Eric Clapton tests positive for Covid-19, cancels shows
Eric Clapton has been forced to cancel two upcoming shows in Italy and Switzerland after testing positive for Covid-19, according to a Music Radar report.
The outlet adds that Slowhand had just made a triumphant return to the Royal Albert Hall, in which the blues great – whom for a while was even considered God by some – played Layla twice, once on acoustic guitar, once on electric.
The statement says Clapton tested positive following the second night at the Royal Albert Hall.
Clapton, who will have to sit out his 17 May show at Hallenstadion, Zurich, and the following date at the Mediolanum Forum, just outside Milan, it says, he and his team are optimistic that they can schedule alternative dates within the next six months.
Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled shows.
If Clapton’s recovery goes to plan he should make his two-night stint in Bologna which begins on the 20 May.
The statement from Clapton’s camp voiced frustration that he should come down with the virus with the tour machine up and running, “having avoided Covid throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place”.
Clapton had voiced his opposition to lockdowns, travel restrictions and other public health measures. In 2020, he recorded an anti-lockdown protest song, Stand And Deliver, with Van Morrison. He also feared he “would never play again” after experiencing side-effects from the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine that exacerbated his peripheral neuropathy.
Tickets are still available for his remaining European dates and for the US run.