Oasis Axe China Shows After Government Ban
OASIS have been forced to axe their upcoming tour dates in China - after government officials discovered the British rockers' participation in the Free Tibet campaign 12 years ago.
The Wonderwall hitmakers were due to play sell-out shows in Beijing and Shanghai in April (09).
But they were forced to axe both gigs on Saturday (28Feb09) when the Chinese government stepped in and deemed the band "unsuitable" because of their links to the Tibetan freedom movement.
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played the huge Free Tibet Benefit Concert in New York in 1997 - and when officials at the Chinese Ministry of Culture found out, they revoked the rock band's performance licence.
In a statement, a representative for Oasis says, "According to the show's promoters, officials within the Chinese Ministry of Culture only recently discovered that Noel Gallagher appeared at a Free Tibet Benefit Concert on Randall's Island in NY in 1997 and have now deemed that the band are consequently unsuitable to perform to their fans in the Chinese Republic on 3rd and 5th of April, during its 60th anniversary year.
"Oasis are extremely disappointed that they are now being prevented from undertaking their planned tour of mainland China and hope that the powers that be within China will reconsider their decision and allow the band to perform to their Chinese fans at some stage in the future."