Eric Clapton recently announced that he won’t be performing “where there is a discriminated audience present.” That means the guitar hero won’t play concerts in venues that require ticket-holders to be vaccinated.
During a press conference on Monday, UK PM Johnson announced, “I should serve notice now that 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.”
Eric Clapton had a quick response to Johnson. “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.”
Eric Clapton has a series of U.S. concert dates scheduled in September at locations in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. He’s also scheduled to embark on a European tour next year.
Clapton’s response to Johnson led to his name trending on Twitter. There were tweets praising Clapton’s response.
Johnson said he didn’t want to have to close nightclubs again, after an 18-month shutdown that ended Monday, but encouraged those businesses to “do the socially responsible thing” and make use of the National Health Service’s COVID pass for admittance. The pass shows a person’s proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or natural immunity.
Meanwhile, Eric Clapton said he experienced “disastrous” side effects after both doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine.
“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…,” Eric Clapton wrote in a May note to Monotti Graziadei.
“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….”