Eric Clapton has postponed two live shows on his European tour after testing optimistic for COVID-19, the illness brought on by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The reveals initially scheduled for Tuesday, Could 17 in Zurich, Switzerland and Wednesday, Could 18 in Milan, Italy at the moment are anticipated to happen later within the 12 months.
In keeping with a put up on Clapton‘s The place’s Eric website online, the legendary 77-year-old rocker contracted COVID-19 after “shortly after” his Could 8 live performance at London’s Royal Albert Corridor.
“[Eric] has been advised by his medical advisors that if he have been to renew travelling and performing too quickly, it might considerably delay his full restoration,” the put up provides. “Eric can be anxious to keep away from passing on any an infection to any of his band, crew, promoters, their workers and naturally, the followers.”
Clapton is now hoping to renew the tour in Bologna, Italy on Could 20. He has dates booked via June 17 in Tampere, Finland.
Clapton is scheduled to embark on a seven-date U.S. tour this summer season. The trek will kick off on September 8 in Columbus, Ohio and run via September 19 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis.
Eric has been vocal about his stance towards COVID-19 insurance policies and has prior to now refused to play reside reveals that require attendees to show they have been vaccinated.
Clapton criticized the lockdowns instituted world wide within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and stoked worry and conspiracy theories after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Clapton recounted his damaging expertise with the AstraZeneca shot, suggesting the uncomfortable side effects had been so “extreme” that he was afraid that he would “by no means play once more.” He additionally mentioned he was impressed by one other musician-turned-anti-vaccine activist, Van Morrison.
Clapton first made his proclamation towards vaccine mandates in July 2021, shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced that vaccine passes can be required to enter nightclubs and venues within the U.Ok.
Final November, Clapton admitted that he had misplaced pals and music associates attributable to his anti-vaccine stance. He mentioned on the time: “My household and pals assume I’m a crackpot anyway.
“During the last 12 months, there’s been a number of disappearing — a number of mud round, with individuals transferring away fairly shortly,” he continued. “It has, for me, refined the type of friendship I’ve. And it is dwindled all the way down to the those that I clearly actually need and love. Inside my household, that grew to become fairly pivotal … I’ve received teenage women, and an older woman who’s in her 30s — they usually’ve all needed to type of give me leeway as a result of I have not been capable of persuade any of them.”
He added: “I might attempt to attain out to fellow musicians and typically I simply do not hear from them. My cellphone would not ring fairly often. I do not get that many texts and emails anymore.”