The influential British guitarist Eric Clapton that has constantly been on the news during the past two years because of his denial about the gravity of the Pandemic, has now announced new United States tour dates with Jimmie Vaughan as the opening act next September. He had to postpone his next tour dates in Europe because he tested positive for Covid.
These concerts will be the first ones since 2021 when he played a series of concerts in the south of the country and even stated before that he wouldn’t play in places that required the proof of vaccination. Even now with the amount of proofs that the vaccines save millions of lifes Clapton still didn’t apologized for his denialism or recognized he was wrong.
Clapton’s band have Doyle Bramhall II, Paul Carrack, Nathan East, Sonny Emory and Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Katie Kissoon.
Eric Clapton 2022 tour dates with Jimmie Vaughan
- 8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
- 10 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
- 12 – Chicago, IL – United Center
- 13 – Chicago, IL – United Center
- 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
- 18 – New York, NY – MSG
- 19 – New York, NY – MSG
Last year guitarist Robert Cray said they were no longer friends
Legendary Blues guitarist and singer Robert Cray explained in an interview with The Washington Post back in 2021 why he ended his friendship with Eric Clapton and decided to leave Clapton’s tour where he was the opening act back then.
After hearing Clapton/Morrison song “Stand and Deliver”, where the duo sing: “Do you wanna be a free man or do you wanna be a slave? Do you wanna be a free man or do you wanna be a slave? Do you wanna wear these chains until you’re lying in the grave?”, Cray told the Washington Post that he sent an e-mail to Clapton about the lyrics comparing the lockdowns with slavery, “His reaction back to me was that he was referring to slaves from, you know, England from way back,” Cray said.
Cray told Washington Post his next e-mail exchanges with Clapton weren’t good and he simply stopped replying them. A few weeks later he politely send him a message saying he couldn’t be, in good sense, the opening act on Clapton’s upcoming tour anymore.