Eric Clapton Tests Positive For COVID And Postpones Upcoming Shows
According to a recent post on his official Facebook page, Eric Clapton has postponed some of his shows on his European tour after testing positive for COVID-19.
Eric Clapton has been free-spoken about his stance against vaccination, lockdown, and regulations related to COVID-19. After having some health problems following his AstraZeneca vaccine, the guitarist said governments shouldn’t force people to get vaccinated. Then, he refused to perform any shows requiring proof of vaccination.
Clapton received massive backlash from music fans and various artists following his statements. Yet, he didn’t give up on his stance. Then, he collaborated with Van Morrison, who shared the same opinion with him. They released some songs to protest the pandemic regulations, such as ‘Stand And Deliver‘ and ‘The Rebels.’ After the songs, he was severely criticized again but said he didn’t mind them, although his career had almost gone away.
In an announcement via a Facebook post, Clapton’s team revealed that they postponed the shows on May 17 in Zurich and May 18 in Milan after he tested positive. According to the message, medical staff advised him to delay the shows to fully recover as soon as possible and ensure the safety of the others around him. The guitarist hopes to continue the tour on May 20 in Bologna. The message explained that they would make a further announcement regarding the dates of the postponed shows.
The Facebook message from Clapton’s team follows:
“Postponement of shows in Zurich and Milan. Eric Clapton is, unfortunately, suffering from COVID, having tested positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He has been told by his medical advisors that if he were to resume traveling and performing too soon, it could substantially delay his full recovery. Eric is also anxious to avoid passing on any infection to any of his band, crew, promoters, their staff, and of course, the fans.
So, after intensive internal discussion, it has been decided with great regret and apologies to all those concerned to postpone the performances in Zurich on May 17 and Milan on May 18, with the present hope being to be able to resume the tour starting with the concerts in Bologna on May 20 and 21.”
“It is very frustrating that having avoided Covid throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place, Eric should have succumbed to Covid at this point in time. But we very much hope he will be sufficiently recovered by the end of the week to be able to perform the remainder of the planned performances.
A further announcement will be made concerning the rescheduling of the postponed shows once suitable dates can be identified. The shows are due to be rescheduled within the next six months, and tickets purchased will remain valid for the new rescheduled date.”
Clapton’s Europen tour started on May 7 in London and is scheduled to end on June 17 in Helsinki. Later on, the guitarist will also embark on a brief US tour. His tour in America will kick off on September 8 in Columbus, Ohio, and end on September 19 in New York.