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Eric Clapton has postponed concert dates after testing positive for COVID-19.
The England guitarist’s health update was shared on Clapton’s behalf via Facebook on Monday.
“Eric Clapton is sadly suffering from COVID after testing positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall,” the post read.
“He has been told by his medical advisers that if he were to start traveling and performing again too soon, it could significantly delay his full recovery. Eric is also keen to avoid passing any infections to any of his bands, crews, promoters , their staff and of course the fans.”
ERIC CLAPTON SAYS HE WILL NOT PLAY WHERE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE PROOF IS REQUIRED
Due to the positive test, Clapton and his team decided to postpone the shows which were to take place in Zurich and Milan on May 17 and 18.
“It is very frustrating that having avoided COVID throughout the lockdown and throughout the time travel restrictions have been in place, Eric has succumbed to COVID at this stage, but we really hope he will. enough recovered by the end of the week to be able to perform the rest of the scheduled performances,” the message continued.
Clapton has been an outspoken coronavirus vaccine skeptic and even made the decision not to perform at venues that required a vaccine for public admission.
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“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday July 19, 2021, I feel honored to make my own announcement,” Clapton said. “I would like to say that I will not perform on any stage where a discriminated audience is present. Unless there are arrangements made for everyone to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show .”
The “Wonderful Tonight” singer has previously worked on a collaboration with Van Morrison. “Stand and Deliver” is a 4-minute, 33-second track criticizing coronavirus lockdown protocols.
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“Do you want to be a free man / Or do you want to be a slave?” Clapton sings. “Do you want to wear these chains / Until you’re lying in the grave?”