Bob Dylan banned from playing gigs in China

Singer cancels a series of shows across Asia

Bob Dylan has axed a series of dates in east Asia after being refused entry to perform in China.

The singer was set to play in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong this month after finishing a string of dates in Japan.

However, his promoter, Brokers Brothers Herald, said Dylan had been blocked by the Chinese government, forcing Dylan to scrap the rest of his tour.

"China's Ministry Of Culture did not give us permission to stage concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, so we had no alternative to scrap plans for a South East Asian tour," Jeffrey Wu, the promoter's head of operations, told the South China Morning Post.

"The chance to play in China was the main attraction for him [Dylan]. When that fell through, everything else was called off."

Wu said officials became more cautious after Bjork caused a stir when she performed 'Declare Independence In Shanghai' two years ago.

Oasis were also banned from performing in China last year after the band's links with the 'Free Tibet' campaign caused the Chinese government to revoke their licence.

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