Eric Clapton, a critic of coronavirus vaccines and pandemic restrictions, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has canceled two upcoming European concerts.
Clapton’s next shows in Zurich on Tuesday and in Milan on Wednesday will be rescheduled, he announced on his Facebook page and on his official online site. The 77-year-old rocker tested positive after his concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 8.
“Eric is also keen to avoid spreading any infection to any of his band, crew, promoters, his staff and of course the fans,” the statement read. He hopes to resume the tour starting with two concerts in Bologna on May 20.
“It is very frustrating that, having avoided COVID during the lockdown and during the period that travel restrictions were in place, Eric has succumbed to COVID at this time,” the statement read.
Clapton has expressed skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccine in the past. In 2020, he and Van Morrison released an anti-lockdown song titled “Stand and Deliver” with the lyrics: “Do you want to be a free man or do you want to be a slave?” He also lashed out a year later with the song “This Has Gotta Stop.”
Clapton received both AstraZeneca’s vaccinations against the virus, but said he had “severe reactions” and feared he would never play again. The CDC says that clinical trials have found the vaccine to be safe.
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