Noel Gallagher is banned from China because he is an “enemy of the people”.
The 55-year-old singer is not allowed to set foot in the communist Asian country after he upset the authorities in 1997 when he joined the likes of U2, Radiohead, Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters and the Beastie Boys at the two-day Tibetan Freedom event. Concert in New York.
But Noel only learned of his ban in 2009, when his then-band Oasis was scheduled to tour Beijing and Shanghai, and was told he would not be welcome as he was “not right” to perform.
He was quoted by the Daily Star newspaper: “I only found out that I was banned when Oasis was invited to go to China a good 20 years ago.
“We agreed to go and all the documents came and you had to send a list of your songs, and the Chinese government sent you back a list of songs that didn’t fit, and we agreed to do all this.
“About a month before we left, I received a letter saying that many of you could come but could not because of what you had done for the Tibetan people.
I even forgot that I did it.
“The reason they didn’t want you there was in case you started spouting some pro-Tibetan nonsense. I’m like, “Man, I’m not even interested in Tibet, I don’t give a fuck, just let me go.”
“They are like no.
“I have a letter somewhere from the Minister of the Interior, which says: “You are an enemy of the people” or something like that.
“The rest were welcomed with open arms.”
To make matters worse, the Holy Mountain hitmaker didn’t even enjoy the concert.
He said: “At that time Oasis were on tour and it was a holiday and Oasis was asked to do it and no one else wanted to do it, so it was like I would do it.
“All my equipment was somewhere in Ohio, and I didn’t play acoustic back then, we never played Wonderwall with acoustics, we did it with electricity.
“They said, ‘Can you just do it?’ So I did.
“I went on stage in front of 50,000 people and when I came out I thought, ‘Why did I agree to this? I’m not even a fucking singer. I have a Marshall stack and I’m going to play “Wonderwall” and “Cast No Shadow”.
“As far as I remember, I only did three or four songs, but it seemed to me that it lasted about four hours. I played between Radiohead and U2, full bands.”