Lil Wayne's Canadian Dates in Jeopardy Following Denied Entry into the UK?
Published Apr 08, 2011Considering Lil Wayne's upcoming European tour has just been cancelled due to his criminal past, could his forthcoming Canadian jaunt also be in jeopardy? As fans know all too well, Weezy spent much of the last year behind bars over weapons charges, and now the UK Border Agency has denied the hip-hopper's UK visa application based on his criminal record. According to officials, it's possible that the same charges could keep him out of Canada.
A spokeswoman for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) hinted that there is a possibility the New Orleans artist's upcoming shows in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary this month could get axed due to his criminal record.
"A criminal conviction can make a person inadmissible to Canada ... a final decision is made by an officer at a border crossing or airport," the CBSA spokeswoman told WENN, adding "A person's admissibility to Canada is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the information given to officers."
However, the spokeswoman could not say if Wayne's UK visa refusal would negatively affect his chances of entering Canada.
Weezy had only one scheduled European date, at the Live at the Marquee festival in Cork, Ireland on July 4, but had planned on performing several major festival across the pond. And this isn't the first time Lil Wayne has been forced to cancel a European trip. In 2009, the rapper was told to back out for health reasons after a doctor ordered him to rest due to severe migraines. The last time he hit the continent was 2008.
UPDATE: Despite the Guardian initially reporting otherwise, the Lil Wayne camp has said no European tour dates were cancelled due to a rejected UK visa, because, well, Weezy never even filed for such a document, Billboard reports. In statement, Lil Wayne's management said, "No visa was ever filed, nor were there any tour dates announced, or tickets sold. Lil Wayne is currently headlining his I Am Still Music Tour across the US and Canada with plans to extend the tour through North America this summer. We hope to bring the I Am Still Music Tour to the UK in the later half of the year."
Following a lawsuit over Tha Carter III royalties and an IRS scandal, it's been a hard couple of weeks for Weezy.