When more and more musicians are spreading crazy conspiracy theories and have revealed themselves to be die-hard anti-maskers, you have to look very hard to find the ones who are actually doing the right thing and not falling for this current insanity. The two last in date are Noel Gallagher and Van Morrison. Gallagher says he refuses to wear masks because he finds masks ‘pointless,’ and Van Morrison has recorded three new songs to protest against the lockdown. The musician, who is accusing the government of ‘taking our freedom,’ and claiming that scientists are ‘making up crooked facts,’ seems to have gone full conspiracy theory.
In the middle of this chaos, you have to admire and praise the pop and rock stars who are keeping their sanity. But there are a few of them, nevertheless.
Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider got really mad when he became aware that a young group of anti-maskers (in obvious MAGA apparels) had filmed themselves inside a Target store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, blaring his band’s hit ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It,’ and demanding to people to take their masks off. On social media, Snider called the stunt ‘moronic,’ and shared the video recorded by an upset customer inside the store with the caption ‘No…these selfish assholes do not have my permission or blessing to use my song for their moronic cause. #cuttheshit.’ Of course, these idiots won’t probably care about Snider’s tweet, but it’s important to note that not all musicians have lost their minds.
Another example is Ozzy Osbourne who has openly criticized Donald Trump‘s response to the coronavirus crisis, saying that the US President is ‘acting like a fool.’ In his interview with Rolling Stone, the Prince of Darkness was making complete sense: ‘If I was running for president, I would try and find out a little bit about politics. Because the fucking guy you’ve got in there now doesn’t know that much about it, I don’t think. The Constitution says that anyone can be president. But it’s not like anyone could be a fucking heart surgeon and just go in with a scalpel. You have to know what you’re fucking doing.’ This makes two old-school rockers on the right side of the pandemic!
I know that many pop stars are seen wearing masks, but this is not enough, they have to speak up and promote wearing masks in order to influence their fans. Billie Eilish just did that, and since she probably has been the biggest pop star of 2020, this is a major influence. She posted a video to her Instagram story, telling the camera: ‘Funny how I haven’t hugged my best friends in six months and y’all are out here partying.’ She was directly addressing the youth’s current careless and partying behavior. It seems that there has been a lot of parties going on this summer, as a number of Instagram/TikTok influencers have either attended or organized large gatherings. Last month, the LA Mayor even shut off electricity at TikTok influencer’s home, in the Hollywood Hills, the site of many summer parties. Sadly, this is not the only example. So Billie Eilish should repeat this clever move, She is precisely reaching out to this YouTube/TikTok/Instagram generation, at a moment when a lot of states (like Florida) are witnessing a spike in infections among young people. Enough ignorance about science and crazy conspiracy theories, we need more musicians on the right side of the pandemic.
— Dee Snider?? (@deesnider) September 16, 2020
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
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