Oasis Banned From Playing China Gigs

Oasis Banned From Playing China Gigs
Oasis have been forced to cancel two shows in China after authorities deemed the band "unsuitable" due to Noel Gallagher's ties to a "Free Tibet" show.

The offending performance occurred in 1997, when Gallagher played a set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York. According to a statement from the band, officials from the Chinese Ministry of Culture found out about the show and revoked the band's licence to play China, effectively axing a pair of concerts in Beijing and Shanghai in April.

In the statement, the band said: "Oasis are extremely disappointed that they are now being prevented from undertaking their planned tour of mainland 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."

This latest move by the Chinese government comes in the wake of Bjork's "Tibet!" outburst last year and as the People's Republic of China attempts to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding.

The rest of the South East Asian leg of the band's tour will go ahead as planned and refunds will be issued for the two cancelled Oasis shows.