Thursday, January 21, 2010

Super Band's super feat in 2009

WHICH Taiwanese band made the most money last year?

It's not S.H.E, Mayday or Fahrenheit, but Super Band.

The band, which is made up of Luo Da-you, Jonathan Lee, Wakin Chau and Zhang Zhen-yue, beat superstars like A-mei and Jolin Tsai in the amount of money earned last year.

The band was in second place, with only Jay Chou ahead of them.

And Super Band's way of raking in the moolah is simple: Holding concerts.

Super Band has held a whopping 60 concerts since the first one in Taipei on 7 Mar last year.

The guys will come full circle and perform in Taipei again at the end of this month. They will be on the return leg of their world tour, and it will be the last concert.

They'll also hold their second concert in Singapore this Saturday. Their first was in July last year.

Of all the places they've performed in, including those in China, Malaysia, US and Canada, the one that left a lasting impression on Wakin was Harbin.

He said of the show in the Chinese city: 'A thunderstorm and heavy rain suddenly interrupted the concert. We asked the audience if they wanted to take a break and take shelter from the rain.

'But no one moved. Instead they shouted at us not to stop. We were very touched and felt everyone's passion.'

For his band mate Zhen-yue, it was Super Band's opening concert in Taipei last year that left the deepest impression.

'I went surfing three days before the concert and accidentally cut my leg on the surfboard,' he recalled.

'I was afraid everyone would be so worried about me that the concert would be affected. So I went all out to hide the injury. It was only after the concert that they knew about it.'

Tokyo concert

But Da-you still has reservations about their Tokyo concert held in November last year.

He fell into a hole in the middle of the stage there. Though he suffered only minor injuries, he joked: 'Singing can be dangerous sometimes!'

Super Band will officially disband after its concerts in Taipei on 29 and 30 Jan.

Jonathan said the most pressing task for him after they go their separate ways is to catch up on sleep. He added that he will also give a handmade red guitar to every band mate as a parting souvenir.

Zhen-yue joked that he was so busy last year that he didn't even get to meet his parents.

'Friends have also forgotten about me. This year, I intend to travel, exercise and hopefully take part in some music festivals,' he said.

Da-you added that he will continue to make good music and, perhaps, collaborate further with Zhen-yue.

Wakin admitted that their splitting up would take some getting used to. They had built a bond after being together for a year. Nevertheless, they will not be sad because they can still get together often.

He intends to record an album this year.

The New Paper


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