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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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  • Sunday, April 03, 2005

    Wu Bai at the House of Blues in Los Angeles

    I'm in Los Angeles this weekend and caught Wu Bai on Sunset Blvd. (Check this link for my interview in Monday's paper.)

    He really is like a Taiwanese version of Bon Jovi or Aerosmith. Imagine Mandarin and Taiwanese 80's classic rock.

    It was truly a proud moment to have an Asian artist fill the 1100-person space at HOB on a Friday and Saturday night!

    But except for the blatant House of Blues sign, Wu Bai made you forget you were in the states. Almost everybody was from Taiwan and much of his set was in either Taiwanese or Mandarin.

    He also displayed some cockiness when he exclaimed first in Chinese that a lot of stars must have played in the venue. Then he said in English, "Well, I don't give a (expletive)." The crowd loved his moxy.

    For those of you coming to tonight's autograph session in San Jose and tomorrow's concert in San Francisco, here's some things to keep in mind.

  • Wu Bai was reportedly disappointed at the low turnout at LA's autograph session and threatened to pull out of San Jose's if the number of people that showed was as dismal.

  • The concert in LA was on Asian time. It was set to start at 7 p.m. It started at 8:30 p.m. - they wanted to get much of the crowd in before starting. And it was packed! (The HOB Sunset holds around 1100)

  • They wouldn't let you bring in cameras, but many sneaked in camera phones, and they didn't stop you from taking pictures from those.

  • Wu Bai performed a 2 hour set with a 20 minute intermission. If you're bringing friends that don't understand Chinese or Taiwanese, be prepared to translate a LOT. He didn't speak much English, except to greet the audience.

  • Bring earplugs! He will bring the roof the down.
  • 2 Comments:

    Anonymous Tony C. Yang said...

    Marian;

    Don't really know who this Mu Bai fella is, but I can say this-

    William Hung was quite entertaining on Christmas in Reno. He had filled an entire hotel conference ballroom at the Silver Legacy.

    Btw- I believe it's spelled "moxie."

    And are you going to the U2 concert? Take care, Adios>

    12:13 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    He also displayed some cockiness when he exclaimed first in Mandarin that a lot of famous rock stars must have played in the venue. Then he said in English, "Well, I don't give a fuck." The crowd loved his moxie.
    ===========

    Ms Liu,

    Am wondering how did Wu Bai and China Blue come across there? He sounded full of himself, cocky and arrogant, saying "I am the best of Chinese rock and roll" and "I don't give a fuck." How did the US media percive a guy like this?

    A fan in China

    3:10 AM  

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