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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Birds of a feather

A friend of mine was Van Morrison's manager once. Well, for about a half hour anyway, right until he jumped out of a taxicab and told Van to go fuck himself. I won't go into the sordid details but the story of what went down was unreal. Van has a reputation for being a real dick. I know, he has written some beautiful music, but he doesn't treat people very well in real life according to some people I know that know him personally.

The Health Minister of Northern Ireland sued Morrison last year for defamation after a year of Van spreading anti-vax conspiracy garbage. Robin Swann wrote an op-ed for Rolling Stone addressing Morrison’s public comments and the spread of misinformation as it relates to the pandemic.

“His words will give great comfort to the conspiracy theorists,” he wrote. “The tinfoil hat brigade who crusade against masks and vaccines and think this is all a huge global plot to remove freedoms.”

Not content to spread that covid is a hoax crap, Morrison apparently started with the blame the jews canard, like we all haven't heard that one before. His latest release, “Latest Record Project, Volume 1,” released by Exile Productions and BMG last May, includes a song titled, “They Own The Media.” He sings, “they control everything you do,” and it's not too hard to figure out who they are.

Van is not alone here. Last year he teamed up with fellow anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist Eric Clapton on a pouty song called The Rebels.

“Where have all the rebels gone?/Hiding behind computer screens,” Clapton sings. “Where’s the spirit? Where’s the soul?/Where have all the rebels gone?”

Well about 15 million of them are dead by the latest count, Eric. By that disease that you cried about because the vaccine made your poor hand hurt. The vaccine which saved countless lives of people who contracted covid and allowed them to survive.

In any case, the man and his crony have clearly lost their touch. Here are a few lyrics for their song, Stand and deliver:

Stand and deliver - you let them put the fear in you - stand and deliver, but not a word you heard was true. You wanna be a free man or a slave? Yadda yadda Dick Turpin wasn't wearing a mask. 

And you can see the lyrics for this right wing denier anthem if you want to, This has got to stop. What absolute bilge. Me, me, me, me, me.

Anyway far be it for me to jump on a man when he is down but I took definite notice that a few shows on Clapton's current tour have just been canceled because that infernal hoax has given the aging bluesman himself covid. This is the guy who would not play at places that had mask or vaccine requirements, remember? The man that said the push for vaccines was "mass formation hypnosis." Who is hypnotized now? Sweet poetry.

Eric Clapton, a critic of coronavirus vaccines and pandemic restrictions, has tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled two upcoming European gigs.

Clapton's upcoming shows in Zurich on Tuesday and Milan on Wednesday will be rescheduled, he announced on his Facebook page and official online site. The 77-year-old rocker tested positive following his concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on May 8.

"Eric is also anxious to avoid passing on any infection to any of his band, crew, promoters, their staff and of course, the fans," the statement reads. He hopes to be able to resume the tour starting with two concerts in Bologna on May 20.

"It is very frustrating that having avoided COVID throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place Eric should have succumbed to COVID at this point in time," the statement reads.

Selfish, petulant, entitled, racist, rock star, baby. I have no respect for him whatsoever nor any respect for those that play music with him on this tour. He can do private concerts for Elon Musk and Donald Trump for all I care. Sort of fitting karma for old slowhand. I don't think you should take your advice about life decisions from either rock and rollers or golfers. Bloggers are alright.


Anonymous said...

This well informed blogger, anyway.

Richard Pettler said...

Golfers? Reminds me of the Lewis Black riff parroting Glenn Beck's logic. "Hitler has a mustache. Mother Teresa has a mustache. Mother Teresa is Hitler!"

Golf is a wonderful game predicated on sportsmanship, fidelity to the rules and the personal honesty and integrity of the player. When it comes to golf, Trump is cheater who can't bear to lose, has no respect for the rules and is both dishonest and devoid of personal integrity. Sound familiar? To my mind, that makes him a pariah, not a golfer.

Blue Heron said...

Thanks for the comment Richard. My point was not to denigrate the average hacker. If you followed the link you will see that there are approximately two democrats on the PGA tour, or were at the time the article was written. I was merely trying to clumsily note that capitalists can turn their head and manage to overlook a lot of tsoris when it looks like there is a fat payday waiting underneath the flagstick.