Van Morrison Shares ‘Save Live Music’ Essay, Urging Fellow Artists to ‘Come Forward, Stand Up, Fight the Pseudo-Science and Speak Up’


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Everybody wants life to return to “normal” — or whatever “normal” is allowed once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides enough to allow the resumption of our usual way of life — but Van Morrison is taking a harder stance.

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The legendary Irish singer/songwriter, who’s always been known to do things his own way and speak his mind when he feels compelled to do so, recently shared an essay on his official site. Titled Save Live Music, it’s a passionate plea to his fellow artists and musicians to eschew the “new reality” of socially distanced concert performances and strict regulations in place, and it reads like a reaction to his own upcoming socially distant performances at a few venues in Europe and the U.K.

His message in full, which — fair warning to those unsure what to expect — includes the phrase “pseudo-science”:

As you know, we are doing socially distanced gigs at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Gosforth Park, Electric Ballroom and The London Palladium. This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums. This is also not the answer going forward. We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward.

I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this.

Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and myself appear to be the only people in the music business trying to get it back up and running again. Come forward.

It’s not economically viable to do socially distanced gigs. Come forward now, the future is now.

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As for the upcoming socially-distant Van Morrison gigs with his band, here are the dates:

Sept. 3, 2020 Newcastle Racecourse Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sept. 5, 2020 Electric Ballroom Camden, UK

Sept. 6, 2020 Electric Ballroom Camden, UK

Sept. 23 & 24, 2020 RESCHEDULED – Van Morrison Live at the Palladium (25th March 2020)

The stance issued by Van Morrison stands in stark contrast to that of fellow music icon Stevie Nicks, who has taken to her Instagram page a handful of times urging people to wear masks and stop the spread of the virus, worrying that, “If I get it, I will probably never sing again.”

Comments

  • Harold Sherrick says:

    Bravo to Van Morrison !!!! we can’t live in Fear !!!! Strike up the Band !!!!!

  • martyh says:

    Ole Van doesn’t have an MD degree, yet appears to believe that what all the worldwide health care professionals, epidemiologists, et al are saying is “pseudoscience”? I suspect that, at his age, were he to contract that hoax of a Covid-19, he most likely wouldn’t fare very well. I’m a huge Van the Man fan, but he should keep his distance from others, and only take that mask off to sing!

  • David Nelson says:

    Van is flat out wrong. Paying to die, or to transmit COVID to someone else is just plain stupid. It’s not about fear. It’s about being smart.

  • Brian says:

    With you 100% on this. Not only is he a miserable person but also selfishly ignorant.

  • David Banno says:

    Hope you suckers are prepared to mask up for the rest of your lives. Enjoy!

  • Rick Woodward says:

    What does Van think happened to the now almost 180,000 dead men, women and children to Covid 19 in the U.S. or the almost 1,000,000 who have died world wide? Give your head a shake Van. I can empathize with the starving musicians, but trust me they aren’t the only ones suffering through this catastrophic health and economic emergency.

  • Pan says:

    Van, mate, yer away wi’ the fairies.
    Having dabbled in $cientology, you are in a privileged position to talk about pseudo-science. Sweet baby Xenu in a manger full of Kool-Aid, such a sweet voice and you mouthing such dangerous inanities.
    Sad and profoundly disappointing.

  • DENIEL EDWARDS says:

    MUSICIANS AND ENTERTAINERS ARE NOT DOCTORS AND SCIENTIST AND KNOW NOTHING ABOUT COVID 19, WE SHOULD RESPECT OURSELVES AND OTHERS BY WEARING A MASK AND DOING OTHER THINGS TO STOP THE SPREADING OF THIS DEADLY VIRUS. VAN SHOULD SHUT UP UNLESS HE’S SINGING, CHEERS. DENIEL EDWARDS,8-25-20


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