Rolling Stones Return to China, Setlist Censored by Chinese Government

Chinese government vetoes classic songs.

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The Rolling Stones recently played their first show in China in seven years. And, as NME notes, the performance was subject to censorship by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

Similar restrictions were placed on the band when they played their debut show in the country in 2006. This time around, the Chinese Ministry of Culture told Mick, Keith et al. That two of their signature songs, "Brown Sugar" and "Honky Tonk Woman" were off limits.

The full set list for the band's March 12th performance at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena was as follows:

01. Jumpin' Jack Flash
02. Get Off My Cloud
03. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
04. Tumbling Dice
05. Dead Flowers
06. Ruby Tuesday
07. Street Fighting Man
08. Doom and Gloom
09. Miss You
10. Slipping Away
11. Happy
12. Midnight Rambler
13. All Down the Line
14. Paint It Black
15. Gimme Shelter
16. Start Me Up
17. Sympathy for the Devil18. You Can't Always Get What You Want19. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

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    Radies and gentremen, prease wercome to the stage....the Rorring Stones!! They gonna pray a rearry roud rock and a rorr!!
    Classic "iammclovin". Hey, you know any black jokes? I like to read them before the Klan meeting.
    account ban in 3.. 2.. 1..
    because he made a joke? grow some sence of humor
    Your SENSE of humor is clearly in a very sorry state if that comment made you even smirk a little. I like offensive humor as much as the next guy, but that comment just sucked in a very unfunny way.
    I like to troll UG articles as much as the next guy, but seriously **** you.
    And yet they let Street Fighting Man through...? I still don't understand their censoring logic.
    I guess they just don't want sex-driven songs played... Or at least the only ones they can tell are about ladies. I mean, who cares why he's not "satisfied," we've got to protect the people from mentions of Brown Women!
    Lots of those songs contain references to dissent, crime, drugs, anti war. Weird.