(Meredith) – Legendary musician Eric Clapton announced he will not perform at any venues that require fans to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Clapton’s statement is in response to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that proof of vaccination would be required to enter nightclubs and venues.
“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own,” Clapton said. “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.”
Clapton’s next scheduled shows in the UK are in May 2022, with two dates booked at Royal Albert Hall in London. He has a handful of North American shows scheduled for September 2021.
Clapton previously said he had "severe" reactions to taking the AstraZeneca vaccine that lasted 10 days. He said he suffered frozen, numb and burning hands and feet and feared he would never play music again. However, Clapton did acknowledge he suffers with peripheral neuropathy and "should never have gone near the needle."