Maroon 5 Cancels China Concerts; Jesse Carmichael Controversial Dalai Lama Tweet To Blame?
Bad news! Maroon 5 canceled two of their possible concert in China and many speculates that the reason behind this may have to do with Jesse Carmichael’s controversial tweet regarding Dalai Lama.
Hollywood Life reported that the Grammy award-winning band reportedly called off two of their band’s concerts in Beijing last July 16 after receiving some major negative reaction from their Chinese fans and many speculated that it has a connection to now-deleted tweet from one of their band members. The said member cited Dalai Lama on his tweet.
Meanwhile, the member who was said to be at fault was none other than the group’s keyboard player, Carmichael. He attended an event and later tweeted about the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan spiritual leader.
Carmichael attended the 80th birthday of the Tibetan spiritual in the Los Angeles area last July 4. The keyboardist posted a tweet that reads: “Happy birthday America (and The Dalai Lama too) sang happy birthday to his holiness today.”
This post caused many fans from a China react in a not-so friendly way. Based on Time Out Beijing, they heard a lot of musings about Maroon 5 being prevented from performing by their political friends up there; the article reads “all an artist needs to be a big X on their visa application.”
Based on the reports of Us Weekly, the band’s lead singer Adam Levine himself decided to officially cancel their scheduled performances.
On the other hand, fans should not worry because Maroon 5 were not alone in this kind of situation. They were not the only personalities who were targeted in China due to its association with the Dalai Lama. They also had an issue with Oasis, Bjork, Linkin Park and James Blake.
Since the news broke, Live Nation did not reveal any specific reason for the cancellation, and the band has yet to make a public statement about the change in schedule.
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