Brian Could have lengthy admired Eric Clapton’s skills as a musician, however, he attracts the road in relation to the “Tears in Heaven” singer’s views on COVID-19 vaccines.
In an interview with The Unbiased printed Saturday, the Queen guitarist criticized Clapton, who in July vowed to not carry out the place proof of vaccinations are required.
“I really like Eric Clapton, he’s my hero, however, he has very totally different views from me in some ways,” Could mention. “He’s an individual who thinks it’s OK to shoot animals for enjoyable, so now we have our disagreements, however, I might by no means cease respecting the person.”
Concerning those that basically oppose the vaccine, Could mention, “Anti-vax individuals, I’m sorry, I feel they’re fruitcakes. There’s loads of proof to point out that vaccination helps.”
“On the entire, they’ve been very protected,” he added. “There’s all the time going to be some aspect impact in any drug you’re taking, however, to go round saying vaccines are a plot to kill you, I’m sorry, that goes within the fruitcake jar for me.”
Elsewhere within the Unbiased interview, Could argue that it “would have been not possible for anybody to make worse selections” concerning COVID-19 than British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Clapton has actively railed towards vaccines and different COVID-19 security protocols in the latest months. Final 12 months, he appeared on Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown music “Stand and Ship,” which options the lyrics: “Do you wanna be a free man, or do you wanna be a slave?”
In Could, the 17-time Grammy winner detailed his “disastrous” well-being expertise after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination and blamed “the propaganda” for overstating its security. And final month, he declared plans to cancel his forthcoming performances at venues that require attendees to offer proof of vaccination for entry.
“I want to say that I cannot carry out on any stage the place there’s a discriminated viewer current,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Until there may be provision made for all individuals to attend, I reserve the fitting to cancel the present.”
Followers blasted the previous Cream guitarist’s vaccine stance on social media, with many reminding him of racist and xenophobic feedback he’s made prior to now.
Clapton is slated to embark on a U.S. tour subsequent month, with concert events scheduled in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.