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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.
Eric Clapton said he would cancel any shows if the venue requires attendees prove they are vaccinated against Covid-19. https://t.co/ByUi9lLG2V
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 21, 2021
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.