The plot thickens! Mainland rock fans were pretty disappointed earlier this month when Bon Jovi’s tour dates in Shanghai and Beijing were suddenly scrapped at the last second.
Most believed that the reason for the abrupt cancellation was that censors had simply discovered some incriminating pictures linking the band to the Dalai Lama during a late night cram session. However, new information has just been released that shows a more sinister hand in a much larger conspiracy.
You see, instead of rocking the mainland, Bon Jovi opted for another date in Taipei, which was the end game all along. Taiwanese Bon Jovi fans told the BBC that they had purposely sent pictures of Bon Jovi playing while using a picture of the Dalai Lama as backdrop in order to get that precious extra show.
Fans said that they got the idea from a Maroon 5 show in Beijing that was abruptly canceled over the summer after one band member tweeted “Happy Birthday” to the Dalai Lama. In order to recoup their losses, the tour organizer booked a concert in Taipei instead.
Richie Lin, the leader of Taiwan’s biggest Bon Jovi fan club, told the BBC: “I had heard of the news that Maroon 5’s concerts in China had been cancelled, then I told everyone that [getting China concerts cancelled] could be a way for us to add a Bon Jovi concert here.”
The super fan, who named himself after the band’s former guitarist Richie Sambora, wouldn’t say how exactly they notified Chinese authorities. However, the BBC “understands” that some fans simply directly sent emails to Chinese government agencies containing pics from past Bon Jovi concerts.
Before this tour, Bon Jovi had bypassed Taiwan for 20 years. Tickets for the only tour date in Taipei sold out in a single day, and it seems that the fact that Jon Bovi Jovi released a cover of Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng’s classic “The Moon Represents My Heart” was what finally drove them over the edge.
Will Taiwanese fans of other artists and groups also resort to this incredible (and seemingly effective) scheme? Will mainland China ever again host another big market Western act? The hopes and dreams of mainland music fans everywhere are now just livin’ on a prayer…