It’s the return of the suspenders. There was a long reprieve there, but they are back in full force. And from the angle of this picture, the “fat pants” theory is not looking like it holds much water.
Anyway, Ashin is sporting the hated trousers at a fan event in Singapore, where the band is promoting its August concerts and celebrating Guanyou’s birthday. With lots of games and activities, the laughter was abundant.
For Guanyou’s birthday, fans prepared a blank cake, so the other four could add designs to suit him. Naturally, the band added a big red car to the cake. In spite of the teasing, Guanyou’s birthday wishes included good things for the tour, for his family, and the health of all the members of the band. The band also warned Guanyou about choosing his friends more carefully, and said he’s taught them a great deal about this, including the need to select band members more carefully…. But in all seriousness, the other guys are worried and sorry for Guanyou’s troubles.
They played another game where fans wrote down their wishes, and the band members had to fulfill them. Stone drew one that requested seeing the band dance. And let’s just stop right there. I am so NOT getting this latest fan meme. Have these people not seen Mayday dance before? It is not pretty. Not pretty at all. And really, more embarrassing than funny. Enough with the dancing already! There are enough boybands in the Mandopop world without trying to add Mayday to the set! But back to the story. So the rest of the band started humming “DNA” so Stone could dance.
Mayday’s concert appeal has long had the ability to win them new fans, and as a testament to this, they’ve have four nights of concerts in Taipei in September, and two in Singapore in August. (I’m just realizing now that I missed the concert reports on Beijing. I’ll poke around for them in the next day or so and see if any are still up!)
In other news, about a week ago the band was the special guest at a Beyond concert in Hong Kong. Ashin brushed off his painfully bad Cantonese to sing “Lover (情人)” with the band, and both groups together performed “Tenderness” and “Missing You (想你).” In an interview, Monster noted that Beyond is Mayday’s idol, and joining them on stage was like a dream come true. Mayday will continue to learn from Beyond. With respect to Mayday’s Cantonese, Monster apologized, saying the band has no real gift for languages, but they did their best. Mayday hopes to see Beyond do a full concert in Taipei arena some day soon, and also hopes to get Beyond back for their own Taipei concert.