Legendary British rocker Eric Clapton said enough to COVID-19 and its vaccines. In particular, he wants nothing to do with requiring vaccinations, and that covers people wanting to attend his concerts. Consequently, if authorities insist on limiting live events to vaccinated people, he’ll just cancel all his shows.
‘I Reserve The Right To Cancel The Show’
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that anyone out to attend social gatherings will need to show proof of vaccination starting this September. Upon learning of Johnson’s decree, Clapton said he’ll issue a statement of his own.
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, 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 stated.
‘Artists Should Defend Individual Liberty’
Meanwhile across the pond, many conservatives hailed Clapton for speaking the voice of reason. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted “Artists should defend individual Liberty. I very much support vaccines, but it should be your choice—not forced upon you”. Meanwhile, Blaze podcast host Steve Deace commented that Eric Clapton became the modern Patrick Henry.
In addition, British filmmaker Sonia Poulton gave thanks to Clapton and “all musicians who show true integrity by refusing to perform at venues using a totalitarian system of entry. It’s impossible for me to respect those going along with this. Human & artistic sell-outs controlled by the Govt,” she added.
Detractors As Well
Rolling Stone’s second-best guitarist in the world (Hendrix was #1) also picked up a few followers who booed his decision. Time Magazine columnist Ian Bremmer shared his revelation about the musician. “Wow. I love Clapton. Sorry to learn he’s such a**hole,” he tweeted. Ace Records label manager Liz Buckley managed to wittingly respond to Clapton’s announcement. “Funnily enough, I will not attend shows where Eric Clapton is required,” she said.
The Palmer Report, a left-wing political blog, tweeted the difference between then and now. “Used to be you’d hope you got to see aging rock stars in concert before they died. These days you hope you get to see them before they become Eric Clapton.”
Clapton’s Bad Experience With Vaccines
For over a year now, Clapton continues to release anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination messages. Last December, Clapton and fellow musician anti-vaxxer Van Morrison collaborated on the song, “Stand and Deliver”. It featured lyrics including, “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?” and “Dick Turpin wore a mask too.”
Clapton also disclosed that his experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine complicated his peripheral neuropathy. He blamed the vaccine propaganda for egging him to get a vaccine. As a result of that jab, he now suffers from “peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.”
No To Restrictions And Vaccine Requirements
“It is deeply upsetting to see how few gigs are going ahead because of the lockdown restrictions. There are many of us who support Van [Morrison] and his endeavors to save live music; he is an inspiration… we must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover,” Clapton earlier said.
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