Maroon 5 Tour Dates in China Canceled: Report
Maroon 5 tour dates in China that were scheduled for September 2015 have reportedly been called off. According to various news outlets -- including CNN and the BBC -- there’s speculation that a tweet may have upset Chinese authorities and led the band to be banned from performing in the country.
The band was apparently set to perform in Shanghai and Beijing. According to CNN, Live Nation announced the cancellation of a Shanghai tour date on Thursday, July 16. Meanwhile, Time Out Beijing wrote the following about a Maroon 5 tour date in its city: “We hear musings about Maroon 5 being prevented from performing by our political friends up above.”
Fans and media are speculating that a post from band member Jesse Carmichael about the Dalai Lama, which has since been deleted, caused Maroon 5 to be prohibited from playing in China. A Twitter update allegedly read: "Happy Birthday America (and The Dalai Lama too) sang happy birthday to his holiness today," followed by a link to an Instagram photo. Reports say that Carmichael attended a celebration of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s 80th birthday in the Los Angeles area on July 4.
A number of other musicians -- including Linkin Park, Bjork and Oasis -- have been restricted from touring in China due to connections with the Dalai Lama, who was exiled in 1959 after a failed uprising against Beijing’s rule. Linkin Park, however, will return to the country for four concerts in July -- and Maroon 5 fans in China are likely hoping that the “Sugar” hitmakers will eventually be back, too.