Veteran rocker Eric Clapton said on Wednesday he would not perform where proof of vaccination is required, defying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s order on large indoor gatherings.
Britain, where the delta variant of COVID-19 threatens recovery from a pandemic, eased restrictions on coronaviruses this week. But Johnson said nightclubs and concert halls should require a vaccination status check.
“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, July 19, 2021, I feel compelled to make my own announcement,” the “Tears in Heaven” singer wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “I want to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience. Unless there are arrangements for everyone to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.
Clapton is slated to make a fall tour of the United States, including Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.
The famous guitarist, 76, has already spoken out against blockages and vaccines. He received the AstraZeneca doses, but said he suffered from “catastrophic” side effects for weeks.
Many fans on Twitter did not applaud “Slowhand” for his stance on the vaccine. And more than one reminded him of the racist and xenophobic comments he made in the past.
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