China: Government blocks American rock band over Tibet issue

11 September 2015

Chinese fans of the American rock band Bon Jovi have been given a taste of bad medicine after authorities pulled the plug on plans for the group’s first concerts in the country.

The band were scheduled to perform in Shanghai Monday 14 September 2015 and in Beijing the following Thursday.

It is believed the concerts were scrapped because the band used an image of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop at a gig in Taiwan in 2010, the Financial Times reported.

The Financial Times reported the Communist party’s Culture Ministry acted after discovering Bon Jovi had performed in front of a picture of the Tibetan monk at a 2010 concert in Taiwan, and had previously tweeted about the spiritual leader.

Similar incidents
Bon Jovi are not the first to have shows cancelled in China after showing support for the Dalai Lama. In July, Maroon 5 had their Shanghai concerts cancelled, reportedly because of a happy birthday message on Twitter from one of the band members to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

In 2009, Oasis were forced to cancel shows because Noel Gallagher had performed at a Free Tibet concert in New York.

» Sourced through from:

» Financial Times (subscription only) – 8 September 2015:
Bon Jovi fans shot through the heart as China cancels concerts

» BBC News – 8 September 2015:
Bon Jovi’s first gigs in China cancelled by officials

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