Guitar legend Eric Clapton, who has been campaigning in opposition to coronavirus vaccines, is bankrolling an anti-vaccine rock group that claims to advocate “medical choice.”
The veteran musician donated about $1,300 and use of his touring van to the U.Okay. group Jam for Freedom, whose lyrics embody, “You can stick your poison vaccine up your arse.” Clapton additionally forked over an undisclosed sum so the band might purchase a brand new van, Rolling Stone reported Sunday.
Clapton, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who’s taken high-profile positions spreading skepticism about coronavirus immunization and security protocols, popped up together with his money donation on Jam for Freedom’s GoFundMe page final spring. The band performs public concert events at no cost.
Jam for Freedom founder Cambel McLaughlin at first thought the Clapton entry was a joke, however he advised Rolling Stone he bought a textual content from Slowhand himself.
“It was something complimentary, along the lines of, ‘Hey, it’s Eric — great work you’re doing,’” McLaughlin advised the journal.
The two ultimately linked by cellphone and Clapton supplied his touring van and an undisclosed chunk of money so the band might buy new wheels. He additionally mentioned he would possibly sit in with the group at one level.
Clapton made information in July by declaring he wouldn’t carry out at venues the place vaccines are required. He known as the mandate discriminatory, defying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s order that live performance websites and nightclubs require proof of inoculation. He later appeared to create an anti-vaccine tune.
Clapton obtained two AstraZeneca vaccine doses, however mentioned he suffered “disastrous” weekslong unwanted side effects.
He lately appeared to interrupt his vow of canceling reveals that require vaccination. He performed to a crowd in New Orleans the place no less than one shot or a damaging COVID take a look at was required.