From Justin Beiber to Bob Dylan: Taiwan welcomes world musicians
2011 is turning out to be the year for concerts in Taiwan. It's only April and already we have had the privilege of enjoying live performances by the likes of Janet Jackson, Macy Gray, The Eagles and Santana. And there's more to come, so mark your calendars to make sure you don't miss out on TOO much musical fun!
After the disappointing cancellation of his Taipei concert last year, the legendary Bob Dylan is finally making his way to the island on April 3. Tickets sold out quickly but, if you are a hardcore Dylan fan and wouldn't mind traveling to see him, his Asian tour will also take him to venues in Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and China.
Or you can save your money and attend the following shows in May, when there is no apparent shortage of touring bands and artists whose audiences range from the teenage set and beyond.
On May 3, hard rock Los Angeles band Mr. Big ("To Be With You") will be bringing down the house at Taipei's Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, followed by a Taichung show on May 4 at the Feng Chia University Sport Center. The shows will reportedly feature a special appearance by former Mr. Big's member, Richie Kotzen, who will have a separate performance with Taiwanese guitarist Marty Young at Taipei's Liberty Square on May 8. That same night, Australian duo Air Supply will be treating fans with a penchant for romantic ballads to a concert at the TICC in Taipei.
Those with younger members in the family can look forward to May 13, when Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne returns to Taiwan, and performs at the Nangang Exhibition Hall. Two days later, on May 15, the world's most famous teenager--Justin Bieber--will be taking the stage at the Taipei Arena. Could he be the first foreign act to play to a full house at the Taipei's biggest indoor concert venue?
On May 19, American pop rock band Maroon 5 will be performing in Taiwan for the very first time at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei. If you're not too familiar with their music, I highly recommend listening to one, if not all, of their three albums ("Songs About Jane", "It Won't Be Soon Before Long", "Hands All Over"). I've seen their show before, and I would happily go again.
So that's more or less your concert schedule for the month of May. Have fun, and I'll see you next month for more updates!