In response to the UK government requiring Covid-19 vaccine cards for access to live venues and nightclubs, musician Eric Clton said he would cancel shows at venues that discriminated against the non-vaccinated.
To say he felt “Honor-required to publish my own,” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the vaccine passed on July 19, Clton said he would “Do not perform on any stage where a discriminated audience is present. Unless all participants are catered for, I reserve the right to cancel the show. ”
The author of ‘Change the World’ accompanied the announcement with a link to ‘Stand and Deliver’, the song that opposed the lockdowns he recorded with Van Morrison last year.
According to Rolling Stone, Clton is not scheduled to perform in the UK until May 2022, where he has two dates booked at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He also has one “handful” of concerts in North America scheduled for September.
American reactions to Clinton’s announcement fell within party political frameworks, with the conservative Prague University praising him for fighting “Arrogant tyranny,” while liberals said they would never see him perform anyway, calling him racist over comments made in the 1970s.
If you’re shocked, look up where in the 1970s, Clton said so many racist things from the stage, an artist’s activism and outreach program was founded to counter him and get the word out that musicians in general were not like him https://t.co/mjqpizzB3d
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The 76-year-old has long been an outspoken critic of Covid-19 lockdowns. Earlier this year, he presented condemnations for talking about the alleged side effects he experienced after taking the vaccine and complained about “pain” and “chronic pain” it made it impossible to play the guitar for about a week and left the hands too sensitive to heat and cold.
Clton has sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his solo career, making hits such as ‘Layla’, ‘Tears in Heaven’ and ‘My Father’s Eyes.’
While most of England’s Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on July 19, Johnson’s government plans to use vaccination cards have sparked opposition in the form of petitions and street protests.
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