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
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