UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently voiced his concerns about COVID-19 transmission, and basically said that everybody is going to need to be vaccinated by the end of September if they want to attend a nightclub or music venue.
“And I should serve notice now that by the end of September, when all over 18s have had their chance to be double jabbed we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.”
And one rock god in particular didn’t take to kindly to that.
According to Rolling Stone, Clapton said he wouldn’t cancel any show were fans would be forced to be vaccinated in order to attend.
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-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.”
Clapton had received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this year, however had a pretty nasty reaction to it.
He detailed his frustrations in a letter to Robin Monotti:
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one.
About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers.
Needless to say 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.
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.”
He then teamed up with Van Morrison for a song called “Stand And Deliver,” an anti-lockdown anthem of sorts.