Eric Clapton and Van Morrison to release anti-lockdown single

Musicians Eric Clapton and Van Morrison are set to combine forces on an anti-lockdown track entitled Stand and Deliver.

Van Morrison previously announced in September that he planned to release a series of songs protesting COVID-19 lockdowns, with lyrics that likened lockdown measures to enslavement and accusing scientists of making up crooked facts.

Morrison had, prior to this announcement, derided pandemic-curbing measures and claimed that the evidence surrounding COVID-19 was pseudoscience.

Now, Morrison has recruited musician Eric Clapton to sing a track he penned, Stand and Deliver, as Variety reports.

Proceeds from Stand and Deliver will go towards Morrisons Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, an emergency fund established this year to for musicians who are facing financial hardship as a direct result of the government restrictions on live music introduced in March 2020.

The fund offers one-time grants of 500 to successful applicants. Proceeds from Morrisons other anti-lockdown songs Born To Be Free, As I Walked Out and No More Lockdown will also go towards the fund.

There are many of us who support Van and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration, Eric Clapton said.

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.

Commenting on Claptons participation, Morrison said: Erics recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations.

It is heartbreaking to see so many talented musicians lack any meaningful support from the government, but we want to reassure them that we are working hard every day to lobby for the return of live music, and to save our industry.

Stand and Deliver will be available for download and streaming from iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer and all other outlets from 4 December.