Suddenly, all of the southern stops on Clapton’s 2021 tour make total sense. It’s quite noticeable … I was ostracized. “I feared I would never play again. “It’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know,” he added about his theories. “But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.” In May, Clapton used the same “propaganda” argument in an open letter obtained by Rolling Stone, in which he praised conspiratorial-leaning YouTube channels and the work he released with Morrison. My phone doesn’t ring very often. And I could feel that everywhere.”

Clapton reiterated that, although he decided to get a COVID vaccination for the sake of his children, he had “disastrous” reactions to the AstraZeneca vaccine that made him question the inherent good of jabs. Photo: Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic

Maybe the second Van Morrison collab was their breaking point. “I’ve tried to reach out to fellow musicians,” he explained during an interview with YouTube free-speech channel Oracle Films, which, for editorial purposes, we’re going to imagine was, like, Steve Winwood and Jimmy Page. Several months after Eric Clapton first began spreading coronavirus misinformation, which recently culminated in an anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown crusade, the musician admitted that his coterie of famous pals have begun to cut off communication with him. “I just don’t hear from them anymore. I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle,” he added. I don’t get that many texts and emails any more. Related

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