Van Morrison to Donate Profits of New Lockdown Songs to Charity

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Van Morrison has announced that he will donate the profits from his new lockdown protest songs to charity. The singer-songwriter resumed touring on September 3 with the first of several socially distanced concerts for 2020 on September 3. He’s since given several others and begins a London engagement tonight (Sept. 23) where he’s expected to premiere the new songs. On Sept. 18, he announced that he is releasing three new recordings in response to the ongoing U.K. government lockdown restrictions, which are similar to what’s taking place throughout the world. The first of the new songs, “Born To Be Free,” arrives on Sept. 25. (It will be followed by “As I Walked Out” on Oct. 9 and “No More Lockdown” on Oct. 23.)

On Sept. 23, he announced that he will donate the profits from the songs to the Van Morrison Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which aids musicians.

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.

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 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here.)

Sep 23 – London, UK – London Palladium
Sep 24 – London, UK – London Palladium
Oct 22 – Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center
Oct 29 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
Oct 30 – Belfast, UK – Europa Hotel
Oct 31 – Belfast, UK – Europe Hotel
Nov 01 – Belfast, UK – Europe Hotel
Nov 17 – London, UK – London Palladium
Nov 18 – London, UK – London Palladium
Nov 20 – London, UK – London Palladium
Nov 21 – London, UK – London Palladium

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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