A Chinese concert promoter is taking the blame for cancelling a string of Oasis concerts in the country, insisting the Communist government had nothing to do with the decision.
The Wonderwall hitmakers were due to play sell-out shows in Beijing and Shanghai in April (09), but announced on Monday (02Mar09) that the dates had been scrapped.
According to the band, officials at the Chinese Ministry of Culture revoked the rockers' performance licence after learning guitarist Noel Gallagher had appeared at a Free Tibet Benefit Concert on Randall's Island in New York in 1997.
A statement read: "Oasis are extremely disappointed that they are now being prevented from undertaking their planned tour of mainland China and hope that the powers that be within China will reconsider their decision and allow the band to perform to their Chinese fans at some stage in the future."
But concert promoters at Beijing All Culture Communication Company Limited have dismissed the band's claims, insisting the "tough economic situation" forced them to cancel the gigs.
A company spokesperson, known only as Luo, says, "I have no money. It's normal in an environment of economic crisis... It has nothing to do at all with the Tibet problem."