Eric Clapton performs at venue that requires vaccination
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Eric Clapton, an outspoken critic of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, apparently broke his vow not to perform at any venue requiring audience members to get their shots.

The English musician was seen in social media posts taking to the stage on Saturday for a concert at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.


A website for the Louisiana venue says it adheres to local guidelines that require all ticket-holders age 12 and older to show proof of having received at least one dose of a vaccine, or evidence of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

In July, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that vaccination requirements would be enforced at crowded venues, the "Layla" singer said he would refuse to hold concerts anywhere vaccines were mandated.

“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present," Clapton, 76, said.

“Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton said at the time.

Clapton released "This Has Gotta Stop," a song seemingly critical of lockdowns and public health measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, last month.