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Maroon 5 cancels China Tour after band member's controversial tweet

July 20, 2015 James Blake, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Oasis, Bjork, Dalai Lama

Tweeting trouble? Maroon 5 cancelled their September concerts in China and it may have to do with one band member's since-deleted tweet about the Dalai Lama.

BBC reported keyboard player Jesse Carmichael tweeted that he “sang happy birthday to his holiness” on July 6, a comment that drew the ire from Chinese fans.

China has had a contentious relationship with the Buddhist leader, who has lived in exile in India since 1959.

“We hear musings about Maroon 5 being prevented from performing by our political friends up above,” a Time Out Beijing article reads, citing Carmichael’s reported attendance at the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday celebration, “all an artist needs to get a big X on their visa application.”

Tha band is yet to make a public statement about the change in schedule. Other members who were banned from entering China include Oasis, Bjork, James Blake and Linkin Park.

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