockdown restrictions” Clapton said in a statement announcing the song. “There are many of us who support Van and his endeavours to save live music, he is an inspiration!”
Clapton added: “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.”
Back in July, the U.K. music industry received a much needed boost as the government announced a £1.57 billion ($1.96 billion USD) stimulus package that was geared towards those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement at the time.
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