Clapton, who has been very vocal about his opposition to lockdown restrictions and vaccinations as of late, said earlier this month that he will not perform at gigs where a proof of coronavirus vaccination is required.
“I love Eric Clapton, he’s my hero, but he has very different views from me in many ways,” the guitarist said. “He’s a person who thinks it’s OK to shoot animals for fun, so we have our disagreements, but I would never stop respecting the man.”
He continued: “Anti-vax people, I’m sorry, I think they’re fruitcakes. There’s plenty of evidence to show that vaccination helps. On the whole they’ve been very safe. There’s always going to be some side effect in any drug you take, but to go around saying vaccines are a plot to kill you, I’m sorry, that goes in the fruitcake jar for me.”
Following the announcement, Clapton shared a statement on Italian architect and film producer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account.
“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. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”
Meanwhile, May has said he’s thinking about leaving London after torrential rain in the capital recently caused his basement to flood, destroying a number of his and his wife’s most personal possessions.