On June 19, six bands from the mainland gathered in Beijing at the MAO Live House to perform together in a “I love Tanya Chua” concert. Performers included Fusion, Lucky Monkey (跳猴), Skyscraper（摩天樓), BAD DREAM, Magic Mama (魔法媽媽), and Cartoon (卡通).
The performance began with sodagreen live via satellite (I’m unclear on where they were – this might have been during their recent promotional stop in Singapore) playing one of their favorite Tanya songs, “Remember (紀念),” which of course they recorded on their live albums. They said they were sorry to be unable to attend in person, but that made them no less determined to take part. After that, all the bands played a number of their own compositions and covered at least one Tanya Chua song during their respective sets.
Fusion has been getting the press and attention lately, making them one of the big draws for the night. They covered the title track of Tanya’s last album, “Goodbye & Hello,” and the reporter calls it one of the highlights of the evening. They didn’t take the stage until after midnight, but they had plenty of enthusiastic fans waiting for them. The band also had a few fans from overseas “using their own methods” of cheering the band on. (I have no idea what this means, though it makes that handful of Foreign Fusion Fans sound pretty exotic.)
Tanya herself rarely visits the mainland, but clearly she has a number of very loyal fans there nonetheless. These young bands can learn from her experience and her persistence, and they admire her very much. When the event’s organizers announced their determination to hold a “I love Tanya Chua” event, a number of bands immediately signed up; though the bands where to honor their heroine, they also were given space to do their own performances, so some of the lesser-known groups could find their audiences.
Sort of a random, but fun story. Oh, and speaking of things that are random and fun (for me, anyway), I noticed this week that as of today, I’ve been Mayday/Mandopop blogging for two years. My, but those two years flew by. Amusingly, my very first entry was about Mayday not breaking up, a recurring theme here. The second was about a concert and the third included a complaint about Ashin’s fashion choices, both of which are also frequent topics for me. Well, at least I’m consistent…