The small “Born to Love” concert in Tokyo went off without a hitch. The 600 tickets sold out in a single day last March, and the fans were full of excitement and energy as Mayday took the stage. They apparently presented the band with so many gifts, it took the roadies 20 boxes to get them all wrapped up to send back to Taiwan.
One woman left a note for Monster, asking if by any chance he is interested in older women? She’s 50, and she really, really likes him. Monster has received a fair amount of teasing from the other guys, who said they didn’t realize that in Japan, someone so ordinary becomes a heart-breaker – Monster can now compete with all the handsome guys in the idol groups. (Incidentally, my mom – also in her 50s – has long thought Monster is the best-looking member of Mayday.)
Monster can speak the best Japanese, and he helped translate what the band said to the audience. Ashin stubbornly kept trying to speak Japanese, but he clearly wasn’t very confident, because he ended each sentence with “Did anyone actually understand that?” leading to bursts of laughter from the crowd. The audience had clearly been studying up on Chinese, because they could sing along with all of Mayday’s Mandarin and Hokkien songs, even the ones off the new album. (More likely, the audience was predominently Chinese, but whatever.) Ashin did give a few extra words of encouragement to the Taiwanese concert-goers who live in Tokyo.
Takuro of Glay attended the entire concert, and he brought a member of jealkb with him.
Finally, the article notes that the Taipei concerts are almost sold out – the second night is completely sold out, and sales for the first night are at 99% capacity.
Update: This article notes a bit more about the reunion between Takuro and Mayday. Takuro and Monster chatted excitedly (presumably using Monster’s Japanese). Takuro said that the two groups have only tracked each other over the internet for the past few years, but seeing Mayday constantly trying to do better and achieve new breakthroughs has led Glay to work harder. (A pretty standard official statement, as these things go.) But this is the cute part: Guanyou and Stone brought out pictures of “Little Rose” (Guanyou’s daughter) and “Little Stone” (Stone’s son, obviously) to share with Takuro. Aw, the proud dads just can’t seem to help themselves, huh?