Eric Clapton plays venue with vax mandate despite saying he wouldn’t

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Despite vowing to by no means carry out at any venue that required a COVID-19 vaccination for entry, Eric Clapton did precisely that on Saturday night time. 

This weekend, the rock legend and vaccine critic did a present at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, the place — in accordance with metropolis rules — all employees and attendees over the age of 12 are required to point out proof of at the very least their first COVID-19 vaccine shot or be capable to current a unfavourable COVID take a look at taken previously 72 hours, Rolling Stone reported. 

“Masks will also be required at all times other than when actively eating or drinking,” the Smoothie King’s web site notes, earlier than including that “FREE vaccines are readily available at health centers and pharmacies in every community,” alongside a linked listing of places.

A review of the 14-song show posted Sunday by the Times-Picayune newspaper — in an try to make sense of Clapton’s determination to alter course and carry out on the venue — provided that the “test result loophole apparently allowed Clapton to, in good conscience, perform at the Smoothie King Center.”

Clapton’s representatives didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for remark concerning the present, which was was the venue’s first live performance in 18 months. 

“Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton, 76, stated in a July assertion via the Telegram app account of Italian architect Robin Monotti, who has taken a public stance towards vaccine necessities. 

The assertion was printed alongside a hyperlink to Clapton’s anti-lockdown track, “Stand and Deliver,” written with Van Morrison, 75. The lyrics embody the road: “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?”

Clapton, despite being loudly towards vaccine mandates, acquired the AstraZeneca shot in February. He claimed he suffered such immense unintended effects on account of it that he feared he’d “never play again.”