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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Oasis Negotiating Gig With Taipei Concert Promoters
After being banned in China, Oasis will perform in Taipei on Friday, April 3, sources in the concert-promotion and music industries said.
The concert was originally to be held at Banciao Stadium in Taipei County but may now be held at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall. Details have not been finalized because the band is still negotiating with promoters, said the sources, who had not received permission to speak with the media.
Information regarding the Taipei concert that was deleted last week from www.ticket.com.tw and a blog run by Sony can be found using Google’s cache function. Oasis’ MySpace page was updated yesterday to include dates in Seoul and Singapore, but not Taipei.
According to a statement on the band’s MySpace page, the Brit-pop supergroup was to play Beijing on April 3 and Shanghai on April 5.
“[R]epresentatives from the Chinese government have revoked the performance licenses already issued for the band and ordered their shows in both Beijing and Shanghai to be immediately canceled,” the statement reads.
“The Chinese authorities’ action in canceling these shows marks a reversal of their decision regarding the band which has left both Oasis and the promoters bewildered.”
Oasis performed at a Free Tibet concert in 1997. Footage on YouTube shows Noel Gallagher singing Wonderwall in front of a Tibetan flag.
Last March, China’s Ministry of Culture said it would tighten regulations on foreign artists after Bjork shouted “Tibet, Tibet!” during a concert in Shanghai. This week marked the 50th anniversary of the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation.
via L4e / www.taipeitimes.com
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