- Eric Clapton said via the Telegram that he won’t perform at venues that require attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- He said he didn’t want to perform in front of a “discriminated audience.”
- Clapton previously claimed he had “severe” reactions after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Musician Eric Clapton says he won’t perform at venues that require attendees to show they’re vaccinated against COVID-19.
Clapton made the announcement via the Telegram account of film producer and architect Robin Monotti, after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that vaccine passports would be required to enter venues with large crowds in England.
“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.”
The “Tears in Heaven” singer has previously shared his experience receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming he had a “severe” reaction, according to The Guardian.
Clapton has repeatedly vocalized his anti-vaccine views over the last several months and has been a longstanding critic of COVID-19 lockdowns – in December he teamed up with Van Morrison to release an anti-lockdown song called “Stand and Deliver.”