Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sydney Olympic Park Acer Arena

CANBERRA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- More than 15,000 local and overseas fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park Acer Arena on Friday night to see the Asian pop star, Jay Chou's first live concert in Australia.

The attraction of Chou is his originality and creative work that embraces a unique mix of Chinese music and western influences.

He combines Chinese and Western music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization.

"I believe my music can speak to young generations from many countries as music is an international language that can help to break down the language barriers," Chou said.

During the concert, Chou displayed his talents in playing piano, drum, guitar and guzheng that showed distinctive Chinese characteristics. His stage show was complemented by a top Taiwanese band, exotic dancers and state of the art visual effects.

He dedicated his sensational song "Dao Xiang" to the youngsters and encouraged them to have a positive attitude towards life.

"You got to be strong....don't give up your dreams even when facing difficulties in life," Chou said.

Ryan Shum, a young student who attended the concert, described it as an "awesome experience".

The 19-year-old Shum said he was uplifted by Chou's music and inspirational message.

"I was amazed by Chou's talents in magic and Chinese martial art performance. I would like to see him perform again in Australia", Shum said.

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