Maroon 5 China concerts cancelled…due to Dalai Lama tweet

Maroon 5 China concerts cancelled…due to Dalai Lama tweet

Two Maroon 5 concerts were cancelled in China as one of a band members tweeted “Happy Birthday” to Dalai Lama.

Two Maroon 5 concerts were cancelled in China as one of a band members tweeted “Happy Birthday” to Dalai Lama. 

The concerts had to be played in Shanghai and Beijing in September but earlier this week they were cancelled. Although, Promoters Live Nation don’t say the exact reason of cancellation.

However, nothing is that simple. Jesse Carmichael, a keyboard player, wrote on his tweeter account, which is now deleted, “Happy Birthday America (and The Dalai Lama too) sang happy birthday to his holiness today with a…” and link to one Instagram account. Thus, Chinese media received a lot of feed-backs, saying musicians should not be involved in politics.

One user commented Carmichael’s tweet:

Does attending a friend’s birthday party equal agreeing with his political views?

Some artists were blamed by Chinese authorities for supporting the Tibetan religious leader, who got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

For example, Bjork was really criticized for mentioning Tibet’s independence during a 2008 show in Shanghai. Oasis were forced to cancel their shows in China as Noel Gallagher gave a Free Tibet concert in New York.

Linking Park were not allowed to perform in China after they visited a youth media conference in Los Angeles and took photographs with Dalai Lama.

Maroon 5 haven’t returned to give comments on the matter yet.

 

 

 

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