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Eric Clapton postpones shows after being diagnosed with COVID-19; announces North American 2022 fall tour dates

Eric Clapton has postponed shows in Zurich, Switzerland and Milan, Italy after contracting COVID-19.  Clapton was set to perform in Zurich on Tuesday, May 17th and Milan on Wednesday, May 18th, but those dates will be rescheduled after the legendary guitarist tested positive shortly after his second concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday, May 8th.  Rescheduled dates will be announced once they’re available, but confirms the shows are being planned within the next six months. Tickets will be valid for the newly announced dates.

A statement via Clapton’s social media pages read: “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.”

Clapton has also announced seven new North American dates for September 2022, which will kick off on September 8th in Columbus, OH with stops in Detroit, Pittsburgh and two nights each in Chicago and New York City. The shows will feature Jimmie Vaughan as special guest.  Tickets for the newly announced North American dates go on sale Friday, May 20th.  For a full list of tour dates and ticketing information, head to Clapton’s website.

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