Oasis Barred from China over Free Tibet ConcertMarch 3rd, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by GD
The band Oasis revealed that they have been barred from performing in China because they had played at a Free Tibet concert over 12 years ago. The brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher said that two shows slated in April have been canceled and they will not be able to debut in China.
In a statement the band said, “The Chinese authorities’ action is canceling these shows marks a reversal of their decision regarding the band, which has left both Oasis and the promoters bewildered.” Chinese authorities however denied having barred the band because of their earlier gig at the Free Tibet concert and blamed financial issues with the local promoters for the cancellation. The accusations coincide with an anniversary of a failed uprising against China which saw the Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama flee to India in exile.
Noel Gallagher had performed at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York in 1997 and had belted out five of the band’s hits in front of a giant blue and yellow Tibetan flag that is now banned in China. The statement from Oasis also said, “Officials within the Chinese Ministry of Culture only recently discovered that Noel Gallagher appeared at a Free Tibet Concert …and have now deemed the band are consequently unsuitable to perform.”
However, Sun Qiuxia, an official from China’s Ministry of Culture said that the government did not revoke Oasis’ license to perform and there were no official statements released to confirm the cancellation. Luo Xiaochuan, a spokesperson for the Chinese promoter of the canceled concert said that the economic crisis and not the Tibet controversy had caused the concert to be shelved.
Oasis, however, maintained that the government had ordered all ticket sales to be stopped and refunded those who had already bought the tickets.
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