Bad news, Bruno Mars fans: a proposed Beijing stop on the China leg of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic World Tour is not likely to happen.
The official website of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture quietly confirmed last Friday that promoter Damai applied to cancel its application to host a Bruno Mars concert that it sent in just a week before.
The cancellation comes after a month's worth of hype that speculated Mars will be making a stop in the capital on Apr 25 after making stops in Guangzhou and Shanghai (the latter of which has been confirmed with dates on Apr 21 and 22).
With no official explanation provided by the bureau, we imagine that a Beijing Bruno Mars show isn't completely out of the realm of possibility given that the promoter can always apply for another date. And yet, with online buzz growing that Shanghai will be awarded an additional show, things are looking grim for Beijing live music fans.
As seen on the official Bruno Mars tour website, shows have been scheduled in greater China on Apr 17 in Taipei and Apr 27 in Macau with nothing officially arranged in-between.
As disappointing as the cancellation is, something new we can take from this experience is that it appear to have to do with China's heavy-handed authorities. Musicians like Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus have all been denied from performing in China while an application for a Justin Bieber concert was quashed by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture because he was deemed a "bad influence" on the country's citizens.
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