China has decided to ban Oasis from performing in their country. According to MTV UK, they were originally supposed to play two shows in Beijing and Shanghai on their tour in the country next month, but they’ve now been axed.
Why Oasis? Well China has very strict restrictions on which artists can play in the country. The reason Oasis is being banned is because frontman Noel Gallagher appeared at a Free Tibet concert back in 1997. That was forever ago! But apparently the Chinese don’t forget too easily. Other bands who have played Free Tibet benefit concerts include Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
A statement released by the band and its promoters reads, “The Chinese authorities action in cancelling these shows marks a reversal of their decision regarding the band, which has left both Oasis and the promoters bewildered.”
"Oasis are extremely disappointed that they are now being prevented from undertaking their planned tour of main land 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.”
Luckily the fans will be reimbursed, According to Chinese Promoters, thousands of fans already purchased tickets for the gigs through Ticketmaster. But at least they’re getting their money back!