Delingpole: Eric Clapton Is the New Punk

English singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton performs on stage during a concert at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, on June 6, 2019. (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo credit should read GEORG HOCHMUTH/AFP via Getty Images)

Eric Clapton is the new Punk. So say Right Said Fred and I’m with them all the way.

The 30-million record-selling Freds (aka Fred and Richard Fairbrass, best known for their global number one single I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt) are referring to the veteran bluesman’s principled stand against vaccine passport tyranny.

Musicians Eric Clapton (L) and Mark King perform at The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala 2010 supported by Novae at the Royal Albert Hall on November 17, 2010 in London, England. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Clapton has announced he will not play to any audience where being vaccinated (‘discriminated’, as he puts it) is a requirement. This was a response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest policy, announced via his sinister Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi, whereby people will need vaccine passports to attend events like music gigs and club nights.

He has stated:

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. Eric Clapton.

Though Clapton has himself been double-vaccinated he has expressed regrets about having done so.

He wrote:

“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days, I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one…,” Clapton wrote.

“About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers,” he continued. “Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone….”

Clapton’s principled, anti-Establishment stand is in marked contrast to those of many younger musicians, such as the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl who has happily acceded to vaccine Apartheid for his audiences.

With delicious poetic justice, this policy came back to haunt the grunge band last week when they decided to cancel a show in Los Angeles because of a ‘confirmed Covid 19 case within the Foo Fighters organization.’ But if vaccines offer such great protection why was this necessary?

Speaking recently on the Delingpod podcast, the Freds deplored how astonishingly few musicians are resisting Covid tyranny. Those who have spoken out against vaccine passports tend to be of a certain age. They include: Ian Brown of the Stone Roses; Van Morrison; Jim Corr (from The Corrs); Morrissey; dance DJ Danny Rampling; and, of course, Right Said Fred.

The silence for younger stars of the music industry has been deafening. Probably the closest thing we have to the younger generation of musicians taking a stand is this track ‘Don’t Tek Di Vaccine’ by rapper Remeece.

Health warning: it’s outrageously catchy…

James Delingpole is the host of the Delingpod podcast


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