Guitar legend Eric Clapton blames COVID-19 vaccine “propaganda” for the “disastrous” side effects that made him fear he could never play his instrument again.
The “Wonderful Tonight” singer got his first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine in February and experienced “severe reactions” that lasted ten days. In a letter to Robin Monotti, who shared their correspondence with permission, as verified by Rolling Stone Magazine, Clapton wrote, “I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one.
But Clapton got the second dose sooner than expected and the brutal side effects nearly ended his career. “About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say, the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb, or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again,” he said.
Clapton blames vaccine “propaganda” for claiming the shot was acceptable for universal use. He believes he was misled, as he suffers from peripheral neuropathy. The condition causes weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage that typically affects the person’s hands and feet. I “should never have gone near the needle,” he wrote. But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
Clapton also discussed discovering like-minded “heroes” that opposed the worldwide pandemic lockdown. “I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know,” he mentioned.
“Then I was directed to Van [Morrison]; that’s when I found my voice, and even though I was singing his words, they echoed in my heart,” he wrote. “I recorded ‘Stand and Deliver in 2020, and was immediately regaled with contempt and scorn.”
He describes the song as “not aggressive or provocative, it just asks ‘Where have all the rebels gone? Hiding behind their computer screens. Where’s the spirit, where is the soul. Where have all the rebels gone,’” he remarked.
I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now,” Clapton concluded. “But I also crave fellowship, compassion and love… I believe with these things we can prevail.”