He may be a musical legend, but Van Morrison has irked a lot of people with this thoughts on the coronavirus and live music.
While most people have accepted that large gatherings, gigs and festivals are off the menu for the forseeable future - or at least until a workable solution is found - Morrison has pooh-poohed the government's cautious measures as 'pseudo-science'.
In a statement posted on his website dubbed 'Fight for Live', the Belfast man encouraged music fans and his fellow musicians to "come forward, stand up, fight against the psuedo-science and speak up".
He added that the fact that he is playing a socially-distanced gig in the UK soon was "not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs", but instead "is to get my band up ad running and out of the doldrums."
In fact, the 'Moondance' singer called for socially distanced gigs to be scrapped entirely, saying "This is not the answer... we need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward".
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."
Some have called Morrison's statement irresponsible, although others - including Jim Corr - have welcomed his comments.
See below for a selection of the reactions...
You go to a Van Morrison concert, you breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out, and you contract a fatal virus. https://t.co/4w25vfRweJ
— John Lingan (@johnlingan) August 25, 2020
I adore Van Morrison's music. Van the Man, and everything. But it's always been hard to square his beautiful, soulful music with the fact that everybody I've ever met who's interacted with him on any level - musician, promoter, journalist - has told me that he is a total asshole. https://t.co/WhHggnDiZb
— Stuart Henderson (@henderstu) August 25, 2020
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 26, 2020
We're going to need a bigger Jedward. https://t.co/PcuMCUtqXb
— Declan Gaffney (@djmgaffneyw4) August 25, 2020
Good on him. I think he's the very first world-famous musician to have the guts to speak out about this.
If there is hope, it lies in the old & independent. Nearly everyone else is too worried about their job, their debts, or their "social" media. https://t.co/YZNIm08GmO
— Remember Sophie Scholl (@MMaccruiskeen) August 25, 2020
Van Morrison knows fuck all...
— Minister for Swedging (@theswedger13) August 25, 2020
Van Morrison pre-Covid: “Get the hell away from me.”
Van Morrison post-Covid: “Social distancing is bad.” pic.twitter.com/82sqve43yr
— Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) August 25, 2020
Van Morrison says Covid regulations are based on pseudoscience and, to be fair, whenever I want pandemic advice my first stop is 74-year-old soul singers who left school at 15 with no qualifications.
— Daniel Hunter (@PrieneV) August 25, 2020