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News on Eric Clapton, Steve Reich, Concert For Bangladesh

Eric Clapton's planned Aug. 3 concert in Moscow's Red Square has been canceled. According to a spokesperson, the local promoter pulled the permit for the gig, although it had already been signed off on by city and state authorities. Refunds are available at points of purchase.

The Moscow show was to have closed Clapton's summer European tour. Instead, the last date will be Monday (July 31) in Helsinki. A North American outing with Robert Cray will get underway Sept. 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Nonesuch will on Sept. 26 release a five-disc boxed set featuring 14 of Steve Reich's pieces, highlighted by "Music for 18 Musicians," "Electric Counterpoint," "Drumming," "Different Trains," "Come Out," "The Desert Music" and "Tehillim."

The release is tied to the extensive celebration of Reich's 70th birthday, which,
as previously reported, will run throughout October at several New York venues. Reich will team with his group, the Musicians, to perform "Music for 18 Musicians" Oct. 21 at Carnegie Hall.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

New York's Madison Square Garden will mark will the 35th Anniversary of George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh by installing a permanent plaque in the famed arena's "Walk of Fame." The plaque will be presented to Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison, in a special ceremony on Aug. 1 to commemorate the anniversary.

This plaque will be set alongside music legends such as the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. The presentation will mark the first time in Garden history that a concert or event is honored on the "Walk of Fame."

The Concert for Bangladesh supported relief efforts by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. Harrison persuaded such friends and fellow musicians as Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Badfinger and Eric Clapton to perform at the benefit, which he arranged in just five weeks. The show is considered the first-ever star-studded benefit concert, well preceding such mega-events as Live Aid, Farm Aid and Live 8.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville