Two Maroon 5 shows were cancelled that were supposed to take place in Shanghai and Beijing last week.

There’s word that the cancellation had something to do with band member Jesse Carmichael tweeting about the Dalai Lama.

Billboard reports:

Fans and media are speculating that a post from band member Jesse Carmichael about the Dalai Lama, which has since been deleted, caused Maroon 5 to be prohibited from playing in China. A Twitter update allegedly read: ‚ÄúHappy Birthday America (and The Dalai Lama too) sang happy birthday to his holiness today,‚ÄĚ followed by a link to an Instagram photo. Reports say that Carmichael attended a celebration of the Tibetan spiritual leader‚Äôs 80th birthday in the Los Angeles area on July 4.

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