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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Thursday, March 31, 2005

    Wu Bai in San Jose and San Francisco

    Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Taiwanese King of Rock, Wu Bai over the phone from LA.

    The 37-year-old rocker, which many compare to Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen, was giggly over the phone and spoke in both English and Chinese.

    He apologized for his "broken English" which was not that bad, and talked about how he liked spending time alone: jogging, visiting hot springs, and watching Japanese wrestling.

    For those of you wondering about the swooner, yes, he is still single and "alone," he says.

    Ch-check out my story on the rocker Monday.

    And here's more info on the idol in town:

    Wu Bai & China Blue Autograph Session
    WHERE: World Journal Cultural Center, 1606 S De Anza Blvd., San Jose
    WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday 4/4
    TIX: If you bought a ticket to the concert, then this session is free.
    WHY: Meet the rocker up close.

    And their concert
    WHERE: DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 4/5
    TIX: 21+; $50 ($60 at the door); 877-CMPG-388 (877-2674-388); etmall.com
    WHY: Wu Bai usually plays at 20-50 thousand big concerts in Asia, so this is a chance to see him up close and personal.

    2 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wu Bai is NOT single and he is not alone. he is married to the woman who runs his record label. Do your research, girl! This is just a PR white lie to make it look like he is available. he has been married to her for over ten years. ask around.

    3:13 AM  
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