Bon Jovi banned from China just a week ahead of gigs

Previous use of Dalai Lama images in Taiwan are thought to be behind the ban

Bon Jovi have been banned from China ahead of gigs they had planned in Shanghai and Beijing next week.

The concerts were to have been Bon Jovi’s first in China, and are thought to have been cancelled because the band used imagery of the Dalai Lama during previous shows in Taiwan in 2010.

The Financial Times‘ Beijing correspondent reported:

“The Communist party’s Culture Ministry acted after discovering that Bon Jovi once included a picture of the Dalai Lama in a backdrop video during a concert in Taiwan in 2010, according to people familiar with the matter. That followed a band member’s tweet about meeting the spiritual leader.”

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Ahead of the concert, Jon Bon Jovi had recorded a Chinese song ‘The Moon Represents My Heart’ in honour of Valentine’s Day in China, posting the video on YouTube back in August.

See the video below:

The Chinese government are thought to be cracking down on Tibetan themes from visiting artists as this year is the 50th anniversary of Tibetan ‘autonomy’.

Bjork and Maroon 5 have also had concerts cancelled in China in recent years after authorities intervened.