Rock legend Eric Clapton announced Wednesday that he won’t be playing any venues that require a COVID-19 vaccine to attend a show.
Clapton described such audiences as “discriminated.”
Clapton said he made the decision in response to dictates by Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Great Britain now requires a vaccine passport to attend a concert. Clapton lives in Ewhurst, which is about an hour from London.
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021,” Eric Clapton wrote in his statement, “I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own. I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present.
“Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”
Clapton made his announcement via the Telegram account of movie producer and architect Robin Monotti. who is an anti-lockdown activist. The post also featured a link to an anti-lockdown song, Stand and Deliver, recorded by Clapton and Van Morrison.
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Eric Clapton doesn’t have a concert scheduled this year in his home country. Rolling Stone reported that Clapton’s next concert in his home country is in May 2022.
Clapton and Morrison recorded Stand and Deliver last December. In February, Clapton said he received his first COVID shot. Then in May, Monotti shared a letter from Clapton to his Telegram account.
Eric Clapton wrote: “I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days.
He said his second shot was “disastrous.”
“My hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks,” Clapton said. “I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
Clapton’s statement also promoted British politician Desmond Swayne, who some call a COVID denier.
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In interviews after his statement, Clapton said he lost friends over his views on COVID.
“I was ostracized. And I could feel that everywhere,” Clapton said. He also described people who criticized as “brainwashed.”
“I’ve tried to reach out to fellow musicians,” Clapton said in a YouTube interview with Oracle Films. “I just don’t hear from them anymore. My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore. It’s quite noticeable.”
Eric Clapton also said “I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now. But I also crave fellowship, compassion and love… I believe with these things we can prevail.”