I've got at least one thing in common with Eric Clapton, but unfortunately for me it isn't an ability to play wicked guitar.
We both got the AstraZeneca vaccine.
I guess that's where the similarities end, though, because I suffered no symptoms from my first jab of the controversial AZ, whereas Slowhand had some major complaints.
His issues were published yesterday in a Rolling Stone article that shared his thoughts from a letter he wrote to his friend, London-based architect and anti-lockdown activist Robin Monotti Graziadei.
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days," wrote Clapton. "I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one….
“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, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone…”
Clapton's concerns over vaccines and COVID-related "propaganda" are nothing new. In December of last year, two months before getting the first of his two AZ shots, he appeared on Van Morrison's anti-lockdown song "Stand and Deliver":
That tune kinda sucked, though, so most people with half a brain kept their masks on.
When I get my second shot of AstraZeneca in August I'm praying that my reaction is the total opposite of Clapton's: that it unfreezes my hands and turns me into a nimble-fingered guitar legend!
Or maybe I'll just leave God out of it and see if the devil's making any vaccine deals down at the crossroads: