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No Oasis In China

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Mar. 3 2009, Updated 12:14 p.m. ET

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(Photo: WENN) Brit rockers Oasis have been banned from playing in China.

Chinese authorities discovered band member Noel Gallagher had appeared at a "Free Tibet" benefit concert in 1997. China has tightly controlled Tibet since invading in the 1950's.

The band was geared up to play China in April.

"Representatives from the Chinese government have revoked the performance licenses already issued for the band and ordered their shows in both Beijing and Shanghai to be immediately canceled," Oasis said in a statement.

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"The Chinese authorities' action in canceling these shows marks a reversal of their decision regarding the band which has left both Oasis and the promoters bewildered."

Oasis hopes "that the powers that be within China will reconsider their decision and allow the band to perform."

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