Eric Clapton? Great blues guitarist? Not too bright otherwise.
Clapton has joined Van Morrison, another Mensa member, in his protest of the British lockdown to stop COVID from rising.
Apparently 260,000 victims in the US and 57,000 in the UK are not enough tears in heaven for Clapton. So on December 4th he and Morrison will release a single called “Stand and Deliver.” They’re mad because musicians can’t do live shows in the UK. They want everyone to return to halls, theaters, and bars to heave live music and maybe get the coronavirus.
The money raised from this single, Morrison says, will go to his fund to help musicians. That’s nice, but Van could just write a check to his own band, or to MusiCares and start a fund, or VH-1’s Save the Music or many other existing groups. Clapton could do the same thing.
It’s too bad these very revered musicians have turned out to be so stupid. It’s certainly a disappointment. But we have to just ignore them.
The quotes in their press release are hilarious.
Clapton: “There are many of us who support Van and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration. 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.”
Live music, over live people. Clapton would do better to stay in the White Room.
Van: “Eric’s recording is fantastic and will clearly resonate with the many who share our frustrations,” said Morrison. “It is heart-breaking 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.”
These morons really think ‘live music’ has been taken away as some kind of punishment. Cry me a river. Maybe they should call Jackson Browne and all the musicians who got COVID last March after performing at the Beacon Theater. And while they’re at it, they can ask John Prine’s family how they feel.