Hong Kong's Linkin Park fans in luck, if they go to Shenzhen

American rap metal sextet who've played Hong Kong four times are going on a China tour

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 June, 2015, 1:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 June, 2015, 10:15am

Linkin Park (sort of) comes to town … again: Over the past decade, Hong Kong's concert scene has seen its fair share of criticism from music diehards (think the guys who work at record stores, organise indie gigs or run music blogs) for lacking variety and buzz compared to Japan or Taiwan. Sometimes, the blame goes to promoters for playing it too safe and only eyeing the bottom line; other times it's pinned on local audiences for lacking, as the theory goes, "musical sophistication". Whatever the case, the general consensus is that we get the same mainstream bands over and over. It's hard to disagree, really, as the big Hong Kong concert news so far this year is, yet again, gigs by Muse and Maroon 5. Don't those guys come every other year? (That's only a bit of an exaggeration — these shows will be their respective third and fourth gigs here since 2007). Another band that seems to be a regular staple here is Linkin Park, who've played the city four times, and they'll sort of play their fifth on July 19, as they'll be in Shenzhen for part of what promoter Yong Le Live is calling the "largest scale China tour by an international rock band". Other dates on the rap-metal sextet's tour includes Nanjing (July 17), Shanghai (July 22), Chongqing (July 24) and Beijing (July 26).

Low-key opening for Shanghai film fest: Hong Kong stars Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen Ji-dan, Aaron Kwok Fu-shing, Simon Yam Tat-wah and director Derek Yee Tung-sing werein China recently to attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival. According to multiple reports, the red carpet vibe this year was subdued compared to years past, partly because a slew of South Korean actors and directors were told to stay away from the event amid the Mers virus scare and also because the Chinese government raised its iron fist and scrapped the screening of Japanese animated film Attack on Titan without notice. Or, perhaps everyone was nervous because volatile former boxing champ Mike Tyson was also in attendance (he stars in Ip Man 3 with Yen).

For this story and more, see 48 Hours, published on June 18