Liam and Noel Gallagher are never shy about stirring up some sort of controversy, and of course it looks like the dueling brothers of Oasis have done it again. Only this time it seems like they've pissed off the largest country in the world.
According to a statement released by Oasis, the band has links with the Free Tibet campaign, which has caused the band to loose their performance licenses in China. Noel Gallagher appeared at a "Free Tibet" benefit concert back in 1997, and now after scheduling their first concert dates in the country, the Chinese government has deemed the band "unsuitable" to perform there. Ticket sales have been halted, refunds have been given back to fans, and the April dates Oasis were scheduled to play have been canceled.
The band said in the statement that they are, "extremely disappointed that they are now being prevented from undertaking their planned tour of mainland China and hope that the powers that be within China will reconsider their decision and allow the band to perform to their Chinese fans at some stage in the future."
The rest of Oasis' South East Asian leg of the tour will go on as planned, including their April 7 date in Hong Kong. The Free Tibet Campaign is based out of London, England and campaigns for the rights of the Tibetan people to determine their own government, and to free Tibet from the occupation of China on their land. In the past bands like Radiohead, Beastie Boys, and Rage Against the Machine have all played at the benefit concerts for Tibet.