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China fears international music acts, Oasis performance canceled

May 17, 2009
May 16 2009 is reporting that for the second year
in a row, Chinese officials are not allowing
certain mainstream international bands and
musicians to perform concerts or play at
festivals. The suspected reason is the 20th
anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests
which resulted in a violent confrontation by the Chinese military.

So far Oasis has been told to stay home; their
shows for Bejing and Shanghai have been canceled.
According to this prompted a
"bewildered" response from the band members.

China's ministry of culture revoked the license
of Emma Entertainment/Ticketmaster, a Chinese
concert promoter who had scheduled the band to
appear. Oasis thinks the unofficial reason may be
that guitarist Noel Gallagher played a "Free
Tibet" concert in 1997. The government denies
this is the case and simply states the license
was pulled for "nonpolitical commercial reasons." isn't buying the Chinese
Government line. They quote the government
statement saying that Oasis has been deemed
"unsuitable." What defines what is "unsuitable" is unclear.

While Oasis is having trouble appearing before
Bejing crowds, the rapper Ghostface Killah has
been booked for June by concert promoter
Splitworks, also located in Bejing. Just to
recap: a band with the name referring to a
peaceful retreat is not suitable, but a rapper with a reference to killing is.

More classical venues are also finding space
including Madame Butterfly and a concert by Ennio
Morricone, the famous film composer.

Oasis believes it will eventually be able to play
in China regardless of the current setback. Other
"Free Tibet" acts may have the same problems such
as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys.
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