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Clapton has odd fans in high places

Friday 18 February 2011, 12:05AM

While North Koreans "celebrated" the 69th birthday of "Dear father" Kim Jong-Il, in freezing weather, one of his sons was rather warmer, bopping at a concert in Singapore by British guitarist Eric Clapton, a South Korean intelligence official said this week.

The official, who declined to be identified, confirmed news reports in Seoul of the visit by Kim Jong-Chol, second son of the leader of the hardline communist state.

Jong-Chol, wearing black pants and a T-shirt, was seen cheering and swaying among fans at Monday’s performance in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Chosun Ilbo newspaper said.

TV video footage showed a man resembling Jong-Chol entering the stadium, accompanied by some 20 people including bodyguards and women carrying bouquets. He took pictures in front of the stage and chatted with a female companion.

Jong-Chol and his entourage arrived in Singapore early this month and checked into a smart hotel, Chosun said.


Sporting ear piercings, he toured a Universal Studios theme park and Underwater World and bought expensive jewellery, it said, adding that he flew home via Beijing after attending the concert and buying T-shirts.

Jong-Chol, 30, has been passed over as leader-in-waiting in favour of his younger brother Jong-Un. Their father considered Jong-Chol too effeminate, according to a report by a former sushi chef to the leader.

He reportedly last attended Clapton concerts in 2006 when he followed the British star’s performances in four German cities, accompanied by his apparent girlfriend or wife – and North Korean bodyguards. – AFP



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