Bon Jovi has had concerts in Beijing and Shanghai canceled by Chinese authorities.
The band was due to play in China for the first time ever next week, but organizers AEG Live Asia said Tuesday that the tour dates were unexpectedly pulled with no reason given, reports the BBC.
However, the band is the latest in a string of artists who have been banned from China for appearing to show support to the Dalai Lama or Tibetan independence. According to the Financial Times, the Communist Party’s Culture Ministry had learned that Bon Jovi had performed in front of a video backdrop featuring the Tibetan spiritual leader during a concert in 2010.
Björk was banned from the country for life when she chanted “Tibet, Tibet” during a concert in Shanghai in 2008. And Maroon 5, who were also due to perform in China this month, were pulled after a band member tweeted happy birthday to the Dalai Lama in July.
The issue of Tibet is especially sensitive right now as the Communist Party marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of what it calls the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Concert organizers were trying to get officials to change their minds but said chances were slim.
- TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2022
- I Tested Positive for COVID-19 Right Before the Holidays. What Should I Do?
- Column: How To Create a Sense of Belonging In a Divided America
- How to Survive the Holidays if You're a Scrooge
- Life Expectancy Provides Evidence of How Far Black Americans Have Come
- The 10 Best Albums of 2022
- Iran Has a Long History of Protest and Activism
- 6 Ways to Give Better Gifts—Based on Science