The restrictive hand of Chinese politics has forced the cancellation of Oasis‘ first-ever concerts in April.
The British rockers, currently on a world tour promoting “Dig Out Your Soul,” were scheduled to perform April 3 at Beijing’s Capital Arena and April 5 at Shanghai Grand Stage. After the Chinese government learned that Noel Gallagher had performed a five-song set at a 1997 Free Tibet benefit in the U.S., it deemed the shows “unsuitable.”
“Representatives from the Chinese government have revoked the performance licenses already issued for the band and ordered their shows in both Beijing and Shanghai to be immediately canceled,” said the band in a statement on their Web site. “The Chinese authorities’ action in canceling these shows marks a reversal of their decision regarding the band which has left both Oasis and the promoters bewildered.”
Last year, after Icelandic singer Björk chanted “Tibet! Tibet” at a Shanghai concert, the Chinese government tightened regulations on foreign performers. Even before that incident, acts like Elton John and the Rolling Stones had to submit set lists and lyrics for approval.
The group is still schedule to play Hong Kong on April 7.