Van Morrison Urges Artists To Revolt Against Restrictions -
Van Morrison photo by Ros O'Gorman

Van Morrison photo by Ros O'Gorman

Van Morrison Urges Artists To Revolt Against Restrictions

by on August 26, 2020

in News

Van Morrison has called on fellow musicians and industry folk to “speak up” to get full-capacity gigs back up and running again.

Morrison is playing reduced capacity shows at Camden’s Electric Ballroom and The London Palladium in September, as well as The Virgin Money Unity Arena – the UK’s first socially-distanced music venue at Newcastle Racecourse – this month.

But the 74-year-old music legend has bemoaned the lack of effort from his fellow musicians and promoters in working to get normal shows back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Morrison wrote on his website: “As you know, we are doing socially distanced gigs at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Gosforth Park, Electric Ballroom and The London Palladium. 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. We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward.

“I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this.”

Morrison insisted it only appears to be musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and himself who are pushing for full-capacity concerts to resume, while he insisted it’s not “economically viable to do socially distanced gigs”.

He added: “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. It’s not economically viable to do socially distanced gigs. Come forward now, the future is now.”
Sam Fender played the first gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena, and despite being sceptical at first, he admitted it was a “fantastic” experience.

The 26-year-old singer/songwriter played two homecoming shows at the outdoor venue in north east England, where audiences had their own viewing platforms which held five people and were spaced two metres apart, and he was pleased to “have [his] job back”.

He said: “I was like, ‘Of course I’ll do it. I don’t care what capacity we will do this in, in what format. I want to be on a stage with my band playing to some people.’

“Because I want my job back! I think everyone wants their job back.

“But obviously I was sceptical. It was like playing in front of the biggest human cattle market. But it was fantastic. Of course it’s not going to have the same vibe as a gig where there’s a mosh pit and then people having to go to the emergency room.”

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Related Posts

Temptations 60
Soul Icons The Temptations To Release New Album Temptations 60 in 2022

Legendary soul group The Temptations will release a brand new album of mostly original songs in 2022. ‘Temptations 60’ comes 60 years after the first single for The Temptations ‘Oh Mother of Mine’ in 1961.

1 day ago
Stonewall Jackson photo from North Carolina Hall of Fame
Stonewall Jackson Dead At 89

Country music star Stonewall Jackson has died at age 89 after a battle with dementia.

1 day ago
The Beatles Get Back
Peter Jackson Tells How He Restored Beatles Audio In Get Back

Peter Jackson has revealed how he restored the sound on the Beatles’ songs for 'Get Back'.

1 day ago
The Rolling Stones, Ros OGorman photographer, Rod Laver Arena
The Rolling Stones Will Tour Again

It sounds like The Rolling Stones are already planning another tour. After just wrapping up the No Filter shows in the USA, bass player Darryl Jones is alluding to another tour soon.

5 days ago
Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath, Noise11, 2013, Ros O'Gorman, Photo
Tony Iommi Teases Ozzy Osbourne Collaboration

Tony Iommi has teased his "really good" upcoming collaboration with Ozzy Osbourne.

6 days ago
The Beatles Get Back
The Beatles Did Not Break Up After Let It Be

One of the great Beatle myths is that the band broke up after the Get Back/Let It Be sessions and that the original film documented the break-up. That is not true.

November 29, 2021
The Darkness: Photo Ros O'Gorman
The Darkness Have A Christmas Beer

The Darkness has released a beer named after their festive hit 'Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)'.

November 28, 2021