Eric Clapton Will Not Perform in Venues Where COVID Tests or Vaccines Are Required
"Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show"
Published Jul 21, 2021In response to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to make vaccine passports mandatory for entry into English nightclubs and music venues, outspoken anti-lockdown musician Eric Clapton has said that he will not perform on stages where the unvaccinated will be "discriminated" against.
In a statement shared via the Telegram account of London-based Italian film producer, architect and COVID-19 skeptic Robin Monotti, Clapton announced that he is boycotting any venue that chooses to make COVID tests, vaccine passports or proof of immunity required.
"Following the PM's announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honour bound to make an announcement of my own," Clapton wrote. "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."
Throughout the pandemic, Clapton has been vocal about opposing pandemic lockdowns, contributing to a song with Van Morrison titled "Stand and Deliver." The track, which arrived last year, features lines like "Is this a sovereign nation / Or just a police state? / You better look out people / 'Fore it gets too late."
Clapton is scheduled to head out on a U.S. tour this September, followed by a trek around Europe in 2022. It remains unclear if he is still planning to perform any of his upcoming shows.