10 Rock Artists Who Got Banned From Certain Countries

2. The Rolling Stones - Japan

Patron saints of rock 'n' roll hellraising, The Rolling Stones have been the benchmark for bad behaviour in the genre for the better part of a century.

The Stones have been part of some of rock's wildest moments and established a lot of the conventions of crazy rockstars that we still see to this very day.

Their rowdy antics made them public enemy number one in a lot of places. They were once forced to go on the run from their own government, as they ended up accidentally owing the UK seven years' worth of taxes.

Japan were also not fans of the band, denying them permission to play there as part of a 1973 tour of the Pacific. It wouldn't be until 1990 that one of the world's biggest musical groups finally touched down in The Land of the Rising Sun.

Absence had definitely made Japanese hearts grow fonder of the band as, when they finally turned up, people paid hand over fist to see them.

For just two weeks' work, The Stones earned a reported $30 million thanks to their rabid Japanese fanbase.

Alright for some, eh?


Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including rock music, giving acclaimed films three-and-a-half stars, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am, and writing about himself in the third person.