Eric Clapton Refuses To Play Venues Where Proof Of Vaccination Is Required
Clapton previously detailed what he described as a "disastrous reaction" to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.
Guitarist Eric Clapton is boycotting venues that require concertgoers to present proof of vaccination for entry. Clapton made the decision following an announcement from UK prime minister Boris Johnson this past Monday that guests will have to show a COVID pass from the National Health Service to access nightclubs and large venues starting in September.
“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,” the legendary guitarist wrote in a note shared by Italian architect and film producer Robin Monotti. “Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”
Read the full statement from Monotti’s social feeds which Pollstar confirmed came from Clapton:
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honour 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.”
Eric Clapton previously revealed he had a “disastrous” experience following receipt of the two-shot AstraZeneca (AZ) COVID-19 vaccination. “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…,” the guitarist wrote in May as part of a letter to Monotti. “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…”
Rolling Stone reached out to the UK’s MHRA, which oversees the administration of the vaccine, for comment in May. The MHRA representative shared the following two months ago:
“Over 56 million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 have now been administered in the UK, saving thousands of lives through the biggest vaccination programme that has ever taken place in this country.
“Our advice remains that the benefits of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca outweigh the risks in the majority of people. It is still vitally important that people come forward for their vaccination when invited to do so.”
Eric Clapton is expected to start his U.S. Tour 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas on September 13.