There’s more news coming out on that “Unbridled” (Pepsi) video, though you could swear upon reading the news that you’ve read this story at least three times before in different contexts. You see, this time Mayday will be exploring what their lives would be like if they were not yet stars. See, that’s completely different from the videos for “Nine Ball” and “Breakthrough Day,” not to mention the DNA concert video, all of which explored what their lives would have been like if they hadn’t been stars. In this video, they all have their various jobs, but they still manage to find time to get together to rehearse and dream about being a band. There’s a big climactic scene with an outdoor performance in which it rains buckets, causing the audience to run for cover and all the electric instruments to short. They’re left with only the sound of the drums, yet they defiantly continue to sing into the rain. It harkens back to their early tours, when they first earned their “Rain Men” moniker.
Mayday will perform at the World Games in Kaohsiung on the 19th, which was actually a few days ago. Ahem. Mayday performed at the World Games in Kaohsiung on the 19th.
The band was also out stumping for Mass Mutual Mercuries Life recently. Masa was fooling around with the microphone posing like a body-builder and just generally making everyone (photographers included) giggle. When asked who in the band they’d be willing to insure (seriously, who comes up with these questions?), Ashin replied that of course it’d be Masa, because he could act as a microphone stand for him. Guanyou far more seriously thanked the crowd for their support in all the things he has learned recently, and the rest of the band expressed their support for and faith in Guanyou.
The event included fifteen deaf children performing Mayday’s “Breakthrough Day” in sign language; the band later took the stage to learn a little from the kids. The band’s sign language was not particularly well-practiced, but it apparently still created an opening for a free thinking reporter to ask if in honor of their tenth year as a band they’ve planned any special dancing for their concert tour; the band replied that since they can’t even sign adequately, they’d better stick to their music.
The band filmed a new advertisement for the company that returns them to their suits, but also includes them using sign language; Masa got so involved in the filming that there were a lot of jokes about his future as an idol drama star. The band also played a sign language game that succeeded largely because they understand each other well, and not on the basis of their still rather bad signing.
Upcoming concerts for the band include Harbin on August 1, Hangzhou on August 21, Singapore the last weekend of August, and Nanjing on September 19 (though I’m told the latter might have been moved to October 6).