Bob Dylan Cancels Tour
Amidst strict rules and guidelines by China's Ministry of Culture, Dylan scraps entire Asian tour.
Legendary folk singer Bob Dylan has reportedly cancelled his plans to tour Asia after being refused permission to perform in China.
In 2008, Icelandic singer Bjork protested about the Chinese occupation of Tibet during her concert. Since then, the Chinese authorities have been on high alert. Dylan's politically charged lyrics reportedly have the authorities in China concerned.
His Never Ending Tour to Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong was to begin this month. However, since his China date was disallowed, he has cancelled the rest of his planned Asian dates.
Jeffrey Wu, of Taiwan-based promotion company Brokers Brothers Herald, says, "China's Ministry of Culture did not give us permission to stage concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, so we had no alternative but to scrap plans for a Southeast Asian tour. The chance to play in China was the main attraction for him. When that fell through everything else was called off. What Björk did definitely made life very difficult for other performers. They are very wary of what will be said by performers on stage now."