Famed guitarist Eric Clapton has been an outspoken critic of measures taken to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, together with performing the Van Morrison-penned, anti-lockdown track “Stand and Deliver” launched in December 2020. In accordance to Selection:
Written by Morrison and carried out by Clapton, the four-and-a-half minute bluesy observe expresses dissatisfaction with the government-ordered lockdowns spurred by rising circumstances of COVID-19.
“Do you wanna be a free man/ Or do you wanna be a slave?/ Do you wanna wear these chains/ Until you’re lying in the grave?” Clapton sings.
Different lyrics embrace: “Magna Carta, Bill of Rights/ The constitution, what’s it worth?/ You know they’re gonna grind us down, ah/ Until it really hurts/ Is this a sovereign nation/ Or just a police state?/ You better look out, people/ Before it gets too late.”
Two months later, Clapton acquired two pictures of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, after which he claimed he had skilled “disastrous” negative effects that left his palms and toes numb. The musician wrote a letter about his expertise through which he criticized the “propaganda” that maintained the COVID vaccine was “safe for everyone”:
In February this 12 months, earlier than I realized in regards to the nature of the vaccines, (and being 76 with ephezyma) I used to be within the avant garde. I took the primary jab of AZ and immediately had extreme reactions which lasted ten days, I recovered ultimately and was informed it might be twelve weeks earlier than the second…
About six weeks later I used to be supplied and took the second AZ shot, however with a little bit extra information of the risks. Unnecessary to say the reactions had been disastrous, my palms and toes had been both frozen, numb or burning, and just about ineffective for 2 weeks, I feared I’d by no means play once more, (I undergo with peripheral neuropathy and will by no means have gone close to the needle.) However the propaganda mentioned the vaccine was protected for everybody….
It was no shock, then, that after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in July 2021 that full vaccination standing can be required to enter nightclubs and different venues the place giant numbers of folks collect, Clapton himself issued a countering announcement declaring that he wouldn’t carry out in any public setting the place proof of vaccination was required for attendance:
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own,” Clapton mentioned. “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.”
The guitarist’s present tour calendar lists solely a pair of UK reveals, at London’s Royal Albert Corridor, scheduled for Might of 2022. Clapton is ready to embark on a U.S. live performance tour in September 2021.