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Out-spoken anti-vaxxer Eric Clapton played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, effectively breaking his vow to never play a show that has a vaccine mandate.
Clapton released several songs during the COVID-19 pandemic with politically charged messages, in regards to the media, the public and certain governments’ response to the pandemic.
After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced vaccine passes would be required to enter venues and nightclubs throughout the country, Clapton wrote, “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honour bound to make an announcement of my own: I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present.”
The venue followed New Orleans’ safety procedures requiring all staff and concert goers, to either prove they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or provide a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event. The venue also insisted that fans must wear a mask while not eating or drinking.
Clapton seems to have had his ideals backed into a corner, as much of the music industry has embraced the same measures to ensure safe concerts and experiences for fans.
Clapton is scheduled to play at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 21, which will also require proof of a vaccine and a negative COVID-19 test for entry starting in October.