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Eric Clapton fans react after musician says he refuses to play venues that require vaccine passports

The Independent
The Independent
 2021-07-23

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Fans of Eric Clapton have been divided after the musician announced that he would refuse to perform at venues requiring “passports” as proof of covid vaccination .

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson unveiled plans for nightclubs and large music venues to demand proof of double vaccination to from the end of September, in order for entry.

On Thursday 22 July, Clapton shared his own statement on the app Telegram , via architect and coronavirus sceptic Robin Monotti. Clapton’s comments were shared alongside the artist’s anti-lockdown anthem “Stand and Deliver”, which he released with Van Morrison last year.

“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present,” he said. “Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”

Clapton’s next scheduled concerts in the UK are at the Royal Albert Hall in London, in May 2022.

His remarks sparked a backlash from many who accused him of ignoring the science that shows vaccines significantly reduce risk of infection and hospitalisation from coronavirus, including the faster-spreading Delta variant, which is currently driving the cases surge in the UK.

“I don’t need to hear Dr Fauci play guitar, and I don’t need to hear Eric Clapton give medical advice,” one critic wrote.

Actor Ellen Barkin tweeted the more succinct: “Eric Clapton is an a*****e.”

“If you attend an Eric Clapton rally, you are playing Covid roulette. Just saying,” wrote Star Trek actor George Takei.

“This works out quite nicely as I’m refusing to go to venues that have Eric Clapton in them,” another tweet said.

Chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said during the Downing Street press conference that clubs and large music venues have the potential to cause “super spreading events”.

However, the government’s announcement caused controversy as it came on the same day nightclubs and music venues were allowed to open for the first time since March last year.

Night Time Industries Association chief executive Michael Kill accused the government of an “absolute shambles”, adding: “So, ‘freedom day’ for nightclubs lasted around 17 hours then.”

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Indigo
07-25

They are his concerts and affect his revenue. He should be able to choose his venues without backlash from private or government entities.

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gmabear
07-23

what does that mean? He may have his reason for personally taking it but believes it everyone's choice. So what is your point.

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Guokas0422
07-23

demanding people take unproven unapproved medication is against all the progress we've made in the last century...or we could just eliminate the process and go back to letting Doctors give patients paint thinner and whiskey Lol

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