Eric Clapton won't play venues if they require vaccinations

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NBC News 22 July, 2021 - 11:03am 24 views

"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 said via statement posted onto architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer Robin Monotti Graziadei's Telegram account.

The news follows U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement Tuesday that as restrictions on social gatherings lift, nightclubs must require guests to show a Covid Pass from the U.K.'s National Health Service upon entry for everyone over the age of 18.

Clapton has been releasing anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown statements and songs for close to a year now. In December 2020, Clapton joined fellow classic rocker turned anti-vaxxer Van Morrison on his song, "Stand and Deliver." The song features lyrics including, "Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?" and "Dick Turpin wore a mask too."

In an earlier release, Clapton detailed a "disastrous" experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine for which he blamed "propaganda" for pushing on him. The musician continued on revealing that he suffers from "peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle."

A rep for Clapton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Eric Clapton Will Not Play Shows Where Proof of Vaccine Is Required

Rolling Stone 22 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

Musician issued statement after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said vaccine passes would be required at clubs and venues

“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present," Clapton said.

Eric Clapton said he will not perform at any venues that require attendees to prove that they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Clapton issued his statement in response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday, July 19th, that vaccine passes would be required to enter nightclubs and venues. Clapton’s statement was shared via the Telegram account of film producer and architect Robin Monotti, who has also been skeptical of the Covid-19 vaccine and expressed other doubts about the U.K. government’s response to the pandemic. (Clapton previously shared a message about his “disastrous” health experience after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on Monotti’s Telegram page.)

“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.”

The message was accompanied by a link to Clapton’s anti-lockdown song with Van Morrison, “Stand and Deliver.” Representatives for Clapton did not immediately return Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

In a statement to Rolling Stone in May, a spokesperson for the MHRA, the UK governmental body overseeing the vaccine, reiterated that “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.”

Clapton’s next scheduled shows in the United Kingdom won’t be until May 2022, when he has two dates on the books at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has a handful of North American concerts scheduled for this September.

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Eric Clapton Says He Won’t Play Venues That Require Proof of Vaccination

Yahoo Entertainment 22 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

“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,” Clapton said via statement posted onto architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account.

The news follows U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement Tuesday that as restrictions on social gatherings lift, nightclubs must require guests to show a Covid Pass from the U.K.’s National Health Service upon entry for everyone over the age of 18.

Clapton has been releasing anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown statements and songs for close to a year now. In December 2020, Clapton joined fellow classic rocker turned anti-vaxxer Van Morrison on his song, “Stand and Deliver.” The song features lyrics including, “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?” and “Dick Turpin wore a mask too.” Variety critics ranked it as one of the worst songs of 2020.

In an earlier release Clapton detailed a “disastrous” experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine for which he blamed “propaganda” for pushing on him. The musician continued on revealing that he suffers from “peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.”

A rep for Clapton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Eric Clapton Says He Won't Play Venues That Require COVID Vaccines

NPR 22 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

Famed musician Eric Clapton said on Wednesday that he will not perform in any venue that requires audience members to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

"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," Clapton wrote.

He was referring to an announcement from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who stated that starting in September, people will have to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccinations in order to go to venues and nightclubs.

Clapton made his statement through social media accounts of the London-based Italian architect and film producer Robin Monotti Graziadei, who has repeatedly spoken out against vaccines.

Eric Clapton refuses to play venues that require proof of vaccination

The Guardian 22 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

In response to the government announcement that vaccination passports will be required to access nightclubs and venues by the end of September, the musician has issued a statement saying he would not play “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 shared the statement via the Telegram account of Italian architect and Covid sceptic Robin Monotti. It was accompanied by a link to Clapton’s anti-lockdown collaboration with Van Morrison, Stand and Deliver, in which they sing: “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?”

In May, Clapton shared his negative experiences of receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine through Monotti’s Telegram account, claiming to have experienced “severe” reactions that left him questioning whether he would be able to play the guitar again.

In May, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said: “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.”

In the same month, Clapton said he had found common ground with Morrison, whose lyrics “echoed in my heart”. After releasing Stand and Deliver, Clapton said he was “immediately regaled with contempt and scorn”.

Clapton’s next scheduled UK performances are at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2022. The venue will host the Proms from 30 July to 11 September without social distancing. Attendees will be required to provide status of their vaccination or immunity status.

Eric Clapton will not play gigs where proof of vaccination is required

Louder 22 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

Covid sceptic guitarist Eric Clapton says he'll not perform at shows ‘where there is a discriminated audience present’

One of a number of British musicians, wholly unqualified in any medical capacity, who have suddenly developed a deep interest in virology during a period when 4.13 million people worldwide have died due to coronavirus-related symptoms, Clapton revealed his stance following British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s declaration that anyone wishing to attend nightclubs or venues after the end of September will be required to display ‘vaccination passports’.

“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.”

The guitarist’s statement was shared via the Telegram account of Italian film producer/architect and Covid sceptic Robin Monotti, and linked to Clapton’s protest song duet with the newly politically aware Van Morrison, Stand And Deliver, where the two tireless and fearless truth-seekers pool wisdom accrued on their combined 151 years on the planet to ask provocative questions such as “Do you wanna be a free man or do you wanna be a slave?”

Clapton’s next scheduled UK shows will take place at the Royal Albert Hall next May.

The guitarist hasn’t always been such a champion of anti-discrimination. During an infamous show at Birmingham Odeon on August 5, 1976, Clapton used a number of deeply offensive racial slurs onstage, warned his audience about the danger of ‘foreigners’ in England and expressed the view that the British government should “send them all back.”

Clapton finally got around to apologising for his racist rant in his 2017 documentary Life in 12 Bars.

“When I realised what I said, I just was so disgusted with myself,” he said, offering a recollection that somehow escaped him for the previous 41 years. “I was so fucking angry. And I thought I needed to apologise to the people that I said that to, because it was shocking and unforgivable and I was so ashamed of who I was. I was becoming not only chauvinistic, but fascistic too. I was a kind of semi racist.”

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Racist anti-vaxxer Eric Clapton says he won't play in venues that require Covid vaccine

Boing Boing 22 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

Eric "Keep Britain white" Clapton, who recently complained that none of his old pals want to talk to him anymore, announced that he won't perform at any show that requires audience members to be vaccinated. The old racist says it's "discriminatory."

From Insider:

"I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present," Clapton said, per Rolling Stone. "Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show."

In addition to disliking vaccines, Clapton also thinks lockdowns are bad. In December, he and fellow grumpy codger Van Morrison produced an anti-lockdown song called "Stand and Deliver."

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Eric Clapton says he’ll cancel shows if they require COVID vaccinations

OCRegister 22 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

LOS ANGELES – Eric Clapton will not perform at venues that require proof of vaccination.

“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 said via statement posted onto architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account.

The news follows U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement Tuesday that as restrictions on social gatherings lift, nightclubs must require guests to show a Covid Pass from the U.K.’s National Health Service upon entry for everyone over the age of 18.

Clapton has been releasing anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown statements and songs for close to a year now. In December 2020, Clapton joined fellow classic rocker turned anti-vaxxer Van Morrison on his song, “Stand and Deliver.” The song features lyrics including, “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?” and “Dick Turpin wore a mask too.” Variety critics ranked it as one of the worst songs of 2020.

In an earlier release Clapton detailed a “disastrous” experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine for which he blamed “propaganda” for pushing on him. The musician continued on revealing that he suffers from “peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.”

A rep for Clapton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Eric Clapton Says He Won't Perform Where Vaccine Is Required, Gets Feedback

HuffPost 22 July, 2021 - 05:52am

Veteran rocker Eric Clapton declared Wednesday he would not perform where proof of vaccination is required, defying U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s order on large indoor gatherings.

Britain, where the delta variant of COVID-19 is threatening pandemic recovery, eased coronavirus restrictions this week. But Johnson said nightclubs and concert venues must require verification of inoculation status.

“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own,” the “Tears in Heaven” singer wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “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 is scheduled to perform a fall tour in the United States, including Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

The famous guitarist, 76, has riffed against lockdowns and vaccines previously. He did receive the AstraZeneca doses, but said he suffered “disastrous” weekslong side effects.

Many fans on Twitter did not applaud “Slowhand” for his vaccine stance. And more than a few reminded him of the racist and xenophobic remarks he has made in the past.

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Yes, I'm worried about the Delta variant and rightly so, but I'll be honest I'm mostly getting vaccinated knowing that it will significantly reduce my risk of being exposed to an Eric Clapton concert. https://t.co/oC1psH9vyA

I am a big "Love the art but loathe the artist" guy, but Eric Clapton is testing my philosophy.

it's like Eric Clapton got mad people forgot his racist past and was all "wait did you know there are other things that make me an asshole"

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Eric Clapton won't perform for "discriminated" audiences where vaccination is required

Consequence 21 July, 2021 - 03:08pm

Following the news that the UK will implement a vaccine passport for certain events, Clapton said, "I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present"

Via Pollstar, Clapton shared his thoughts in a letter to anti-lockdown activist Robin Monotti Graziadei, who subsequently published it on Telegram. “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.”

This follows another letter to Graziadei in May, in which Clapton called evidence that vaccines are safe “propaganda.” Last year, he teamed up with fellow fallen icon Van Morrisson for the anti-lockdown song “Stand and Deliver.”

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