Eric Clapton says he reserves the “right” to cancel performances at venues that require proof of Covid vaccination of the audience, a largely hypothetical stance that still puts the guitarist’s anti-wax feelings on full screen.
Clapton’s statement today was made in response to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that vaccination cards are required to enter nightclubs and elsewhere. Clapton’s next British concert is currently almost a year away, as he is scheduled to play London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 7, 2022.
“After the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, July 19, 2021,” Clapton said via Telegram, “I feel honored to have made my own announcement: I would like to say that I will not be performing on any stage where there is a discriminated audience. present. Unless all participants are catered for, I reserve the right to cancel the show. ”
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Clapton is currently scheduled to play eight arena tour dates in September in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. At least right now, he does not have to worry: the concert venues do not seem to follow Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway approach of requiring all attendees to be vaccinated. For example, Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena only requires facial coatings (“guests are expected to provide their own”), while Austin’s Frank Irwin Center suggests that for “individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have weakened immune systems, social distancing is optional, but recommended. ”
Clapton has claimed that he experienced “catastrophic” (albeit temporary) side effects after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine and that his hands and feet were “frozen, numb or burning and rather useless for two weeks …”
The guitarist had previously made his views known when he collaborated with singer Van Morrison in December on the antilockdown song “Stand and Live”, which contained such overheated lyrics as “Do you want to wear these chains / until you lie in the grave?”