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  • 13 March 2014, 12:00

Rolling Stones Song 'Vetoed' At China Show

The lyrics for Honky Tonk Women were apparently too much for Chinese fans of the Rolling Stones after the song was "vetoed" for their second ever show in the country.

The ageing British rockers, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, performed on a stage in the shape of the band's ubiquitous tongue and lips logo at the Shanghai venue.

"About now we'd usually play something like Honky Tonk Women ... but it's been vetoed," front man Jagger said, according to a posting on the band's official Twitter feed.

He did not give a reason.

Concert-goers confirmed Jagger's comments at the packed show on Wednesday night but said the reaction from the audience was muted.

"He didn't play it for shock," said Andrew Chin, a local arts writer who attended. "People were just excited to see the Stones."

The song describes a "bar-room queen" who "tried to take me upstairs for a ride" and another woman who "blew my nose and then she blew my mind".

A fan from Kazakhstan, Airman Tazabek, who now studies in the city, said she was impressed by the Stones' amazing spirit.

"They have been 51 years on stage and they are over 70 years old. And I don't know if I have another opportunity to have this feeling of their concert.

"So I'm really happy and I'm grateful to Shanghai for giving me this opportunity. It was an awesome feeling.

"We've been dancing and singing and so my voice is so cracked now. It was amazing and I'm really happy that I came with my friends. So it was really cool and I'm really grateful that we have this opportunity," she added.

The veteran rock band have played in the city once previously, eight years ago, when several songs fell victim to the censor, including Brown Sugar.

China censors content it deems to be politically sensitive or obscene. Authorities have been especially sensitive about live concerts since Bjork chanted "Tibet" during her song Declare Independence in 2008.

China considers Tibet its sovereign territory.

Elton John dedicated a Beijing show to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei in November 2012, provoking condemnation by state-controlled media.

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