NEWS: Bon Jovi Forced to Cancel Taipei Concert Due to Typhoon

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Bon Jovi‘s star-crossed tour of the Far East has been dealt another setback, as a looming typhoon has forced the band to cancel a show in Taipei.

The band made the announcement on its official site, explaining that the Taipei show, originally scheduled for today, was being pulled due to an edict from the city’s central weather bureau, which has ordered residents “to cease all school and work” as Typhoon Dujuan prepares to make landfall.

Dujuan, referred to as a “super typhoon” in the press, comes bearing torrential rain and winds of roughly 150 miles per hour, and hits Taiwan only a few weeks after Taiphoon Soudelor, which killed at least seven people on the island before wreaking further havoc on mainland China.

The Taipei cancellation comes shortly after Bon Jovi’s first-ever tour of China was canceled, reportedly due to permits being pulled by the national Ministry of Culture over concerns regarding imagery from the band’s concerts and videos — specifically with regards to the Dalai Lama and the Tiananmen Square protests, both of which are highly sensitive subjects with the Chinese communist regime.

Bon Jovi’s Taiwan trip may not be a total bust, however — the band currently plans to perform its second scheduled show in Taipei, booked for Sept. 29. According to the group’s site, tickets for the Sept. 28 performance can be returned at the venue or exchanged for a ticket to the next night’s show. From here, the band moves on to Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv; here’s hoping they manage to get through both of those shows without incident.