Eric Clapton: ‘I Won’t Play Venues That Require Vaccination’

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Eric Clapton has once again taken the side of anti-vaxxers. In a statement released today (July 21, 2021) via lockdown activist Robin Monotti Graziadei, Clapton wrote that he won’t perform on any stage where audiences are required to be vaccinated. The classic rock legend begins a brief U.S. tour on September 13. A U.K. run, originally planned for 2020, has been moved to 2022 due to the continued lockdown there.

It appears that Slowhand is referring to the U.K. concerts. On July 19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that vaccine passes would be required to enter such venues.

Clapton‘s response: “Following the PM’s announcement… 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.”

In a letter to the editor published in the May 12 edition of The Telegram, Clapton criticized the “propaganda” associated with the vaccine. (The letter was shared to the paper by Graziadei.) Clapton wrote that after taking “the first jab” in February, he “straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days.”

When he had the second dose, “the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”

Later, he wrote, “I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know.”

In December 2020, he and pal Van Morrison released “Stand and Deliver” to protest the British government’s continued lockdown.

Related: Our 2017 review of Clapton at MSG

Eric Clapton 2021 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Sep 13 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Sep 15 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Sep 17 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sep 18 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Sep 21 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sep 23 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center
Sep 25 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sep 26 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock

2022 European Tour
May 07 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 14, 2021)
May 08 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 17, 2021)
May 17 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
May 18 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
May 20 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
May 21 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
May 29 – Berlin, Germany – Berlin Waldbühne
May 31 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Jun 02 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Jun 04 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Jun 05 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2
Jun 07 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jun 08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jun 10 – Dusseldorf, Germany – ISS Dome
Jun 12 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpalais
Jun 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Jun 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Jun 17 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
Jun 19 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace
Jun 21 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall
Jun 22 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall

Cancelled – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 15, 2021)
Cancelled – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 18, 2021)

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  1. Tom9716
    #1 Tom9716 22 July, 2021, 07:03

    Maybe if he didn’t get the shots the reaction would have been much worse and he wouldn’t be able to annoy us with his selfish comments.

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  2. beatseeker
    #2 beatseeker 22 July, 2021, 09:14

    what a fool believes, no wise man has the power to reason away…

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  3. Damian
    #3 Damian 22 July, 2021, 09:18

    F you Clapton! I don’t care how famous and worshiped you are, you are an idiot and I’m sick of your dim-minded crap. Everyone knows that the vaccine can affect people in different ways depending on the person. And since you already have a health condition, maybe it hit you harder than most. That sucks, but is no excuse to rip on those who are still trying to help humanity. At least they are trying! And yeah, Boris is a dink, but at least he’s trying to keep things from potentially spreading too. What the hell have YOU done? To call everything “propaganda” is just ignorant as scientists are still finding out more about the virus all the time, AND it’s always mutating/changing, just like the flu does from year to year. It’s a process. But this is just one more reason to hate your whiny, privileged, boring ass. GFY.

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  4. Da Mick
    #4 Da Mick 22 July, 2021, 09:22

    Not sure why Clapton continues to get so much juice in the music press, but, at this point, he seems unbalanced– not right. Even his depiction of his reaction to the vaccine seems false, and melodramatically exaggerated at best. In a world that’s struggling mightily to get past this horrid virus, Clapton’s stance makes no sense.

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  5. JCB
    #5 JCB 22 July, 2021, 11:58

    Eric was dumb enough to take the Astrazeneca vaccine instead of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Not as effective and has a ton more side effects. I felt nothing with my two Moderna shots. I’m all for vaccine passports etc… I don’t like being around fools.

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  6. v2787
    #6 v2787 22 July, 2021, 13:13

    Senility is a sad thing. So is idiocy. Unfortunately, Clapton appears to be a victim of both. Anyone who won’t get vaccinated is a fool, and anyone who tries to minimize or prevent vaccinations is endangering the public health. Go away, Clapton. Your day is over.

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