Bon Jovi’s latest concerts in China have been cancelled for “unforeseen reasons” just weeks before they were due to perform. Five years ago in Taiwan the band used an image of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop at one of their performances and its rumoured that this could be the reason why authorities are against the band playing. Promoters AEG Live Asia have apologised by saying that they are sorry “for the inconvenience and disappointment this will cause” and also have offered full refunds to anyone who has bought a ticket. China are very sensitive when it comes to their Tibetan religion and have said that the exiled leader Dalai Lama is a “wolf in monk’s clothing“.
One disappointed fan wrote on social media site Weibo, “We bought the tickets in June, then booked flights and hotel. The concert is on the 14th, and we were told it’s cancelled on 9th. Can a full refund solve all the problems? What about the air tickets? The hotel? And our disappointment? Every country has different cultures, would you demand every artist who comes to China to perform to be a Communist Party member?? They always say ‘serve the people’, but they are the one who don’t think about the people at all, and look down upon people the most“.
Listen and sing along to Bon Jovi’s “We Don’t Run” below