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Eric Clapton Would Cancel Concerts If Venue Mandates Covid Protocols

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If United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson shuffles the iPod to Eric Clapton, he’ll likely to be listening to the blues. After the Prime Minister announced that proof of Covid vaccines would be required to enter nightclubs and venues, Clapton released a statement saying he would not perform at any venues that enforce the policy.

Clapton’s statement, which was obtained by Rolling Stone, left little doubt that the Grammy winner is serious about cancelling shows: “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.”

Within Clapton’s statement was a link to a song Clapton and Van Morrison collaborated on last year, titled: “Stand and Deliver“. The duet is an anti-lockdown protest originally directed towards the U.K. government. Part of the chorus repeats: ‘Stand and deliver. You let them put the fear on you.
Stand and deliver. But not a word you heard was true.’

76-year-old Clapton is not scheduled to play in the United Kingdom again until next spring. His next performance state-side is September 13th in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

 

Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. God Bless Eric Clapton.

    Aside from the joint song from Van Morrison and Clapton, Van Morrison has released several other Covid protest songs. I highly suggest a listen, and a purchase in support.

    See you in Georgia in September!!!

      • MrEPluribus,

        Thank you for the intel, I didn’t know that but I’ll now be taking a look. I’ve been supporting/buying offerings from other bands that are making a statement, such as Aaron, Lewis, Tom MacDonald, Zuby, Jah 3 Point One. Ironic that you should mention The Alarm as I am a huge, longtime fan . I even have an interesting 2-degree-of-separation connection with original drummer Nigel Twist that came to be years after I started to buy their music.

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