Regardless of vowing to by no means carry out at any venue that required a COVID-19 vaccination for entry, Eric Clapton did precisely that on Saturday evening.
Final weekend, the rock legend and vaccine critic did a present at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Heart, the place — in accordance with metropolis rules — all workers and attendees over the age of 12 are required to point out proof of at the very least their first COVID-19 vaccine shot or have the ability to current a adverse coronavirus take a look at taken prior to now 72 hours, Rolling Stone reported.
“Masks may also be required always aside from when actively consuming or ingesting,” the Smoothie King’s web site notes, earlier than including that “FREE vaccines are available at well being facilities and pharmacies in each group,” alongside a linked record of places.
A overview of the 14-song present posted Sunday by the Instances-Picayune newspaper — in an try and make sense of Clapton’s resolution to vary course and carry out on the venue — supplied that the “take a look at consequence loophole apparently allowed Clapton to, in good conscience, carry out on the Smoothie King Heart.”
Clapton’s representatives didn’t instantly return The Put up’s request for remark in regards to the present, which was was the venue’s first live performance in 18 months.
“Until there’s provision made for all individuals to attend, I reserve the proper to cancel the present,” Clapton, 76, mentioned in a July assertion by way of the Telegram app account of Italian architect Robin Monotti, who has taken a public stance towards vaccine necessities.
The assertion was printed alongside a hyperlink to Clapton’s anti-lockdown music, “Stand and Ship,” written with Van Morrison, 76. The lyrics embrace the road: “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?”
Clapton, regardless of being outspoken in his opposition to vaccine mandates, acquired the AstraZeneca shot in February. He claimed he suffered such “disastrous” unintended effects because of it that he feared he would “by no means play once more.”