Van Morrison Releases 3rd Lockdown Protest Song: Listen

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Van Morrison has released the third of three new songs that’s he’s recorded to protest the “ongoing U.K. lockdown restrictions.” “No More Lockdown” arrived October 23, following the release of “As I Walked Out” on October 9, and “Born To Be Free,” which he released on September 25. Morrison says he will donate the profits from the songs to charity to support musicians impacted by the ongoing lockdown. Listen to all three of them below.

The singer-songwriter resumed touring on September 3 with the first of several socially distanced concerts for 2020.

Profits from the songs will be steered to the Van Morrison Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which aids musicians.

“No more taking our freedom, and our God-given rights,” Morrison sings on “No More Lockdown.”

“As I walked out,” Morrison sings on “As I Walked Out,” “all the streets were empty. The government said, ‘Everyone should stay home.’ And they spread fearing and loathing, and no hope for the future. Not many did question this very strange move.”

Listen to “As I Walked Out”

On “Born To Be Free,” Morrison sings, “Don’t need the government cramping my style. Give them an inch they take a mile.”

Morrison performed the first of several socially distanced concerts for 2020 on Sept. 3 in Newcastle, U.K., and then two more in the London borough of Camden, on Sept. 5-6. The dates followed his Aug. 25 statement in which he railed upon the “pseudo-science” associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

He’s since added several more for this autumn, some of which are billed as “Save Life Performance” concerts. Many of the other upcoming concerts were postponed from earlier this year; all have limited capacity.

[Eric Clapton offered his support, writing, “There are many of us who support Van and his endeavours to save live music, he is an inspiration! We must stand up and be counted.”]

Fan videos from his Sept. 3 performance at Virgin Money Unity Arena showed that the audience was, indeed, socially distanced as they saw the classic rock legend perform such favorites as “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Jackie Wilson Said,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Gloria.”

Audience members at Morrison’s Sept. 3 concert at Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle, U.K.

On Aug. 25, Morrison wrote, “We are doing socially distanced gigs. 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.

“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.”

Watch Morrison and his band (from afar) perform “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Gloria” on Sept. 3. (Attendee Damian Robinson pans the audience on several occasions.)

To date, Morrison has released 40 albums. His newest, Three Chords and the Truth, was released on Exile/Caroline International in Oct. 2019. (Before that came 2018’s The Prophet Speaks, where he returned to his blues roots.) Morrison’s biggest hits include “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Have I Told You Lately,” “Moondance” and “Into the Mystic.” In 2018, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of his Astral Weeks album in 1968.

Morrison turned 75 on August 31.

Watch him perform “Moondance” in 2019

Van Morrison 2020-2021 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Nov 07 – London, UK – Powerhaus
Nov 08 – London, UK – Powerhaus
Nov 17 – London, UK – London Palladium
Nov 18 – London, UK – London Palladium
Nov 20 – London, UK – London Palladium
Nov 21 – London, UK – London Palladium
Dec 03 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
Dec 04 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
Dec 05 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
Dec 06 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel

2021
Apr 30 – Derry Jazz Festival
May 01 – Derry Jazz Festival
May 09 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
May 10 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
May 11 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
Jul 06 – Kew Gardens, UK – Kew the Music
Jul 09 – Oxfordshire, UK – Cornbury Festival
Jul 10 – Baarn, Holland – Royal Park Live
Jul 11 – Ghent, Belgium – Ghent Jazz Festival
Jul 15 – Schlossplatz – Jazzopen Stuttgart
Aug 03 – Glasgow, UK – Summer Nights
Aug 07 – Hampshire, UK – Wickham Festival

Watch Van Morrison perform “St. Dominic’s Preview” in 2019

Related: The glory of “Gloria,” Morrison’s most resilient rock anthem

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  1. Phil
    #1 Phil 6 September, 2020, 00:17

    ‘Pseudo-science’. Yikes.

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    • andypep
      andypep 13 September, 2020, 10:55

      Man Up! 2 people a day die of Covid and they are over 80 or seriously ill. 70 people die in car accidents.
      living is a risk the Flu is 24 times as deadly as Covid to normal healthy people.

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      • Jeff Tamarkin
        Jeff Tamarkin 13 September, 2020, 10:58

        What country are you referring to? That data may be true in Ireland but in the US, there are more than 1,000 Covid deaths each DAY.

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      • Gagdad Bob
        Gagdad Bob 15 September, 2020, 16:34

        If Van wants unlimited crowds, he should just rename his tour a Protest for Musical Justice.

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      • JP
        JP 23 September, 2020, 11:11

        Andy,
        Science ignored is ignorance abound.

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  2. Jarmo Keranen
    #2 Jarmo Keranen 25 September, 2020, 11:34

    I was born to be free, until virus got me!

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  3. Rock and Roll raised
    #3 Rock and Roll raised 25 September, 2020, 16:57

    Jeff, that statement of 1000 per day is false. The CDC has been classifying deaths from everything as “Covid” deaths even when the person was severely compromised by pre-existing illnesses like cancers and other comorbidities. If you were in hospice with a stage 4 cancer and after death tested positive with Covid it was classified as a Covid death. Thats not accurate and inflates the figures and keeps the fear going. In late August the CDC website indicated there were approximately 6000 deaths of “Covid only” in the US. Please do some deeper research on other sites other than CNN. When I was a kid growing up on 60’s rock and roll the young people were suspicious of government power, against war and over reaching restrictions on liberty. Now, as older adults we just lap up whatever government and big media throw at us with no discernment. Love your website but please do some real research if you’re going to speak on this. Where do you think John Lennon would fall on this? Believe big government and big pharma?

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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin 29 September, 2020, 11:47

      Your “6,000 Covid only” logic is so flawed I wouldn’t even know where to begin. It’s like saying that someone lost their life in a terrible car accident but the real cause of death was the cold that he had.

      And by the way, I almost never look at CNN, online or on TV.

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  4. Gagdad Bob
    #4 Gagdad Bob 25 September, 2020, 21:07

    Like Van, I’m old enough to remember when rock was about freedom, individuality, and rebellion, rather than obedience, conformity, and vilifying those with whom we disagree. According to the science, it is nearly impossible to die of COVID if you’re under 70 and in good health. I’ll be the first to criticize him if he forces people to attend his shows in NY convalescent homes.

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