Bon Jovi’s upcoming Beijing and Shanghai gigs have been abruptly canceled, and if you’re expecting any lyrical puns here, we’re sorry, but they’ve already been thoroughly exhausted.
Promoters of Bon Jovi’s Asia tour said the shows have been pulled for “unforeseen reasons”, but as is occasionally the case, it’s believed to have something to do with the band’s links to the Dalai Lama.
According to the Financial Times, the CPC’s Ministry of Culture dug through the archives of the American rockers’ career and found that they had once used an image of the Tibetan spiritual leader in the backdrop of a concert in Taiwan five years ago.
A band member had also reportedly sent out a tweet showing support for the Dalai Lama. These are also the circumstances believed to have led to the cancellation of Maroon 5’s Shanghai show earlier this summer.
Yes, despite the frontman’s attempts to woo China with a love song in Mandarin, they just couldn’t get past China’s all-seeing censors (although you’d think the ministry would’ve done this research a bit sooner).
Fans who’d already purchased tickets to the show, scheduled September 14 in Shanghai and September 17 in Beijing, will be offered refunds, according to promoters AEG Live Asia.
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