Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Rain Falls in HK concert

Rain fell in Hong Kong on Saturday _ the K-pop superstar dropped into a hole on stage during the "Rain’s Coming” concert.

Rain held two concerts in Hong Kong over the weekend to kick off the Asian leg of his 2007 world concert tour. Hong Kong ewspaper Oriental Daily reported that Rain fell into a 1.8-meter deep hole on stage while he was talking to the audience during the concert.

The audience was shocked at Rain’s sudden disappearance, which was followed by the dimming of the lights.

Rain appeared after a minute and apologized to fans. He appeared unhurt.

Despite the incident, fans seemed enthusiastic about seeing Rain. Thousands of female fans greeted Rain when he appeared on stage. Energetic singing and dancing, special effects and pyrotechnic displays marked the concert.

Hong Kong news reports said the Jan. 12 concert was sold out but the Jan. 13 concert was not full. Several Hong Kong celebrities, such as actress Karen Mok, were spotted at the concert.


There are high expectations for Rain’s tour, which is expected to make 100 billion won (roughly $108 million) from ticket sales.


Organizers have hired renowned stage director Jaime King, known for Madonna’s recent "Confessions Tour,’’ lighting specialist Roy Bennett and visual director Dago Gonzalez.
Rain will perform in Singapore on Jan. 21; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Jan. 27; Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 10 and 11; and Shanghai on April 14. There are also plans for concerts in Taipei, Taiwan; Los Angeles; New York; and Toronto.

Last December Rain performed to sold out crowds in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the United States. He is expected to release his first English-language album in the U.S. this year.


By Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Staff Reporter
The Korea Times



香港开唱掀热潮 Rain台上摔倒

  韩国万人迷Rain在香港一连三晚举行的世界巡回演唱会《Rain's Coming 06/07 Rain World Tour》 亚洲区首站,昨夜假亚洲国际博览馆正式揭幕。

  Rain一出场,不停扭腰扭臀及自摸胸部和下体,令歌迷尖叫不断,可惜他表演期间,不慎跌倒,出丑于人前!

  演唱会在晚上8点30分开骚,Rain身穿白色T恤,闪外套及裤从潜水艇舞台弹出,戴着黑色墨镜的他,演唱首本名曲《It's Raining》时,不停扭腰扭臀及自摸胸部和下体,但表演期间,他却不慎失足跌倒在台上。Rain失足跌倒,最心痛的是他的粉丝。
  连唱3首歌后,Rain除下眼镜将手放在耳边,歌迷即尖叫回应。Rain又以广东话说:“大家好!我是阿Rain!”

  之后他用英语说要给大家一个最美好的晚上,他会努力做好演唱会,而现场大银幕打出中文翻译。
  
  歌手演出,卖门票赚钱不在话下,演唱会精品更加好赚,韩国人气偶像Rain昨晚在香港举行巡回演唱会,最贵的站位每张1,280港元(约新币250元),由于不设划位,歌迷为争得有利位置,不惜通宵守候,而大会发售共16款不同类型的纪念品,要买齐纪念品Fans需共花3,580港元(约新币700元)。

  虽然Rain已有一阵子没到香港宣传,但并没有减低歌迷的热情,演唱会最贵的门票早已卖清,全晚入座率也超过九成。

  头戴黑超身穿金色外套的Rain,在逾万名Fans欢呼声之中登场,台上更摆放了一艘印上“Rain”的潜艇。

  Rain以歌曲《It's raining》打头阵,照样边唱边脱衣,露出一身结实胸肌,又与女舞蹈员大跳辣身舞。

  此外,Rain的香港歌迷会成员别出心裁,亲手用反光纸摺了星星纸牌派予前排歌迷,造成一片星海。

  大会在场外附设摊档专售Rain的纪念品,最贵是价值1,200港元(约新币240元)的纯银颈链加军牌,最便宜是仅20港元(约新币250元)的手带,甚至连Rain肖像面膜、日历和朱古力都有得发售,要买齐纪念品就要3,580港元(约新币700元),纪念品虽昂贵,但大批忠心歌迷还是疯狂抢购。

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