Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Ah, censorship

China Orders Rolling Stones to Ax Songs

The band, which is scheduled to perform in Shanghai April 1 and in Beijing April 4, will not be allowed to play "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Beast of Burden," or "Let's Spend the Night Together," said Chen Jixin head of Beijing Time New Century Entertainment, a concert organizer behind the two China dates.

The four songs, all of which include sexual references, were originally cut from the mainland release of the band's "40 Licks" compilation album by China's culture ministry, Chen said. "Brown Sugar" refers to an interracial coupling.

Interracial coupling? Scandalous! Well, the fact that they're even being allowed to play at all is a huge step, considering they've been trying to get in since 1970. Rock on China!

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