Oasis have been forced to cancel their proposed tour of China after the Asian country's government refused to grant them a performance license after discovering that the Gallagher brothers performed at a Free Tibet concert back in 1997.
The Manchester band issued a statement relating to the matter on their website today: "[They] have now deemed that the band are consequently unsuitable to perform to their fans in the Chinese Republic...during its 60th anniversary year."
Oasis had been set to play in Beijing and Shanghai on April 3 and April 5 respectively. The Chinese authorities have ordered ticket selling agencies to stop selling tickets for the concert.
The Gallagher brothers statement continued: "The Chinese authorities action in cancelling these shows marks a reversal of their decision regarding the band which has left both Oasis and the promoters bewildered."
"Oasis 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 statement added.