Bon Jovi, The Who hit by tour cancellations

9 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

“If you want to watch foreign artists’ concerts, you’d better go to Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore,” a user named changqingteng said..

Bon Jovi’s concerts in China have been cancelled mysteriously – a week before they were due to take place – after government officials reportedly objected to the band’s use of an image of the Dalai Lama during a concert in Taiwan five years ago.

Promoters of Bon Jovi’s upcoming shows in Asia said they are being canceled for “unforeseen reasons.” AEG Live Asia said in a statement Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 that refunds will be offered for shows scheduled for Sept. 14 in Shanghai and Sept. 17 in Beijing.(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) (The Associated Press) AEG Live Asia declined to give the reason for the cancellation, but said in a statement Tuesday that refunds will be offered for shows scheduled Sept. 14 in Shanghai and Sept. 17 in Beijing. Buses in the capital had carried adverts for the gigs, and Bon Jovi recorded one of China’s most famous love songs, in Mandarin, posting it on their YouTube account on Chinese Valentine’s Day in August to promote the shows. The ruling Communist Party is sensitive to any perceived support from foreign governments and celebrities for the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who they denounce as a separatist.

A recently released video shows Jon Bon Jovi singing a famous Chinese love ballad from the 1970s in Mandarin, adding to the buzz in China around this tour. Chinese fans expressed their disappointment and anger on social media, with some complaining that they had booked airline tickets and time off work to see the concerts.

China’s communist party on Tuesday held vast celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet autonomous region, with a senior official vowing “intensive efforts to fight against separatism”. Authorities tightened scrutiny over foreign musicians performing in China after Icelandic singer Bjork shouted “Tibet, Tibet” following a song called “Declare Independence” at a Shanghai performance in 2008. The announcement of the Bon Jovi cancellations came on the same day as the Communist Party held grand celebrations in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa to mark 50 years since it established Tibet as an ethnic autonomous region firmly under Beijing’s control.

China claims Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries and that Beijing’s tight control is draining them of their culture and identity. And our disappointment? “Every country has different cultures, would you demand every artist who comes to China to perform to be a Communist Party member??

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