Eric Clapton – who has been a vocal opponent of the COVID-19 vaccine, lockdown measures and other topics related to the ongoing pandemic – has tested positive for COVID.
This news comes the same day the guitar icon announced some US tour dates with Jimmie Vaughan and was confirmed in a statement on Clapton’s Where’s Eric website, which reads:
“Eric Clapton is unfortunately suffering from Covid having tested (and still tested) positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall. His medical advisers have told him that if he were to start traveling and performing again too soon it could delay his full recovery considerably.Eric is also keen to avoid passing on any infection to any of his bands, his team, his promoters, his staff and of course the fans.
So, after intense internal discussions, it has been decided with great regret and apologies to all concerned to postpone the performances in Zurich on May 17 and Milan on May 18, with the current hope being to be able to resume the tour in starting with concerts. in Bologna on May 20 and 21.
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 point but we really hope he recovers sufficiently by the end of the week to be able to carry out the rest of the scheduled performances.
Shows must be rescheduled within the next six months and purchased tickets will remain valid for the new rescheduled date.
Clapton has made a number of headlines during the pandemic, including releasing several songs protesting lockdown measures, saying he would refuse to play shows at venues requiring vaccinations (even though he ended up do it) and supporting a controversial anti-vax concept that claims people have been brainwashed/hypnotized into getting the COVID vaccine.
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