Eric Church receives COVID-19 vaccine for Billboard magazine cover


Eric Church made a powerful statement on COVID-19 vaccinations this week with a nod to none other than Elvis Presley.

The country singer-songwriter was pictured receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for the cover of the April 3 issue of Billboard magazine. In the accompanying interview, he describes the vaccines as “a divine miracle” and urges fans on both sides of the political spectrum to schedule their jabs as soon as possible.

“It has become very clear to me that the only way to really get back to normal is to get the shot,” the 10-time Grammy nominee said. “You must have needles in your arms.”

The 43-year-old North Carolina native is gearing up for the release of a triple album project, “Heart & Soul,” later this month. He also hopes to be able to return to the stage safely this year – one of the many reasons, he said, is that he is determined to encourage large-scale vaccinations.

“If you think you shouldn’t, I have no problem with that,” said Church, who received a reaction from some fans in 2018 after speaking out in favor of “bona fide gun reform.” sense”. “I am also a freedom guy. I understand. But I see it a little differently than most other things. We have never encountered this.

“I just want to do shows,” he continued. “The job of politics is to divide, that’s how you win elections. The things that unite us are music and sport. The times when, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or whatever, you put your arm around the person next to you.

The Billboard cover photo is a tribute to Presley, who in 1956 was pictured receiving a polio vaccine while he was backstage on “The Ed Sullivan Show”.

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In 1956, Elvis Presley was vaccinated against polio by Dr Leona Baumgartner and Dr Harold Fuerst in New York.

Elsewhere in the interview, Church also shared his thoughts on fellow musician Morgan Wallen, who used the N-word in a swearing-in video in February, prompting radio stations to drop him and his record company to drop it. to suspend.

Even before that, “Saturday Night Live” had canceled Wallen’s scheduled performance last fall after videos surfaced on social media showing him partying without a mask in violation of the show’s coronavirus precautions.

Neither controversy had a lasting impact on Wallen’s album sales. Still, Church told Billboard he was “heartbroken” by the “indefensible” behavior of the “The Voice” alum.

“I think Morgan is trying to work on that and on himself,” he said. “And I hope he will.”


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