Snoop Dogg Pleas To Enter UK, Spreads Message Of 'Love'
Home Office Minister John Reid banned the West Coast lyricist from performing in the UK.
Snoop Dogg, who was slated to perform Tuesday (Mar. 27) at Wembley Arena, was also set to play dates in Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Nottingham.
According to Celena Aponte of UK tour promoter The Outside Organisation Ltd, the One Love Peace tour takes its name from the Bob Marley hit song that was performed at a peace concert in Jamaica.
Marley used the event to unite opposing political parties and gangs in an effort to stop political violence.
As a result, the One Love Peace outing "is specifically aimed at sending out a message of nonviolence to kids."
To date, the tour has played to more than 100,000 throughout Europe without any incident or arrest.
Snoop Dogg and Combs met with advisors after their show in Dusseldorf, Germany last night (Mar. 25) night to devise strategies for combating recent violence in the UK, in hopes of the rapper reaching an agreement to have the performance ban on Snoop lifted.
"A decision was reached, they feel strongly that the uniting message of the One Love Peace Tour will need to be shared with fans no matter what and discussions are underway with production teams so that Snoop can still be involved in the show," tour representative Celena Aponte said in a statement. "Both Snoop and P. Diddy were overwhelmed with messages of support from fans and superstar friends yesterday and today."
In addition to making a donation from the tour to a stop the violence charity, Snoop Dogg and Combs hope to utilize their celebrity connections to reach more people on stage.
Aponte added that Snoop hopes the British government will reconsider their ruling and added that "many routes are being explored to the Prime Minister to have the decision reversed."
Snoop was banned from the UK in April. 2006, after his 30-plus entourage became involved in a brawl in London's Heathrow Airport, when they were denied entry into a first class lounge area of the airport.
Snoop was issued a caution in relation to the incident and he was also permanently banned from flying British Airways.