Rock icon Eric Clapton has been invited to play a concert in North Korea, an official of that country has announced to TheSpoof. If he accepts, it could open the door for other has-been Prog Rock musicians to make a comeback.
Clapton, now 73 years old, would be the oldest living Western rock has-been to visit the country, and, despite having been forgotten about in the West, he apparently still has many fans in the Far East who can bear to play his records.
The invitation to play in Pyongyang comes shortly after the New York Philharmonic Orchestra played a gig there earlier this week. Members of the audience at that performance labelled it "boring" and "sleep-inducing", and the Communist government has now "upped the stakes" somewhat.
It's thought that an appearance by Clapton could well pave the way for other Prog Rock bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Rush and Van Der Graaf Generator to play in North Korea. The authorities there are also known to be interested in Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues, but have stopped short of mentioning Rick Wakeman.
Kim Jong Chol, the son of the country's leader Kim Jong Il, is a Clapton fan, whereas his father is believed to be a connoisseur of the Sex Pistols.