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Eric Clapton cancels Thailand gig amid civil unrest

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Feb 26, 2014 | 4:15pm EST

Eric Clapton has cancelled a gig in Bangkok following increased civil unrest in the Thai capital. The veteran rocker was slated to perform in the Southeast Asian city on Saturday (01Mar14), but has officially called off the show. A statement released by local concert organisers at BEC-Tero Entertainment reads: "Due to recent events, Eric Clapton's management has decided to postpone his Bangkok concert this Sunday... He (Clapton) looks forward to playing in Bangkok in the future." Political protests have been growing increasingly violent since the crisis began last November (13). Reports suggest at least 21 people have been killed and over 700 more have been injured in clashes between anti-government protesters and local police, as civilians have been rallying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ruling Pheu Thai Party. As of late, gun battles between the two opposing sides have become more frequent, leading to the possibility of a civil war. Clapton has not announced a date to reschedule the scrapped gig, and will continue his tour in Asia in Singapore on Tuesday (04Mar14). He is not the only rocker to pull out of shows due to political unrest - Depeche Mode scrapped their Wednesday night (26Feb14) date in Kiev following a week of violence in the Ukraine capital.

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