Snoop Dogg Pleas To Enter UK, Spreads Message Of ‘Love’

Days after being denied

a visa to enter the United Kingdom, rapper Snoop Dogg is spreading a message of

unity and peace on the One Love Peace tour with fellow rapper Sean "Diddy"

Combs. 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 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.

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