Chinese rocker Cui Jian has pushed back the start of his North American tour due to problems with his U.S. visa, according to his manager, Beijing-based Paul Fry.

Chinese rocker Cui Jian has pushed back the start of his North American tour due to problems with his U.S. visa, according to his manager, Beijing-based Paul Fry.

The independent artist was slated to perform 13 dates in the United States and Canada beginning last Friday (April 9) in Schenectady, N.Y.

"We are extremely unhappy that we could not get the proper documents from the government," Fry says in a statement. "But we are living in difficult times. The dates will hopefully be rescheduled at the earliest possible opportunity."

Fry did not specify which members of the group or support staff did not obtain visas.

Cui's tour is now slated to begin Saturday (April 17) in Chicago. The outing will hit six U.S. cities and Vancouver. Cui has previously toured in the States, but not in Canada.

In early April, Cui opened four dates for Sanctuary Records act Deep Purple during its first tour of China.