Clapton Postpones Bangkok

Eric Clapton has nixed his March 2 concert planned for Bangkok because of violence that has plagued Thailand’s capital and largest city.

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Crossroads Guitar Festival, Madison Square Garden Arena, New York City

Promoter BEC-Tero announced the bad news via its website, saying Clapton’s management postponed the show “due to recent events” but didn’t elaborate on what those events might be.

Violence has been escalating in Bangkok as protestors continue urging Prime Minister Yingkluck Shinawatra to resign and that an interim government be appointed to enact reforms aimed at having her family exit politics.  At least 20 people have been killed and more than 700 injured in protest-related violence since November.

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A soldier walks behind the scene of an explosion littered with blood and small pairs of shoes in Bangkok, Thailand.

Acts scheduled to play Bangkok in the coming months include John McLaughlin (March 18), Bruno Mars (March 20), Thirty Seconds To Mars (April 5), Explosions In The Sky (April 29) and Taylor Swift (June 9).