The rock legend claimed that a “disastrous” reaction to the blow left him afraid of “never playing again” – a circumstance he blamed on “propaganda. [that] said the vaccine was safe for everyone.
The 76-year-old British singer-guitarist dropped the bombshell in a letter to anti-lockdown architect / activist Robin Monotti Graziadei after he received his hit on AstraZeneca in February, Rolling Stone reported. Correspondence was shared by Graziadei with permission from Clapton.
“I took AZ’s first jab and immediately had a severe reaction that lasted ten days. I finally recovered and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second…. the triple Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer wrote in the letter.
Clapton added that he was offered the second blow six weeks later, which he accepted despite his initial reaction as he had “a little more knowledge about the dangers.”
However, the former member of ‘Derek and the Dominos’ and’ The Yardbirds’ continued, ‘Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and virtually useless for two. weeks, I feared I would never play again.
Clapton added that he “should never have come near the needle” due to his “peripheral neuropathy,” but the “propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone. “
The Grammy winner “Tears in Heaven” also stressed that he is not a sheep.
“I continue to follow the path of passive rebellion and try to draw the line so that I can actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I know now,” the singer wrote of ” Layla ”.
The rocker’s letter also praised “heroes” like anti-lockdown British politician Desmond Swayne, as well as what many consider COVID conspiracy theorists on YouTube.
Rolling Stone said they confirmed the letter’s authenticity – but a representative for Clapton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, AstraZenaca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the WHO and is available in the UK and the European Union. However, the United States has yet to give the green light for use of the vaccine, which has been linked to blood clots in the past.
This is not the first time that Clapton has publicly denounced the coronavirus measures. Last December, the rock star collaborated on Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown song “Stand and Deliver” in December 2020, which brought the two artists face to face with music online, according to the letter.
However, the guitarist of “Cream” will not go back on his anti-quarantine position.
“I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which we have now,” Clapton wrote. “But I also yearn for brotherhood, compassion and love… I believe that with these things we can triumph.”