Maroon 5 banned from China
Maroon 5 called off two tour dates in China that were scheduled for September 2015. According to various news outlets, including BBC, the cancellation of the concerts has been linked to a band member tweeting the Dalai Lama to wish him happy birthday.
The US band were supposed to play in Shanghai and Beijing in September, but both shows were cancelled earlier this week. The promoters Live Nation did not specify a reason for the cancellations.
Chinese authorities may have been angry when Maroon 5 keyboard player Jesse Carmichael tweeted, and deleted, his happy borthday to the Dalai Lama. In the tweet, Carmichael said that he “sang happy birthday to his holiness”.
If that’s the case, several artists have fallen foul of authorities in Beijing for publicly supporting the Tibetan religious leader: just a few years ago, Oasis concerts in China were pulled once Chinese government officials discovered that Noel Gallagher had performed at a Free Tibet concert in New York.
Maroon 5 have yet to make any official comment on the incident.