Guitar legend Eric Clapton, who has been campaigning towards coronavirus vaccines, is bankrolling an anti-vaccine rock group that claims to advocate “medical alternative.”
The veteran musician donated about $1,300 and use of his touring van to the U.Okay. group Jam for Freedom, whose lyrics embody, “You’ll be able to stick your poison vaccine up your arse.” Clapton additionally forked over an undisclosed sum so the band may purchase a brand new van, Rolling Stone reported Sunday.
Clapton, a Rock and Roll Corridor of Famer who’s taken high-profile positions spreading skepticism about coronavirus immunization and security protocols, popped up together with his money donation on Jam for Freedom’s GoFundMe web page final spring. The band performs public concert events free of charge.
Jam for Freedom founder Cambel McLaughlin at first thought the Clapton entry was a joke, however he instructed Rolling Stone he bought a textual content from Slowhand himself.
“It was one thing complimentary, alongside the strains of, ‘Hey, it’s Eric — nice work you’re doing,’” McLaughlin instructed the journal.
The 2 ultimately related by cellphone and Clapton provided his touring van and an undisclosed chunk of money so the band may buy new wheels. He additionally mentioned he may sit in with the group at one level.
Clapton made information in July by declaring he wouldn’t carry out at venues the place vaccines are required. He referred to as the mandate discriminatory, defying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s order that live performance websites and nightclubs require proof of inoculation. He later appeared to create an anti-vaccine track.
Clapton obtained two AstraZeneca vaccine doses, however mentioned he suffered “disastrous” weekslong unintended effects.
He lately appeared to interrupt his vow of canceling exhibits that require vaccination. He performed to a crowd in New Orleans the place a minimum of one shot or a unfavorable COVID take a look at was required.