Neglect “Layla” — it may be Eric Clapton who’s wielding some silly pleasure nowadays.
The 76-year-old traditional rock guitarist, who has change into notorious of late for his contentious hot takes on coronavirus “propaganda,” has introduced that he’ll refuse to carry out in any venues which require company to have been vaccinated towards COVID-19.
The “Fantastic Tonight” singer made the announcement in response to a current proclamation by British lawmakers, calling for all residents to current proof of vaccination earlier than getting into crowded occasions.
“Except there may be provision made for all individuals to attend, I reserve the fitting to cancel the present,” Clapton stated in an announcement — made via the Telegram app account of Italian architect Robin Monotti, The Guardian has reported. For his half, Monotti has taken a public stance towards legally mandated vaccination.
The assertion was revealed alongside a hyperlink to Clapton’s anti-lockdown tune, “Stand and Ship,” written with Van Morrison, 75. The lyrics embody the road: “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?”
Regardless of his obvious anti-vax marketing campaign, Clapton obtained the AstraZeneca shot in February — and claimed to have suffered side effects so immense that he feared he “would by no means play once more,” he informed Rolling Stone in an announcement, blaming “propaganda [that] stated the vaccine was protected for everybody.”
“I’ve been a insurgent all my life, towards tyranny and conceited authority, which is what we now have now,” Clapton stated on the time.
Six months later, Clapton is seemingly able to play once more — however solely underneath the situation that he’s not on “any stage the place there’s a discriminated viewers current.”
Reps for the “Tears in Heaven” Oscar nominee didn’t instantly reply to The Submit’s request for remark.
In the meantime, within the six months because the first vaccine was launched, an estimated 1.04 billion world residents have taken up one of many three at the moment accessible vaccines towards COVID-19 — AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech — they usually’re working, studies have shown.
A current Associated Press report revealed that simply 0.8% of the 18,000 People who died of COVID-19 in Could 2021 had been totally vaccinated. And of greater than 107,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations that very same month, only one.1% had had their photographs.
Evaluate that to May 2020, which ushered in roughly 705,000 new circumstances and noticed 40,000 die from the illness.