Heading for medley of musical maladies
THE new Hong Kong Stadium is just the tonic that undernourished pop fans have been waiting for.
But as the countdown to the opening of the steel and concrete So Kon Po emporium for popular culture commences, the local medical fraternity might well find itself faced with a hitherto unheard of malady: concert fatigue.
It must be the new stadium that has got things rolling, but international pop stars seem to be scrambling over themselves to play Hong Kong, with local promoters seemingly in the centre of the melee.
Suddenly we are spoilt for choice - and beset with confusion. Should it be INXS and Michael Bolton? Or maybe just Depeche Mode, and possibly Bob Dylan - the weekly Mark Six entry willing.
Then there's Jean Michel Jarre, who plans to ''light up'' the place. While Peter Gabriel will also be in town to sing about Steve Biko (although with South Africa now well on the way to resolving its problems Gabriel might soon find himself stuck for material).
But back to Dylan. Keeping Posted understands the Jurassic rocker was picked up by one promoter after another promoter who was first offered Dylan turned him down because he felt the market was ''getting too saturated''.
We are yet to find out how many fans will be lining up to board Dylan's Slow Train Coming. Or for that matter, taking a ferry across the, er . . . harbour to listen to Gerry and the Pacemakers (Hong Kong Football Club, late February).
But suffice it to say, the way things are going the market will soon be perilously fragmented. And the first casualties then will come from the serried ranks of the promoters.
Meanwhile, here on Keeping Posted we'll keep things easier by carrying information as to who will not be playing Hong Kong.
But that's after we've told you that Janet Jackson will definitely be here in April.