To celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week earlier this month, the Taiwanese American Cultural Society of the Capital District brought several of Taiwan’s leading bands, vocalists and singer-songwriters to The Egg.
In an uncharacteristic twist to traditional concert presentations, headlining rock quartet The Chairman kicked off the Amazing Taiwan Music Culture Tour with a healthy dose of rock and roll. You didn’t have to understand the Chinese lyrics to get the message. Rock is now a universal language, and as long as there are powerful guitar chords, wailing leads and heavy drum beats, it’s all good.
The Chairman’s front-man Ji, lead-guitarist Bai, bassist Jun and drum master Mickey – all first name kind of guys – wore half-face masks reminiscent of the Los Straightjackets’ Mexican wrestling masks, but with the colourful costume verve associated with Kiss – sans the platform shoes.