Eric Clapton Releases Anti-COVID-19 Vaccination Song
The 18-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist Eric Clapton is using his platform to voice his stance against COVID-19 vaccinations, lockdowns, and global warming. The legendary rocker just released new single “This Has Gotta Stop” that expresses his position regarding the pandemic and its impact on everyday life. After getting his first vaccine shot in February and second dose six week later, Clapton penned a letter to Italian architect and anti-lockdown activist Robin Monotti Graziadei indicating his side effects after getting the second dose of the AstraZeneca shot. Clapton said he had a “disastrous” reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine and blamed “propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone;” clearly to him this wasn’t the case, leaving the singer/songwriter fearing he’d “never play again.”
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one,” Clapton said in a letter to Graziadei, who shared the letter with Clapton’s permission.
The blues-inspired tune written by Clapton makes several references to the side effects that Clapton experienced after his vaccination. He states that the results were “disastrous.”
From “This Has Gotta Stop”:
I knew that something was going on wrong
When you started laying down the law
I can’t move my hands, I break out in sweat
I wanna cry, I can’t take it anymore.
In the chorus he sings:
This has gotta stop
Enough is enough
I can’t take this BS any longer.
The animated video, which has nearly a half million YouTube views in its first 24 hours, depicts people protesting with references to government control over the population. The four-minute video also shows the influence of the media and its effect on people. The second half of the video makes reference to global warming and what impact it will have on future generations. Clapton, who has three daughters, with the youngest 16, is clear with his message about his concern for the planet and the quality of life for his children.
Clapton’s upcoming U.S. tour is slated for a September 13 start in Fort Worth, Texas, will take place at mostly indoor venues, and will end September 26 in Florida.