Oasis cancels China concerts

Would have been band's first mainland shows

BEIJING -- 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.

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 on the ticketing Web site Emma.cn.

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.

It's unclear whether the band will play a previously announced show in Hong Kong on April 7.

A growing number of Western musical acts have traveled to China in recent years, including the Rolling Stones and Elton John.

However, China closely regulates live performances, especially after Icelandic singer Bjork embarrassed authorities last year by shouting "Tibet!" at the end of her concert in Shanghai.
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