Moscow (Reuters): Rock guitar legend Eric Clapton has cancelled
a concert in Moscow after officials withdrew his permit to perform
on the city's landmark Red Square, he said on his Web site. Clapton
had been due to play before 20,000 Russian fans on Thursday,
rounding off the European leg of his world tour, but the show fell
through at the weekend.
''Eric Clapton is extremely sorry to disappoint his numerous
Russian fans but the circumstances of the cancellation are
completely beyond his control,'' Clapton, 61, said in a statement.
Clapton is the second big rock act to cancel in Russia this year.
The Rolling Stones called off a June concert in St Petersburg to
let guitarist Keith Richards recover from a head injury suffered
when he fell out of a palm tree in Fiji.