Concert organizers confirmed Monday that British rock band Oasis has canceled tour dates in Beijing and Shanghai in April. The shows, scheduled for Beijing's Capital Arena on April 3 and the Shanghai Grand Stage on April 5, would have been the first in mainland China for the group, currently on a world tour promoting its latest release, "Dig Out Your Soul."
No explanation has been given for the cancellation, said a venue manager who refused to give his name.
"But the word is, that the group would have to change the lyrics to their songs."
"For instance, in "Soldier On", they wanted "The People's Republic Army Moves Forward".
"On the song, "Ain't Got Nothing", they wanted "All The Wonderful People Have Plenty". So you see what the group was up against."
Ticket sales for the show were halted Feb. 28, according to the official China Daily. Details on ticket refunds would be announced later, according to a statement made online.
Also rumored was that on several other songs, Oasis were to lip-synch while Chinese singers did the vocals.
Finally, the news of two public executions between sets pretty well explains the actual reasons for cancellations, despite whatever the website say.
Last month, the band had posted on its official Web site that: "Oasis are excited to announce their first-ever shows in China as part of their current world tour." The Web site is temporarily unavailable but the band's MySpace page has no mention of cancellations.