Eric Clapton Tests Positive for COVID-19, Postpones Tour Dates in Zurich and Milan

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On Monday, the social media pages belonging to Eric Clapton shared an update with fans, announcing that the legendary guitarist/singer has had to postpone some upcoming tour dates after testing positive for COVID-19 — specifically, shows in Zurich and Milan.

Eric Clapton is unfortunately suffering from Covid having tested positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He has been told by his medical advisors that if he were to resume traveling and performing too soon, it could substantially delay his full recovery. Eric is also anxious to avoid passing on any infection to any of his band, crew, Promoters, their staff and of course the fans.

So, after intensive internal discussion, it has been decided with great regret and apologies to all those concerned to postpone the performances in Zurich on 17th May and Milan on 18th May, the present hope being to be able to resume the tour starting with the concerts in Bologna on 20th and 21st May.

It is very frustrating that having avoided Covid throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place Eric should have succumbed to Covid at this point in time, but we very much hope he will be sufficiently recovered by the end of the week to be able to perform the remainder of the planned performances.

A further announcement will be made concerning the rescheduling of the postposed shows once suitable dates can be identified.

The shows are due to be rescheduled within the next 6 months and tickets purchased will remain valid for the new rescheduled date.

This news comes after a particularly newsworthy stretch for Clapton, noted by his outspoken statements regarding vaccine mandates and travel restrictions placed upon individuals in Europe and the U.K. He penned an anti-vaccine protest anthem, “This Has Gotta Stop,” in addition to linking up with Van Morrison for a series of anti-lockdown anthems in late 2020.

Should “Slowhand” test negative, his European tour will resume on May 20 in Bologna (click here for his full tour schedule).

Eric Clapton recently also announced some U.S. tour dates with Jimmy Vaughan for the fall. Clapton’s backing band for the run will feature Doyle Bramhall II, Paul Carrack, Nathan East, Sonny Emory and Chris Stainton with Sharon White and Katie Kissoon on backing vocals.

Sept. 8 – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Sept. 10 – Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Sept. 12 – Chicago, IL United Center
Sept. 13 – Chicago, IL United Center
Sept. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Sept. 18 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sept. 19 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden


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