It’s safe to say that rock legend Eric Clapton’s upcoming tour through the South won’t include any “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” Pat Benatar covers. Clapton, 76, has just released a new track and music video entitled “This Has Gotta Stop,” a not-so-subtle jab directed at those pushing for vaccines and lockdowns.
— Eric Clapton (@EricClapton) August 27, 2021
The 18-time Grammy Award winner wastes little time sharing his thoughts in his latest single: “This has gotta stop/ Enough is enough/ I can’t take this BS any longer.”
If that opening verse doesn’t send a strong enough message, the second verse leaves little doubt as to where Clapton stands: “It’s gone far enough/ If you wanna claim my soul/ You’ll have to come and break down this door.”
This isn’t the first time Clapton’s been vocal about COVD-19 vaccinations and government mandated lockdowns, it’s just the latest. At the height of last year’s pandemic, Clapton and Van Morrison collaborated on the song “Stand and Deliver,” an anti-lockdown track directed at the U.K. government. Earlier this summer, Clapton said that he would not perform at any concert venues requiring proof of vaccination for attendees.
A 32-second clip of “This Has Gotta Stop” posted to Clapton’s Twitter account has been viewed close to 2 million times in just under three days.
Fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will have their first chance to hear Clapton’s anti-vax song in mid-September, when he plays three Texas-based shows. Don’t be surprised if he treats the crowd to an updated version of one of his biggest hits: Liberal Tears In Heaven.