The government connected to the US and advised that the gig could help persuade Kim Jong-il to allow aid into the country.
According to the Guardian, "A performance could be an opportunity to build goodwill".
It went on: "Arranging an Eric Clapton concert in Pyongyang could be useful, given Kim Jong-il's second son's devotion to the rock legend".
North Korea said, "The concert could be part of a cultural exchange between the communist nation and the west".
Report to the Clapton had "in principle" agreed to a gig, after his representatives released a denying statement that he held to the part the plan later turn down apart.