Eric Clapton cancels shows after testing positive for COVID-19

After vocally voicing his criticism of the coronavirus vaccine, Eric Clapton contracted COVID-19.

Announced via his Facebook page, Clapton’s team revealed he had been “suffering from COVID” since testing positive “shortly after” playing at the Royal Albert Hall.

“Her medical advisors have told her that if we were to resume travel and performance too soon, it could significantly delay her full recovery,” the statement read.

The shows in Zurich, Switzerland, and Milan, Italy, on May 17 and 18 have been postponed, they announced, “after intense internal discussions.”

Clapton, 77, has sparked some controversy since the start of the pandemic, refusing to play in concert halls requiring vaccines and donating to anti-vaccine groups.

Clapton, known for his anti-vaccine and anti-warrant stance, has been outspoken about vaccines.
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“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. sufficiently recovered by the end of the week. to be able to carry out the rest of the planned performances,” the statement continued.

People in the comments section shared mixed reviews of the news, with some berating that he should have been vaccinated more, while others sent well wishes.

“Maybe he should have been vaccinated,” wrote one person who received 77 reactions. (Clapton was vaccinated with AstraZeneca in February 2021, Rolling Stone reported.)

“I love Clapton’s blues. Less enthusiastic about his anti-vax stance. Nevertheless, I hope he gets better soon,” said another.

“It’s frustrating for him, especially since he’s also suffering from the side effects of the shot. Poor Eric,” one fan commented.

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People sent their best wishes in the comments, alongside some critics of his stance on vaccines.
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Clapton’s team promised that further announcements regarding the rescheduled shows would be made, promising that they would take place within the next six months.

“Eric is also concerned to avoid transmitting any infection to any of his bands, crews, promoters, their staff and, of course, the fans,” the message read.

The announcement comes after the musician’s latest claim that people vaccinated against COVID-19 are under “hypnosis”.

During his appearance on the Real Music Observer YouTube channel, he explained how he was convinced by pharmaceutical “propaganda” to take the vaccine from AstraZeneca last year.

‘Whatever the memo was, it didn’t reach me,’ he said in reference to the ‘mass-forming hypnosis’ conspiracy theory widely supported by the anti-vaccine community. .

After receiving his dose of the vaccine in 2021, he claimed in a letter to have had “serious reactions which lasted ten days”. In the same letter written to architect and anti-lockdown campaigner Robin Monotti Graziadei, Clapton said he “should never have gone near the needle”.

In previous interviews, Clapton said he was ostracized for his beliefs.
In previous interviews, Clapton said he was ostracized for his beliefs.
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“I continue to walk the path of passive rebellion and try to toe the line so that I can actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I know now,” he said. writing.

He got candid about the “dangers” of vaccines, saying in the Real Music Observer video that his feelings frightened his family and friends.

“I think they got scared on my behalf,” he said. “My family and friends think I’m a weirdo anyway.”

Although he was alienated from his family and friends, he was also pushed away from his own genre of country music, saying he no longer heard from other musicians.

“I was trying to reach out to other musicians and sometimes I just don’t hear from them,” he said. “My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get as many text messages and emails anymore.

Despite some rejection from his musical peers, he teamed up with British rockers Jam For Freedom, to whom he donated $1,360 via GoFundMe to cover the costs of “breaching COVID regulations” during a show. He also lent the band a six-person VW Transporter van so they could get to the shows.

But even Clapton’s devout stance against vaccines and mandates receded. In September, the musician performed at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, though he vowed never to perform at a venue that required vaccines or negative COVID tests. At the time, the Smoothie King Center required staff and attendees over the age of 12 to present proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of the performance.

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