Chinese rocker Cui Jian invited to sing on TV gala

BEIJING (AP) — Cui Jian's manager says the Chinese rocker has been asked to appear on state television's Chinese New Year gala.

Cui fell out of favor with the government after he sided with protesting students during the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations.

While the invitation could be seen as finalizing Cui's political rehabilitation, it also points to efforts by China Central Television to revive interest in the New Year gala.

Known as the godfather of Chinese rock, Cui won fame in the late 1980s with songs such as "Nothing to my Name."

He played in Tiananmen Square in May 1989, days before the government sent in tanks to crack down on the protests.

His manager You You said there was never any specific ban on his performances, although he sometimes was refused permission.

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