It was announced on 28 July 2006 that the 3 August concert in Red Square was cancelled. Eric's publicist issued the following statement:
Unfortunately the Eric Clapton performance scheduled to take place on 3 August 2006 in Red Square, Moscow has been cancelled.
Eric Clapton was delighted at the prospect of playing in Red Square before 20,000 of his Russian fans. The Russian promoter had been issued a permit for Eric Clapton to perform in Red Square signed by all appropriate Russian City and State authorities. However, earlier today (28 July), Russian officials withdrew the permit.
Eric Clapton is extremely sorry to disappoint his numerous Russian fans but the circumstances of the cancellation are completely beyond his control. Ticket-holders should return their tickets to the box offices where they purchased the tickets for a refund.