Eric Clapton breaks his own rule, performs for vax crowd in New Orleans

The Smoothie King Center requires vaccine verification for attendees 12 and over
Eric Clapton
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After speaking out about not playing at venues that have imposed a vaccine mandate for audience members, Eric Clapton has broken his own rule.

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On Saturday, the English guitarist was lighting up on social media, as he was seen taking the stage at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center.

On the venue’s website, it's stated that the Louisiana performance center adheres to local guidelines, requiring all ticket-holders age 12 and over to show proof of having at least one dose of a vaccine, or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

In July, when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mandated vaccine requirements at crowded performance venues, the artist spoke out about refusing to perform in spaces that mandated proof of vaccination.

The 76-year-old said, “I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show.”

According to, Clapton has performed 160 shows since 2011. At an average of 16 shows a year, the chance to see Eric Clapton in concert was already slim.

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