The Rolling Stones will likely follow the beat of China's censors when they offer mainland fans some long-awaited satisfaction with an April concert.

The Rolling Stones will likely follow the beat of China's censors when they offer mainland fans some long-awaited satisfaction with an April concert.

The veteran British group, who had two shows in China canceled in spring 2003 because of the SARS epidemic, will make its mainland debut in Shanghai on April 8 as part of its a Bigger Bang tour, Emma Entertainment said on its Web site.

Even before their April 2003 concerts were scuttled, the Stones had run afoul of China's culture commissars. This time around, the band was ready to steer clear of trouble, a company employee told Reuters.

The Chinese Ministry of Culture told the band in 2003 it could not perform four songs -- "Let's Spend the Night Together," "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Beast of Burden." No reasons were given, but the songs are among the most sexually explicit of the Rolling Stone's hits.

"This time, they also probably will not play those songs," a company employee surnamed Gu said. "They know there are differences between Chinese and Western cultures. They don't want to do anything against the Chinese government."

Cutting four songs may seem a minor price for a band that has tried to bring its rock'n'roll circus to China for decades. In the late 1970s, they held high-level talks about touring China, but those were the days when the country feared spiritual pollution from the West and the shows never happened.


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