Chinese government officials have canceled Bon Jovi’s first ever concerts in China.
No reason was given, but media reports suggest that censors discovered Bon Jovi had used an image of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop at a gig five years ago.
China has previously banned artists like Bjork, as well as academics and politicians, who have shown support for the Dalai Lama or Tibetan independence.
Maroon 5 recently had shows canceled.
The band were also due to perform in China this month. The cancelation of their concerts was linked to a band member tweeting the Dalai Lama to wish him happy birthday in July.
Bon Jovi had been due to play Shanghai and Beijing next week.
According to the Financial Times, China’s Culture Ministry acted after discovering Bon Jovi had performed in front of a picture of the Dalai Lama at a 2010 concert in Taiwan, and had previously tweeted about the spiritual leader.
It said concert organizers AEG were trying to convince officials to relent, but they felt the chances were slim.
Bjork was banned from China for life after she chanted “Tibet, Tibet” during her song Declare Independence at a concert in Shanghai in 2008.
Linkin Park were barred in 2011 after they attended a youth media conference in Los Angeles and were photographed with the Dalai Lama.
UK’s PM David Cameron also sparked an angry response from Chinese officials when he met with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in 2012.
Leaders in China have called the Dalai Lama a “splittist” and a “wolf in monk’s robes”.
The issue of Tibet is said to be especially sensitive at the moment ahead of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
A top Chinese official vowed on September 7 to “crack down on separatist forces” in Tibet and “fight a protracted battle” against the “Dalai clique”.
Announcing the Bon Jovi shows earlier this year, Jon Bon Jovi had said he was “excited” to be performing in Beijing for the first time ever.
In a recent interview with Chinese state media Jon Bon Jovi described the band’s music as being about “individual freedom and expression”.
Last month, Jon Bob Jovi even recorded a cover of The Moon Represents My Heart, arguably the most famous Chinese love song ever.
In November 2012, Jon Bon Jovi’s teenage daughter Stephanie Rose Bongiovi and her male friend identified as Ian S. Grant were arrested for possession of heroin.
Ian S. Grant and Stephanie Rose Bongiovi were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance
Ian S. Grant was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, on June 24, 1991. He graduated with honors in 2009 from Middletown. He also graduated last year with a bachelors of Arts and geoscience degree from Hamilton College where he also worked as a lab assistant.
Ian S. Grant overdosed at Stephanie Rose Bongiovi’s Dunham Dorm at Hamilton College, he was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class “A” misdemeanor, he was taken to Kirkland Police Station and later released.
Jon Bon Jovi has revealed that his band have waived their fee at a concert in Madrid next month, given the country’s economic crisis.
The unusually cheap tickets have already sold out. They were on sale for between 18 and 39 euros.
Jon Bon Jovi has revealed that his band have waived their fee at a concert in Madrid next month, given the country’s economic crisis
This compares to the equivalent of 76 euros – the average ticket cost for a Bon Jovi concert in Manchester, UK, next week.
There were fears many fans would not be able to afford the full price.
Jon Bon Jovi, 51, told Spain’s El Mundo newspaper that when the band were planning this summer’s European tour, Madrid had originally been left-off the list of venues over fears that the event might not sell out because of Spain’s economic crisis.
Not wanting to let the Spanish fans down, Bon Jovi decided they would perform in Madrid on June 27 for free.
Artists were so anxious to help out residents of the New York region hit by Superstorm Sandy, they almost didn’t let their concert at Madison Square Garden end.
The final notes of Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind brought the star-filled show to an end at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, nearly six hours after Bruce Springsteen opened the show with Land of Hope and Dreams.
Paul McCartney’s set found him playing the role of Kurt Cobain in a Nirvana reunion, performing a new song with the band’s former members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
Through television, live streams, the radio and theater simulcasts, an estimated 2 billion people around the world were given the chance to experience it live.
Heavy on classic rock royalty, it also featured the Rolling Stones, the Who, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.
Music and comedy royalty struck a defiant tone throughout the event, asking for help to rebuild a New York metropolitan area most of them know well.
“When are you going to learn,” comic and New Jersey native Jon Stewart said at the sold-out show.
“You can throw anything at us – terrorists, hurricanes. You can take away our giant sodas. It doesn’t matter. Were coming back stronger every time.”
Artists were so anxious to help out residents of the New York region hit by Superstorm Sandy, they almost didn’t let their concert at Madison Square Garden end
Jersey shore hero Bruce Springsteen set a roaring tone, opening the concert with Land of Hope and Dreams and Wrecking Ball.
He addressed the rebuilding process in introducing his song My City of Ruins, noting it was written about the decline of Asbury Park, New Jersey, before that city’s renaissance over the past decade.
What made the Jersey shore special was its inclusiveness, a place where people of all incomes and backgrounds could find a place, he said.
“I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey shore because that’s what makes it special,” Bruce Springsteen said.
He mixed a verse of Jersey Girl into the song before calling New Jersey neighbor Jon Bon Jovi to join him in a rousing Born to Run. Springsteen later returned the favor by joining Bon Jovi on Who Says You Can’t Go Home.
Adam Sandler hearkened back to his Saturday Night Live days with a ribald rewrite of the oft-sung Hallelujah that composer Leonard Cohen never would have dreamed.
The rewritten chorus says: “Sandy, screw ya, well get through ya, because were New Yawkers.”
Adam Sandler wore a New York Jets T-shirt and mined Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, the New York Knicks, Times Square porn and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for laugh lines.
The music lineup was heavily weighted toward classic rock, which has the type of fans able to afford a show for which ticket prices ranged from $150 to $2,500.
Even with those prices, people with tickets have been offering them for more on broker sites such as StubHub, an attempt at profiteering that producers fumed was “despicable”.
Stephanie Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi’s teenage daughter, was arrested at her college on Wednesday morning – after allegedly overdosing on heroin.
Police in Upstate New York responded to a call that Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, 19, was unresponsive in her dorm room at Hamilton College – a well respected, $55,000-a-year liberal arts institution in Kirkland.
Stephanie is understood to have received medical treatment and is set to be released from hospital at some point on Wednesday.
Cops and a volunteer ambulance squad were called to the scene at 1.51am, according to People.com.
The room was searched and a “small quantity” of heroin along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found, according to the Town of Kirkland Police Department.
Stephanie Bongiovi – also an aspiring model – was arrested and charged on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia, police say.
She has since been released from custody and ordered to appear in court at a later date on the misdemeanor charges, TMZ reports.
Police also arrested and charged 21-year-old student Ian S. Grant on suspicion of drug possession, who like Stephanie Bongiovi, is from Red Bank, New Jersey, People reports.
Stephanie Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi’s teenage daughter, was arrested at her college after allegedly overdosing on heroin
Hamilton College has released a statement, saying it is co-operating with the police investigation – but would not say what action it will be taking against Stephanie Bongiovi.
It says say the “alleged actions” not only violate state law, but also contravene college policy – stressing the primary concern is with “the safety of our students”.
The statement, obtained by WKTV, reads: “The college is cooperating with the police investigation.
“Our first concern is always for the safety of our students. Out of respect for the privacy of our students and in accordance with federal regulations we do not discuss individual health or disciplinary matters.”
Stephanie Bongiovi is Jon Bon Jovi’s only daughter and the oldest of his four children, who he shares with wife Dorothea Hurley.
The news will no doubt come as a huge blow to Jon Bon Jovi, 50, who these days prides himself on his family-man reputation.
Jon Bon Jovi has been married to Dorothea Hurley – his childhood sweetheart – for 23 years and is regarded as having one of the strongest marriages in Hollywood.
He has admitted to dabbling in drugs himself in the past – but says he “wised up quickly”.
In a 2007 interview with Best Life magazine, Jon Bon Jovi confessed: “I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much.
“I’ve never been a drug guy. I’ve always felt I didn’t have the mental stability to handle drugs.”