Monday, June 17, 2024

China “Burning Bridges” with Bon Jovi, Cancels Group’s Tour Possibly Over Dalai Lama


Jon Bon Jovi and group may be victims of Chinese censorship. China has just cancelled the group’s two shows in Macau scheduled for September 25th and 26th.

The reason appears to be a concert video made years ago in which the Dalai Lama is seen behind the singers on a video screen.

China hates the Dalai Lama, and abhors any support of Tibet.

Bon Jovi is already on the way to Jakarta for a short far East tour before heading to Dubai and Tel Aviv. The Financial Times says AEG Asia is trying to fix things, but who knows? Macau is like the Las Vegas of China. It seems impossible that other western acts who’ve supported the Dalai Lama haven’t played there, but maybe.

Bon Jovi’s latest album, ironically, is called “Burning Bridges.”

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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