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Ranting and Complaints of Life in Taiwan

FTB Concert in Taipei

Freddie on the stage

Freddie on the stage

One of the last thing you’d expect in Taipei City at this age and time is a concert in support of a free Tibet. As many people are aware of, 2009 marks the 50th anniversary  of the mountain nation under communist rule.

Turnout for the concert on July 11 was in the neighborhood of thousands. While most of the performers are Indies groups, the ‘heat’ and ‘excitement’ at the scene was relatively intense.

The venue of the concert is located right across from the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi department store in Xinyi Area. It’s actually quite fortunate, because the balconies and sky walkways next to the venue offer photographers a perfect spot to nail down the actions on stage w/o having to cut your way through the crowd. Despite the poor lighting conditions, the 70-200mm f2.8 does get the job done (thought this reminds me to get my hands on an extender, since the stage is still a bit far).

A view of the concert venue from the balcony of the department store

A view of the concert venue from the balcony of the department store

Despite the obvious political overtone to this event, the concert itself was relatively high-paced – especially with the more ‘intense’ performing groups. Having arrived after 7 p.m. (the concert began at about 1 PM in the afternoon), I missed the video message of Dalai Lama but was on time for the rocking performance by CTHONIC.

Freddy on stage with full fire power

Freddy on stage with full fire power

Well, I knew the band was supposed to be a rock/metal band, but wasn’t prepared to see the unique makeup (something you’d expect from death metal genre) the band members had on when they played.

Band members shrouded in green and red light

Band members shrouded in green and red light

Freddie shrouded in red

Freddie shrouded in red

Though I’m not a big fan of black metal, there’s many people in the crowd who are totally excited about the performance. Of course, there’s also the random old fella who seems totally out of place wandering among the audience.

A huge banner of the spiritual leader in exile

A huge banner of the spiritual leader in exile

Just an interesting note: Despite the Tibetan theme of this concert, I also saw the flag of East Turkestan flying at the concert venue (not to mention the underlying TI theme). Rather than saying it’s a concert for condemning the 50-year occupation, the event is a meeting ground for a number of different views.

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July 16, 2009 - Posted by | Good excuse for photos

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