Eric Clapton Will Not Play Shows Where Proof of Vaccine Is Required
Eric Clapton said he will not perform at any venues that require attendees to prove that they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Clapton issued his statement after the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday, July 19th, that vaccine passes would be required to enter nightclubs and venues. The statement was shared from the Telegram account of film producer and architect Robin Monotti.
Boris Johnson’s announcement came on the day nightclubs in England were allowed to reopen after 16 months of being forcibly shut down.
“I don’t want to have to close nightclubs again as they have elsewhere. But it does mean nightclubs need to do the socially responsible thing.” The Prime Minister said. “As we said last week, we do reserve the right to mandate certification at any point if it’s necessary to reduce transmission… by the end of September, when all over 18s have had their chance to be double jabbed we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.”
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own,” Clapton said. “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’s brave message was accompanied by a link to Clapton’s anti-lockdown song with Van Morrison, “Stand and Deliver.”
The musician has made headlines in the past after discussing severe reactions he suffered as a result of taking the shot.
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one…,” Clapton wrote.
“About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, 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 next scheduled shows in the United Kingdom will not start until May 2022, when he has two scheduled performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has a handful of North American concerts scheduled for September of 2021 as well.