8 Artists Who Were Banned from Certain Countries

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8 Artists Who Were Banned from Certain Countries
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Rolling Stones

Banned from: Japan

The Stones were barred from Japan in 1973 due to Mick Jagger’s two drugs convictions in 1967 and 1970. They were previously banned from appearing in Cleveland when a fan fell from a balcony and died at one of their gigs in the city, but the ban was lifted two years later. Moral of the story: you can’t stay mad at Mick and co for long. Not even border control.

 

Bloodhound Gang

Banned from: Russia

’00s rock sophisticates Bloodhound Gang managed to piss off the Kremlin after a gig in the Ukraine, during which bassist Jared Hasselhoff appeared to wipe his bum on a Russian flag. “Don’t tell Putin,” he asked the crowd, but it looks as if someone did – the band were consequently banned from performing in Russia.

Lamb of God

Banned from: Malaysia

Malaysia barred the American metallers Lamb of God after Islamic officials said the group’s work was “blasphemous”. Maybe it was songs called ‘Fake Messiah, ‘Walk With Me In Hell’ and ‘A Devil In God’s Country’ that did it?

Elton John

Banned from: Egypt

Sir Elton John was banned in Egypt after claiming that Jesus was a 'super-intelligent gay man.' Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt’s Musician Union, said that his country could not allow “a homosexual who wants to ban religions, claimed that the prophet Issa (Jesus) was gay and calls for Middle Eastern countries to allow gays to have sexual freedom” to perform there.

The Beatles

Banned from: Israel

The Beatles were once banned from playing in Israel until finally in 2008 a formal letter of apology was sent out to the two surviving members and certain relatives of the deceased members, including an invite for Paul and Ringo to come play at Israel’s 60th birthday bash.

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Banned from: USA

The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens’ name ended up on USA a watch list after 9/11, and was banned from entering the country between 2004 and 2006 for alleged ties to terrorists. The musician himself denied the accusations by saying: “Everybody knows who I am. I am no secret figure,” he said after the time. “I am campaigning for peace.”

Snoop Dogg

Banned from: Norway

Snoop Dogg banned from Norway for two years after (what else?) trying to sneak eight grams of marijuana into the country.

 

Guns N' Roses

Banned from: China

A lot of artists were banned from China for their attitude to Tibet, but in case with G'N'R, Chinese authorities cited the title of the album, “Chinese Democracy,” as the principal reason. The title, thought up by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose because he “liked the sound of it,” violates rules established by China’s Ministry of Culture that prohibit the word “democracy” to be used in the title of any music, book or film within mainland China. One can only assume that if the word “Chinese” precedes “Democracy” in a title, Chinese censors would become even more frightened.

 

43 comments sorted by best / new / date

    bonekrusha27
    Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing!
    DropDeee
    'Back To The Future' was originally banned in China upon its release because it contained a time-travel theme.      Great Scott.
    Scarface88
    Good thing the dangerous Elton John was kept out of Egypt; God only knows what might have happened if gay people suddenly realised they had rights!
    aozen
    ikr. That's the dumbest reason for banning on this list. At least banning an artist after committing a misdemeanor/insulting the country kinda makes sense.
    jonsherry14
    White knight ahoy!!!
    Scarface88
    @jonsherry14 I thought I was making a light-hearted jab at what I see as silly laws in Egypt, not stepping in to make a stand for gays everywhere and save the day. 
    tomaxandxamot
    But have they been banned from Ultimate Guitar comments sections? A true measure of bad-assedness 
    aozen
     Well, you gotta have some matryoshka sized balls (the big ones) mentioning Bloodhound Gang on a Russian website  
    blackone666
    So, Bloodhound Gang are doing great in the neo-nazi Ukraine? Cool. But wait, isn't the country on the verge of collapse? It lost 10 million people in the last 15 years, must be an example to follow. Go, 'kraine.  Cat Stevens banned from USA because alleged ties to terrorism. This past week CIA cut the funding (steadily going on for 5 years) to Al-Qaeda in Syria. Ok, nothing to see here, move along.   [h][/h]
    BlacksunIP
    ahah, everybody who doesn't want to go along with russia is a nazi. at least according to russian state media. at first moldova, then chechen people, then georgians in 2008, now they are trying to protect there interests in ukraine.  the bright side that all empires eventually collapse. 
    andriyy
    Neo-nazi Ukraine, huh? CIA's funding of Al Qaeda? 😆😆😆 Next here: Jews rule the world, Muslims will conquer Europe, reptiloids from Nibiru are actually the ones affecting American politics, being gay is a choice, playing PokemonGo is a blasphemy.... Aaaah, the beautiful world of Russian propaganda....
    MrKRB64
    Justin Bieber has been banned from China recently- Lucky for the citizens there the pop scrotum not being able to play is a good thing unlike the artists on this list. Hopefully other country's follow suit and his only gigs are at Guantánamo bay, Antarctica or the moon HUR HUR  
    sweenster
    "south of heaven" and "the antichrist" are slayer songs and this article has them listed as LOG songs...who the fuck wrote this article?
    andriyy
    1. Bloodhound Gang is banned from Ukraine, too, as Hasselhoff "urinated" at Ukrainian flag at some Russian gig shortly after incident mentioned in the article. 2. Cat Stevens wasn't actually banned from US, it was the guy with the same name on the watch list. It just happened, they he was denied entry on occasion, because border control didn't bother to thoroughly check the identity, just the name.
    andriyy
    1. Bloodhound Gang is banned from Ukraine, too, as Hasselhoff "urinated" at Ukrainian flag at some Russian gig shortly after incident mentioned in the article. 2. Cat Stevens wasn't actually banned from US, it was the guy with the same name on the watch list. It just happened, that he was denied entry on occasion, because border control didn't bother to thoroughly check the identity, just the name.
    Way Cool JR.
    2 Live Crew were banned in the USA in 1990 because of obscene lyrics.  It was completely illegal to even sell their albums.    
    swilliams1989
    Weren't Cannibal Corpse banned from Germany once for a while?
    moe_jeechem
    I believe it was only some of their albums that were banned, they could still play in Germany but could not perform songs off certain albums. 
    svelle
    Wasn't the president of Malaysia a self proclaimed huge LoG fan?
    Spinnerweb
    That's the Indonesian president. Pretty cool really
    svelle
    Thanks for clearing that up, got me confused for a second.
    koalabacon
    Joko Widodo is the indonesian obama. He's very controversial in indonesian politics, but very progressive and well-liked among the indonesian youth. Conservatives in the country also don't like him because - get this - he's too dark.  Indonesia is a somewhat conservative muslim country, and Joko is trying to progress indonesia to a world stage economically and socially. But there is a lot of corruption and nepotism, so come re-election time there will be a substantial effort to remove him. But for now Joko is a pretty cool guy.
    Way Cool JR.
    I'm a "huge LoG" fan too. It lets me know I'm getting plenty of fiber and everything is functioning smoothly.  
    fokkertism
    The Ukrainian rock singer Oleg Skripka claimed in April that Russian speakers all have "low IQ" and need to be sent to ghettoes. This caused outrage in Russia.
    jesse1994
    I'd love to be banned from a whole country someday.
    Downfault
    Shouldn't be too hard. I'm sure if you do some major terrorist attack that would happen. But please don't do that.