Did Maroon 5 Get Shanghai'd By Chinese Government?

Michael Dolce

Is there big trouble in little China for the Adam Levine-led super group, Maroon 5? Fans of the band certainly think so. And it could all be related to the band's support of the Dalai Lama.

Click 2 Houston is reporting that Maroon 5's public support of the Dalai Lama by guitarist Jesse Carmichael has led to their upcoming Shanghai concert being abruptly pulled Thursday morning by tour organizer Live Nation.

"Jesse Carmichael, one of the band members, attended a star-studded event on July 4 near Los Angeles to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader. In a Twitter post from that evening, the musician sounded excited: "Happy Birthday America (and The Dalai Lama too) sang happy birthday to his holiness today with a..." followed by a link to Instagram, the photo-sharing site. Both the tweet and the photo have been deleted."
"Linkin Park, another popular American rock band, was barred from China in 2011 after they were photographed embracing and shaking hands with the Dalai Lama at a youth conference in Los Angeles."

In June, Maroon 5 was forced to cancel their September show in Jakarta because the date interfered with an annual religious festival taking place at the same time.

— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) June 23, 2015

— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) May 29, 2015

No word yet on whether or not the Maroon 5 Shanghai dates will be rescheduled or replaced by another concert venue.

[Maroon 5 photo credit: Kevin Kane / Getty Images]