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Chinese government cancels Bon Jovi shows

By | Published on Wednesday 9 September 2015

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Bon Jovi have had two concerts in China cancelled by officials in the country, over suspicions that they may support the Dalai Lama.

According to the Financial Times, the shows in Shanghai and Beijing, which would have been the band’s first in China, were pulled by the Culture Ministry after it emerged that they had once featured a picture of the Dalai Lama in a video backdrop during a show in Taiwan.

China, of course, considers the Dalai Lama a terrorist due to his support for the campaign promoting the independence of Tibet, which has resulted in him living in exile in India.

Bon Jovi are not the first band to have concerts cancelled by the Chinese government. Maroon 5 had a show in Shanghai pulled earlier this year, after frontman Adam Levine tweeted birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama. Meanwhile, Björk has a lifelong ban after shouting ‘Tibet! Tibet!” during a show in the same city back in 2008.