Van Morrison calls on musicians to reject COVID-19 ‘pseudo-science,’ ‘save live music’

Irish singer Van Morrison is urging fellow musicians to reject the “pseudo-science” around the new coronavirus and fight for live music as it once was.

In a post on his website, the “Brown Eyed Girl” singer said it’s not “economically viable” to do socially distanced gigs and that venues should be able to operate at full capacity despite the ongoing pandemic.

“I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this,” he wrote. “Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up.”

Mr. Morrison said he would be playing “socially distanced gigs” in England but that his participation was not an endorsement of current health orders.

“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,” he wrote. “This is also not the answer going forward. We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward.”

“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,” he pleaded.

Mr. Webber, the English composer, made headlines earlier this month after he announced he had volunteered for a coronavirus vaccine trial in an effort to get theaters reopened.

“I am excited that tomorrow I am going to be vaccinated for the Oxford Covid 19 trial,” he tweeted Aug. 12. “I’ll do anything to prove that theatres can re-open safely.”

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