Eric Clapton has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 77-year-old music legend – who has previously told how he has lost friends and music buddies due to his anti-lockdown stance – has postponed a number of his European gigs after testing positive for COVID, but it is hoped that it will be “sufficiently recovered” by the end of the week.
A post on his Facebook page read: “Shows postponed in Zurich and Milan
Eric Clapton unfortunately suffers from Covid after testing positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall. His medical advisers told him that if he were to start traveling and performing again too soon, it could significantly delay his full recovery. Eric is also keen to avoid transmitting any infection to any of his bands, crews, promoters, their staff and of course the fans.
So, after intense internal discussions, it has been decided with great regret and apologies to all concerned to postpone the performances in Zurich on May 17 and Milan on May 18, with the current hope being to be able to resume the tour in starting with concerts. in Bologna on May 20 and 21.
It is very frustrating that having avoided Covid throughout the lockdown and throughout the time travel restrictions have been in place, Eric has succumbed to Covid at this point but we really hope he recovers sufficiently by the end of the week to be able to carry out the rest of the scheduled performances.
A further announcement will be made regarding the rescheduling of postponed shows once suitable dates can be identified.
Shows must be rescheduled within the next 6 months and tickets purchased will remain valid for the new rescheduled date. (sic)”
The ‘Tears in Heaven’ hitmaker – which was dubbed – performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 7-8.
Both shows were originally scheduled to play in May 2021, but had to be postponed due to COVID.
Eric previously pledged not to perform at shows where proof of coronavirus immunization is required to attend, despite being vaccinated.
And his controversial views on the pandemic and his association with Van Morrison on the anti-lockdown protest song, “Stand and Deliver”, have led some of the star’s friends and peers to snub him.
In November, Eric – who is the father of daughters Ruth, 37, Julie, 20, Ella, 19 and Sophie, 17 – said: “My family and friends think I’m a weirdo anyway.
“Over the past year there have been a lot of disappearances – a lot of dust around, with people moving away pretty quickly.
“It has, for me, honed the kind of friendship I have.
“And it boiled down to the people I really need and love.
“Within my family, it became quite crucial…I have teenage girls and an older daughter in her thirties – and they all had to give me some leeway because I couldn’t convince none of them.
“I was trying to reach out to other musicians and sometimes I just don’t hear from them.
“My phone doesn’t ring very often anymore. I don’t get as many texts and emails anymore.”
In February 2021, Eric admitted he feared he would never play the guitar again after his hands and feet were “frozen, numb or burning” and “pretty much useless” for two weeks after receiving a vaccine COVID.
He said: “My hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks.
“I was afraid of never playing again.”
Clapton had previously admitted that his and Morrison’s anthem had given him a place to express his “contempt and contempt”.
He wrote at the time: “I continue to walk the path of passive rebellion and try to toe the line so that I can actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I know now. .
“Then I was directed to Van [Morrison]; it was there that I found my voice, and even though I sang its lyrics, they resonated in my heart… I recorded ‘Stand and Deliver’ in 2020, and was immediately regaled with scorn and contempt . (sic)”