Bon Jovi was scheduled to perform for the first time ever in China next week, but the two performances — one in Shanghai and the other in Beijing — have been cancelled. The Guardian reports that the cancellation may be tied to the band’s use of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop during a performance in Taiwan in 2010.
It’s not the first time artists have had their China performances cancelled after showing support for the Dalai Lama. Earlier this summer, Maroon 5 were kept out of the country after one of their band members tweeted a happy birthday message to the religious leader, and Oasis were banned from the country in 2009 after performing at a Free Tibet concert in New York.
Bon Jovi’s first Chinese performances were especially hyped up. Last month, leader Jon Bon Jovi even recorded a special cover of traditional Chinese song “The Moon Represents My Heart” in Mandarin to drum up anticipation for the concert.
The band hasn’t released an official statement on the cancellations just yet, and no announcement has been made about how ticketholders could get a refund.