Okay, it’s official: A-yue gets the coolest gigs. Four years ago he was invited to tour the United States with shows in the House of Blues in ten cities, known as the “Kill Kitty” Tour. (He gets bonus points on that one for taking a stand against Hello Kitty-ness.) He’s got this whole WNP Tour coming up this fall, starting with the MTV international broadcast.
Then, at the Golden Melody Awards this year, Mandopop veterans Lo Ta-yu (羅大佑), Jonathan Lee (李宗盛), and Emil/Wakin Chau (周華健) performed together, and apparently they found the experience addictive. Though up until now they have all had their own, independent music careers, they decided to form a “superband” – in the grand tradition of groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Yong or the Traveling Wilburys – and put out a record… and they asked A-yue to join them, to create interest with a younger crowd.
The guys joked that 34-year-old A-yue, on whom I now officially have a hopeless crush, 48-year-old Emil, 50-year-old Jonathan, and 56-year-old Ta-yu together have close to 200 years of life experience – more than enough for an album of songs. Emil joked about having listened to the other guys’ music growing up, a point which A-yue seconded, leaving poor Jonathan and Ta-yue to say that they listened to someone’s music growing up as well. When asked who would be band leader, they dissembled, saying they’d just work out their differences democratically.
Their new superband has been named for the western rail line in Taiwan (the Chinese name is 縱貫線; I’m not sure if they’ll transliterate that to Zongguan Xian, be “Western Line” in English or something else entirely), and they plan to release an album… they joked that they’d be submitting it for best album and best band consideration. When asked who they considered their greatest competition for such prizes, Jonathan Lee immediately replied, Mayday and sodagreen! Naturally.
The mention of sodagreen immediately brought Lo Ta-yu in for some teasing about his having read their name backwards at the Golden Melody Awards, but A-yue was also teased about the fact that he famously once mooned his audience in a concert. (Hmm, I see no objections to this from where I’m sitting…) His elders in the music industry assured him that he would be welcome to repeat that performance any time he pleases, noting as well that they would be willing to join him, but… well, doing so at this age won’t exactly get them any girls. Heh. Lo Ta-yu also joked that the whole “superband” idea was born after an evening together drinking a dozen bottles of wine… something they appear to be recreating in this picture. But hey, if they come up with an idea this intriguing after that much drinking, I’d say they should partake more often – this will be an interesting CD.
In personal news, I’m moving this week, so I won’t be posting much. I’ll catch up on any news I miss when the ugly part of the packing is behind me.