Taiwanese rock group, Mayday, who released their fourth album Time Machine earlier this month, were in town to perform at the 10th anniversary concert of Rock Records at the Hong Kong Coliseum last week. They are still the hottest rock band in Taiwan even after taking a two-year break from music. Their recent concert in Taipei, which attracted some 40,000 fans, broke the island's ticket sales record set by pop superstar Michael Jackson in the 90s. The band, formed in 1999 by vocalist Ashin, bassists Matthew Tsai aka Masa and Ming, and guitarists Monster and Richard Stone, were thrilled to play on the same stage in Hong Kong with veteran musicians such as Lo Ta-yu and Wu Bai. 'These musicians [from Rock Records] have been with us for years. When we were kids, we could only listen to their voice and music on cassette tapes and CDs. It's really exciting to see them playing live,' Stone said. 'This is the first time we have seen big brother Lo's live performance. He said some encouraging words to us [after the show] that really touched us,' Ashin added. While Masa did national service during the past couple of years, Stone and Ming studied music overseas and Ashin and Monster joined the production department of their record company. Band leader Monster said they tried hard to produce something different with the new album, incorporating some of their experiences over the past two years. 'We've put different music elements into the new album, and tried to blend them with rock,' Monster said. In their new single, Gamble God, which talks about changes in life, they inject Spanish guitar playing into the rock tune to create a Gypsy feel. Masa said: 'Everyone of us contributed loads of ideas for this album. We picked the best ideas and melodies from them and put it on the album.' The band said they would spend more time promoting their music in Asia in the near future. They hadn't made any decisions about their future direction but just wanted to keep on making music as long as they could.