China music buffs gyrate to sellout rock show



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Shanghai 10000 people attend arena show Image: Smart Shanghai

Chinese post-punk band Re-Tros show was a total sellout on May 22nd. It was the biggest rock show in China since the beginning of 2020.

The ‘IQ Magazine’ stated that the soldout concert, promoted by the American global entertainment company Live Nation, saw Re-Tros (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) performing in front of a crowd of 10,000 music enthusiasts at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The production centered on a unique triangular stage that reflected the band’s logo, with the two-hour show also divided into three parts or ‘chapters’.

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc is an American global entertainment company, founded in 2010, following the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster. The company promotes, operates and manages ticket sales for live entertainment in the United States and internationally.

The 18,000-capacity Mercedes-Benz Arena, formerly known as the Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center, is an indoor arena located on the former grounds of Expo 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai (China). It is owned and operated by the AEG-OPG joint venture.

The band, who formed during the Chinese indie-rock renaissance of the mid-2000s, belted out some of their biggest hits, including ‘Momentarily Out of Mind’, ‘Pigs in the River’, ‘Billy Cannot Stop’, and ‘My Great Location’, closing with ‘Sounds for Celebration’.

The ‘IQ Magazine’ further quoted Edward Liu, Managing Director, Live Nation China, as stating, “Like the closing song itself, the show was a momentous celebration of sound, and there is no greater joy than that of live music and seeing fans connect with their favorite artistes. It’s been four years since the last time we saw Re-Tros on stage for a headline show and tonight was an unprecedented, ingenious and a spectacular display of Chinese rock music that will go down in history. The show tonight was just a beginning for Re-Tros and all of us who are here for the return to live.”

As of May 31st, 2021, China – where Covid-19 originated in Wuhan – had just 14 new cases of the dreaded virus.

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