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'Chinese Beatles' want to meet British Beatle at London concert

2013/11/05 21:00:07

London, Nov. 4 (CNA) Taiwanese rock band Mayday, which has been described by the Washington Post as "the Chinese Beatles," said Monday in London that it would like to invite Paul McCartney, a founding member of the renowned British band, to see its first European tour concert next year.

Stone, the lead guitarist of the five-piece band, told CNA that he would like to share the music of the "the Chinese Beatles" with the 71-year-old McCartney in their London concert in February.

"I will send an invitation to him whether he will be able to make it or not," Stone said, adding that he has studied at a music school in Liverpool that was founded by the famed British musician.

Monster, the guitarist, said that although the group would also like to invite other British rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to their show, what they most want to see is the participation of their overseas fans.

The Golden Melody-winning band announced earlier Monday at an international press conference in London that it will hit the road for its first European tour next year to mark the band's 15th year of existence.

Answering reporters about their feelings of being dubbed the "Chinese Beatles," the band members said through an interpreter that they were too humble to accept the title because they are still working hard to get their name out in Europe.

However, being deeply influenced by the British band, they said the name is a great honor and that they are grateful to have a chance to host a concert in London.

Although all the band members have loved the The Beatles since they were young, vocalist and songwriter Ashin did not answer a question of whether they will sing any Beatles songs in Europe.

The "1st Time World Tour in Europe" will see the band perform Feb. 21 in London, Feb. 23 in Paris and Feb. 26 in Amsterdam -- part of the band's Nowhere World Tour.

It will then embark on a tour of Canada and the United States in March.

The band's Nowhere World Tour has taken it to dozens of major Asian cities over the past two years, attracting more than 2.4 million people.

Formed in the late 1990s, the band is known for its roots as a student band and for capturing the spirit of Taiwanese youth. It has claimed the Best Band title at the annual Golden Melody Awards -- Taiwan's version of the Grammies -- in 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012.

(By Jennifer Huang and Maia Huang)