Well, it’s official (almost). Douban kids have found Metallica’s MOC permit. August 13 in Shanghai, kiddies. We reproduce it in part below:
94 members in the touring party will keep AEG busy, whereas Live Nation will host the Pet Shop Boys for a two-week tour of Beijing and “other Chinese cities” from August 14 to 28. LIve Nation has been keeping busy, recently inking a deal with international entertainment company Lushington to promote concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore. The JV, Live Nation Lushington, kicks off activities with a Linkin Park show in August.
Rapper/producer/airport-hellraiser Kanye West descended upon China last week for two installments of his Glow in the Dark tour: first at the Beijing Workers’ Stadium on November 1, and then on Shanghai’s Grand Stage two nights later.
We at the Radar can only speak for the Shanghai show, where we managed to finagle some floor passes and ended up just 15 feet away from the dandy gangster himself. A taxing 30-minute opening performance from Taiwanese-American “singer” Vanness Wu was a blight on the evening, and we shall never speak of it again.
Rumours have been swirling for weeks, and now it’s official: Grammy-winning producer/rapper Kanye West will be passing through Shanghai for a gig at Hongkou Stadium next month. Although we don’t usually take anything seriously until we read about it on Kanye’s blog, we made an exception here after speaking to Steve Sybesma, CEO of China West (who are organizing the show along with Live Nation Asia).
When it comes to foreign artists playing in China, we have no shortage of big-budget stadium shows: Beyonce this past winter, Celine Dion in April, and last week’s Chivas/Red Cross Black Eyed Peas earthquake benefit (Planned as a Chivas party, the show had to be revamped as a fundraiser at the last minute in order to secure the proper event licensing. Whilst Chivas and the Peas are each said to have given substantial donations, lots of freebie tickets were given away to the media and government officials; how much the concert itself benefited earthquake victims is anyone’s guess.)
But there is a paucity of foreign performers who actually, you know, play musical instruments (Kenny G being a notable exception). Where are the Blonde Redheads and the White Rabbits? As Michael Chugg pointed out in a discussion of live music at Music Matters Asia, British and American indie acts like The Kooks,The Wombats and Cold War Kids are flying over Asia to play sold-out gigs in Australia and New Zealand. So why aren’t they stopping in our neck of the woods?