It occurs to me now, in re-reading that last post, that I forgot to mention that yes, I’d be back in the new year, but that I’d also be traveling with limited internet access most of January. Hmm.
Well, anyway, I’m back from my trip, which took me to Europe but – naturally – not at the same time as Mayday.
Mayday, in Europe. Who would have thought it all those years ago?
On the 29th – so right in the middle of the New Year’s festivities – Mayday played for “Taiwan Night” at an international music festival in Paris, France. Originally, they were scheduled to do only eight songs, but the audience was so enthusiastic with its calls for encores that they played an extra three. On February 1, the band will hold an additional small show for only 500 people; it sold out in an instant, with scalpers getting up to 400 euro for a resold ticket. (Okay, wow. That’s freakish but also quite impressive.) Mayday, of course, found it a bit out there too.
Ashin’s “rain man” persona followed the band to France (just in case you, like me, had forgotten all about this – back in the years with the annual summer shows, Ashin was supposedly cursed into being able to always make it rain the day the band played. There’s certainly a lot of footage out there of Mayday playing through downpours). France got four consecutive days of rain, which was supposedly unusual for this time of year. Guishou was forced to treat the roadies to a big fish dinner to cure their melancholy. (I love these articles – they just jump all over the place.)
Attending the performance there were, of course, a number of Chinese study abroad students, but also European fans. There were people who’ve followed Mayday’s music, but also some German fans who amazingly showed up and presented the band with French pink champagne (I dunno, is pink champagne really all that rock and roll?) – giving the band a taste of another kind of fan culture.
‘Kay, I think that means that the next time they’re in the U.S., we need to invent some sort of wacky American “fan culture” to present to them, and see if we can make the news wires. Who’s with me?