LONDON (March 27, 2007) — Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy have been forced to scrap a tour of Britain after authorities denied Snoop Dogg a visa, according to a statement Tuesday.
The duo, currently on a European tour, had been expected to play five dates in Britain.
“I am disappointed that I was denied the opportunity to share my message of love and harmony with my U.K. fans. With my mic and my presence, I am able to reach the kids that the politicians can’t and tell them to stop the violence. I was shocked by the decision but am optimistic that the British authorities will soon realize my global efforts to promote peace and grant me the opportunity to come back for my fans soon,” Snoop said in a statement released to Access Hollywood.
Tour organizers had said that the concerts, starting with one at London’s Wembley Arena on Wednesday, would go ahead without Snoop Dogg.
British Home Office rules state that foreign citizens can be barred from entering the country if there were concerns about their presence.
In April 2006, Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl, and spent the night in jail after trouble flared when some in his party were denied entry to British Airways’ first class lounge at Heathrow Airport.
Seven officers received minor injuries — mainly cuts and bruises — and one suffered a fracture to the hand.
Snoop Dogg was previously barred from entering Britain in May 2006.