Perhaps he’s been taking all those revolutionary ideals a bit too much to heart, but last Saturday at a fan meet-up/Guanyou birthday celebration, the seemingly quiet drummer took over as lead singer, forcing Ashin to a background place at the drums:
You see Ashin? You reap what you sow.
Actually, the whole adventure seems to be part of Mayday’s endless efforts to amuse their fans. Over the course of the event (sponsored by the Liberty Times), Masa played some piano and Monster, bass; Guanyou also tried his hand at some “piano bar” style keyboarding (hmm, could that have gone well?). Stone was missing, though, as he was/is still in the U.S. working on what this article called an English album for Victor Wong. (I wonder if it is an English album, or just some English tracks, or if that bit is just a misunderstanding? I’ll have to keep an eye on that one.) The guys have a lot to celebrate, with the success of the Taipei concerts, the fact that their Jump! album is selling well, and (of course) that Guanyou is another year older.
You can see a short clip of Guanyou’s performance (and hear Ashin actually do pretty well on the drums) here. If you look closely at this video, you’ll notice that Monster continues to make poor choices with regard to his sideburns. As a part of the same event, two favorite Mayday roadies did a sorta camp, sorta scary version of “Elope to the Moon,” and the video for that is here. Be warned: that video is *really* not for the faint of heart. [Thanks to Jennifer for the tip on this one!]
In semi-related news, but of the sort of genuine interest to no one but me, I have finally received my Toronto Jump! tickets. This means that I have stopped pouting and saying bitter things about the Canadian postal service (only fair, as the delay appears actually to have been on the U.S. side of the border). I have so much to do in the next few weeks, though, that I doubt I’ll have trouble waiting patiently for August 24th. Well, not much, anyway.