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Eric Clapton cancels shows as he catches Covid amid backlash over anti-vax stand

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Clapton used to refer to the use of vaccinations as “mass education hypnosis”.

Anti-vaccination musician Eric Clapton has had to cancel part of his European tour after contracting the coronavirus while performing in London. Clapton, 76, who previously claimed he suffered serious side effects from his AstraZeneca shot, will not play the Zurich or Milan dates.

He contracted the virus after playing at the Royal Albert Hall on May 8, according to a statement posted to his Facebook page on Monday. According to the statement, “intense internal discussions” led to the decision to cancel his next two gigs in Zurich, with Milan hoping to be able to perform in Bologna on May 20. The musician, who is believed to be fully immunized, earlier this year slammed the global rollout of vaccines as “mass education hypnosis” and produced an anti-lockdown song titled ‘Stand and Deliver’ with Van Morrison in 2020. The statement read: “Eric Clapton is unfortunately suffering from Covid having tested positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall. His medical advisors have told him that if traveling and resuming performances too early could significantly delay his full recovery.”

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It concluded: “It is very frustrating that, having avoided Covid during lockdown and throughout the period that travel restrictions have been in place, Eric should have succumbed to Covid at this point, but we very much hope that he does.” will recover sufficiently by the end of the week to be able to carry out the remainder of the scheduled performances.”

“The shows are scheduled to be rescheduled within the next six months and tickets purchased will remain valid for the new postponed date.”

In an interview with The Real Music Observer’s YouTube channel in January 2018, the 76-year-old singer criticized the use of the vaccine, claiming that subliminal messages hidden in the advertisements were driving people to get the vaccine. He said: “Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me. Then I realized that there really was a memo and a guy, Mattias Desmet [professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium]talked about it.”

“And she’s great. The theory of mass formation hypnosis. And I could see her then. When I started looking for them, I saw them everywhere. Then I remembered seeing little things on YouTube that were like subliminal ads for a long time: this thing with you won’t own anything and you’ll be happy. And I thought, ‘What’s that supposed to mean?’ And piece by piece I put together such a rough puzzle. And that made me even more determined.”

Scientists have largely dismissed crowd education psychosis, which attempts to hypnotize masses of people into following orders against their will.

Clapton explained why he felt compelled to speak out in the first place. He said: “My career was almost over anyway. At the time I spoke up, it had been nearly 18 months since I had been forced into retirement. I hooked up with Van and got the tip that Van was standing up to the measures and I was like ‘why isn’t anyone else doing this’ so I contacted him.”

He said: “I really just disagree. But it seems like we’re not even allowed to do that. And nobody else does. He sent me ‘Stand and Deliver’ which he had already recorded. And while I was talking about it with another musician, getting upset and sharing the news, I found that no one wanted to hear it. I was confused, I seemed to be the only person who found it exciting or even appropriate. I’m cut out of a stuff where when you tell me I can’t do something, I really want to know why.”

He further added, “My family and friends were scared, and I think they were scared for me.”

Clapton also stated that he stopped watching the news because of the one-way traffic over following orders and obeying orders, which aided in his artistic motivation. After expressing his thoughts, the ‘Wonderful Tonight’ hitmaker, father of daughters Ruth, 37, Julie, 20, Ella, 19, and Sophie, 16, added: “‘My family and friends think I’m anyway a weirdo.”

“A lot has disappeared in the last year – a lot of dust around and people have moved away pretty quickly. For me, that has refined the kind of friendship I have. And it’s obviously shrunk down to the people I really need and love. It became pretty central in my family… I have teenage girls and an older girl who is in her thirties – and they all had to give me some leeway because I wasn’t able to convince every one of them. “

Clapton added, “I would try to reach out to other musicians and sometimes I just don’t hear from them. My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get as many texts and emails anymore.”

In a note to his music producer, he explained: “I took the first stitch from AZ [AstraZeneca] and immediately had severe reactions that lasted ten days.” He added, “My hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burned and were pretty much useless for two weeks after using the needle. But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”

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