Eric Clapton says when he recorded the song "Stand and Deliver," the anti-lockdown song written by Van Morrison, he got a lot of blowback from many American fans.
The song was aimed at the way the U.K. government handled the pandemic with its rules and regulations for live concerts.
Clapton talked about Morrison and his battle against the U.K. government over the lockdown of concert venues.
Clapton said, "He's gonna plow right on. When I heard the next couple of things that he put out I thought, 'My God, this man is fearless.' And I would love to be fearless, but I'm not. You know, I caught this anxiety syndrome. I have it bad and I have it as bad I had when I was devoutly following the six o'clock and the 10 o'clock news or talk radio or trying to find someone who's speaking a language that I can identify with. But now I've stopped watching TV."
Clapton went on to discuss how his support for Morrison and his negative comments about being vaccinated have alienated some of his friends:
"I've tried to reach out to fellow musicians. Sometimes I just don't hear from them anymore. My phone doesn't ring very often. I don't get that many text and emails anymore. It's quite noticeable. You know, association."
Clapton's comments were taken from a 25-minute interview released by Oracle Films, a group of professional filmmakers who advocate for open debate and freedom of information.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]