Apparently The Boys China tour was canceled because of this tour poster

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Yesterday we posted about legendary UK punk band The Boys who recently released a LIVE album completely recorded in secrecy in China after their whole tour got canceled. On our social network our buddy Tyler, the drummer of Shanghai hardcore band Spill Your Guts, shared that there was much more to the story then simply being “banned” by the Chinese government. He pointed at the fact that the punk rock band used quite confrontational artwork on their tour poster that led the authorities to check up on the band which they then found out was in the country without proper work permits for a tour. Now, as most bands that tour China can tell you – ANY band can enter the country on tourist visas and there will be no issues. Unless you’re out there poking the bear – once that bear is up and running, yes, you will have problems.

What are your thoughts on this poster which led to The Boys having their entire tour canceled?

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8 Comments

  1. Danny Abbasi

    July 7, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I think the poster was asking for trouble, but the ensuing controversy and secret shows generated far more publicity than if the tour had gone off as planned. So, worked out pretty well!

    As a side note, Shanghai metal band Gou Shen’s new EP has artwork apparently by the same artist. Don’t think they’ve had any shows shut down, though:

    https://goushen.bandcamp.com/album/-

    • Unite Asia

      July 7, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Well that’s interesting! Has that metal band used the same artwork for a tour poster? Maybe that’s when the authorities can scent an issue. As far as I know record releases that are independently released and have only a thousand records printed really isn’t much on their radar.

      • Danny Abbasi

        July 8, 2015 at 3:01 am

        It is a tour poster, yeah, and a flyer. On the flyer, the full artwork isn’t visible. But the poster, which is up at Yuyintang in Shanghai, clearly shows a teenage girl being tortured by some kind of demon. Granted, she isn’t bleeding from her vagina which is what bothered the authorities so much about The Boys poster, I guess.

  2. goofball

    July 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    serves them right. that poster is asking for trouble, and their careless attitude just ruins it for everyone else. what’s the point? now all those venues are going to be under watch because of these douche bags.

    • Danny Abbasi

      July 8, 2015 at 2:57 am

      It’s true that in reaction to the Boys tour, a lot of venues were threatened with closure. I was touring with a band at that time, and several venues hadn’t promoted our shows due to fear of having their venues shut down.

      I don’t think we can blame Round Eye/The Boys for the adverse reaction to the poster, but this incident should be remembered and bands touring China should learn from this. This is not a country that recognizes freedom of expression. Bands should save it for the stage, and not make posters that give the authorities an excuse to crack down on rock music.

      • Jonathan Alpart

        July 8, 2015 at 7:28 am

        I agree that foreign bands should not taunt the government. In The Boys’ defense, many other bands had had similarly “dirty” posters commissioned by the same artist, to no negative reaction. My guess is this had more to do with the extreme paranoia and caution exercised by the gubmint after the New Year’s Shanghai crush.

  3. Muzz

    July 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

    What a great poster! If you get banned from playing you know you’re doing something right.

  4. Lucia

    July 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Sexist bullshit poster. So “creative”.

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