On Saturday evening, Eric Clapton took the stage on the Smoothie King Heart in New Orleans. This occasion is notable not simply because it alerted us to the actual fact that there’s a music venue referred to as “Smoothie King,” however as a result of by doing do, the musician and public-health skeptic successfully undid the ridiculous stance he took on Covid vaccines earlier this 12 months.
Whereas the remainder of the music business has embraced vaccine mandates as the one approach of guaranteeing protected concert events, Clapton has taken the other tack, vowing never to perform at a venue that requires proof of vaccination.
He broke that absurd promise by enjoying Smoothie King, which, according to its website, is following New Orleans rules that require all ticketholders 12 and above, in addition to workers and individuals, to both show they’ve obtained a minimum of one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine or present a unfavorable take a look at taken inside 72 hours. Furthermore, they need to put on a masks whereas not consuming or ingesting.
Clapton made his grand proclamation in opposition to vaccine mandates in July, shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced that vaccine passes could be required to enter nightclubs and venues within the U.Ok. “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the nineteenth of July 2021 I really feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my very own,” he wrote. “I want to say that I cannot carry out on any stage the place there’s a discriminated viewers current. Except there may be provision made for all folks to attend, I reserve the appropriate to cancel the present.”
Clapton, who was beforehand well-known for his ability as a guitarist, has spent the previous 12 months complaining about Covid-19 rules, vaccinations, and touring mandates. First, he teamed up with Van Morrison for anti-lockdown tracks “Stand and Deliver” and “The Rebels,” earlier than releasing his personal music, “This Has Gotta Stop.” The musician is vaccinated, however famously regretted that decision, expounding upon the supposedly “disastrous” unintended effects he stated he suffered. (Possibly he ought to begin a band with Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend?)
A consultant for Clapton didn’t instantly reply to Rolling Stone‘s request for remark, however maybe the singer has had a change of coronary heart. Or, extra seemingly, adhering to the strict guidelines he rashly set for his tour would imply canceling a number of deliberate dates. In spite of everything, his subsequent scheduled present, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Enviornment, now requires both vaccine or a unfavorable take a look at for entry.