On Friday, Eric Clapton announced that he and Van Morrison, a fellow music legend, will be releasing a new anti-lockdown single in early December.
Clapton’s announcement didn’t sit well with the believers of stringent lockdowns in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. As a usual response, the cancel culture quickly spread in discrediting the singer’s work by reminding the people of his racially insensitive remark about 40 years ago.
Morrison, an Irish rocker and songwriter, began releasing anti-lockdown protest songs, which earned him serious backlash, including his government.
The first three songs – “As I Walked Out,” “Born To Be Free,” and “No More Lockdown” grilled the COVID-19 restrictions mandated by the UK government. He said that the lockdowns were used to “enslave” the people. Morrison protested that the people were not allowed to “have the right to think for themselves.”
In response, the health minister of North Ireland called the rocker’s songs “dangerous.”
Unaffected, Morrison records a collaboration with Clapton for the fourth song in the series.
According to Variety, the new song entitled “Stand and Deliver” would be released on December 4.
Proceeds from the new single would be donated to Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which Morrison set-up to benefit the musicians affected by the successive lockdowns.
Clapton said that the lack of live events is “deeply upsetting” due to government-imposed restrictions. The rocker shared his alignment and appreciation of Morrison in a Friday statement.
“There are many of us who support Van and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration,” said Clapton.
“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,” the rocker continued.
Morrison appealed he and fellow musicians would not stop pressing the government to live music events.
“Eric’s recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations,” Morrison said. He adds that it is truly heart-breaking to see several talented musicians lack any meaningful government support. He then reassures them to work hard every day to lobbying to return live music and save the music industry.
Clapton’s daring stand against the government-instituted mandates caused him an easy target of the cancel culture.
The woke crowd dug up a 44-year-old racist remark of the artist, which he has recanted and repeatedly apologized.
The woke mob posted a 1976 Birmingham concert comment on the rocker. Clapton then said that he wanted to “stop Britain from becoming a black colony” and “keep Britain white.”
The Daily Beast reported that Clapton encouraged the crowd to support a known racist Tory member of Parliament, Enoch Powell, and send the foreigners packing.
The rocker has long regretted his statements and repeatedly claimed he was “ashamed” of how he acted during the concert.
“I sabotaged everything I got involved with,” said the artist said.
“I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn’t make sense,” he continued, adding that half of his friends were black, even dated a black woman, and championed black music.