Rolling Stones To Rock China In April – Reuters

 Billboard Photos Art R Rolling Stones The 02L From Reuters, via Billboard (link):

The Rolling Stones will likely follow the beat of China’s censors when they offer mainland fans some long-awaited satisfaction with an April concert.

The veteran British group, who had two shows in China canceled in spring 2003 because of the SARS epidemic, will make its mainland debut in Shanghai on April 8 as part of its a Bigger Bang tour, Emma Entertainment said on its Web site.

Even before their April 2003 concerts were scuttled, the Stones had run afoul of China’s culture commissars. This time around, the band was ready to steer clear of trouble, a company employee told Reuters.

The Chinese Ministry of Culture told the band in 2003 it could not perform four songs — “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women” and “Beast of Burden.” No reasons were given, but the songs are among the most sexually explicit of the Rolling Stone’s hits.

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