March 3, 2009 | By:

Oasis have been banned from performing in China and have had two planned shows there cancelled after ever sensitive officials discovered that Noel Gallagher played at a benefit concert for Tibet in 1997.
A statement issued by Oasis revealed that the Chinese government revoked licenses for the two shows in Beijing and Shanghai from their promoters, Emma Entertainment and Ticketmaster China. The statement adds that despite the fact that the band had already been granted permission to play in the country, “officials within the Chinese Ministry Of Culture only recently discovered that Noel Gallagher appeared at a Free Tibet Benefit Concert on Randall’s Island in New York in 1997, and have now deemed that the band are consequently unsuitable to perform to their fans in the Chinese Republic”.

The band are said to be “extremely disappointed” not to be able to play the shows, but will continue the rest of their South East Asia tour, including a show in Hong Kong, as planned.