Van Morrison and Eric Clapton teamed up again for “The Rebels”, a duet from “Where Have All the Rebels Gone” from Morrison’s new album Latest record project: Vol. 1. An accompanying animated video shows drawings by musicians such as Axl Rose, Robert Johnson, Kurt Cobain and Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead on “Wanted: Rebel” posters.
The questioning call-to-action asks lyrically: “Where have all the rebels gone / They don’t say much at all” and assumes that they are “hiding behind their computer screens”.
In December 2020, the duo released “Stand Up and Deliver,” which followed controversial tunes by Morrison protesting lockdown measures in the UK during the pandemic.
The older blues-rock statement shared the song as Slowhand & Van, which sounds like a variety act. But in the song, Clapton shares lead vocals with Morrison, who adds the harmonies for what could have been a no-nonsense country artist.
Watch “The Rebels” below.
Proceeds from “The Rebels” will be donated to the Van Morrison Rhythm & Blues Foundation, which Morrison set up during the pandemic “as an emergency fund for musicians who find themselves in financial need as a direct result of government restrictions on live music introduced in March” 2020. “
Other Morrison news has canceled a number of gigs booked at Belfast’s Europa Hotel that were due to start last night. According to the BBC, the concerts were meant to be test events but were canceled by Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, who said the events could not take place.