British rockers Oasis have fuelled a war of words with Chinese authorities over their scrapped gigs in the country - calling reports the shows were cancelled over money issues "nonsense".
The Wonderwall hitmakers were due to play sell-out concerts in Beijing and Shanghai in April (09), but announced on Monday (02Mar09) that the dates had been scrapped.
The band claim the Chinese government revoked their performance licence after learning guitarist Noel Gallagher had appeared at a Free Tibet Benefit Concert in New York in 1997.
A spokesman for the Beijing All Culture Communication Company, who claimed to be in charge of the shows, subsequently took the blame for the decision, putting the move down to the current "economic crisis" in China.
But Oasis have blasted the claims as untrue - insisting they were never involved with that promotion company.
A spokesperson for the band tells, "We don't want to dignify this nonsense with a response. Our promoter, as already documented, was Ticketmaster China and the shows had each already sold in excess of 3,500 tickets and were on course to sell out. End of story."