Taipei, April 17 (CNA) – Taiwanese singer A-mei (張惠妹) concluded the 12-night Taipei leg of her ASMR World Tour on Saturday night with an emotional acceptance speech to her fans and staff.
Tearfully, Asia’s mandopop queen admitted during her curtain bow speech that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this was her first return to the venue in seven years, and ongoing complaints she and her team are receiving from neighborhood residents had received had piled in a lot of stress for her.
“Although there were obstacles along the way, which were a bit ridiculous at times, I have no regrets returning to Taipei Arena,” A-mei said.
While Taiwan’s COVID-19 cases were relatively low before the end of March, the outbreak started to worsen from that point, meaning A-mei had to open its first show on April 1 amid rising cases.
Since then, her show has been plagued by allegations of being a possible source of cases scattered across the country, as several concert-goers later tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to their hometowns.
Since the tour marked her first return to the arena since 2015, when local residents in the area complained about noise pollution and panic-inducing vibrations during her Utopia World Tour concerts, A-mei and her team took extra precautions to ensure the same complaints are not repeated would.
While these precautions bolstered the singer’s performance stage, ensuring shows ended before 10:30 p.m., and A-mei replacing her live performance catchphrase “let’s hop” with reminders like “don’t jump,” area residents took notice it nonetheless took to the internet and local media to air the same complaints of 2015.
On the flip side, fans of the singer were also upset that their idol’s efforts were met with enduring complaints instead of recognition, and that they themselves were urged not to enjoy the shows too physically.
In response, the singer began comforting her fans with humor at Saturday’s show, while assuring them that this would not be her last appearance at the venue. “I will not forget every one of your masked faces,” she said.
A-mei’s ASMR World Tour began with her 12-day “residence” at Taipei Arena, beginning April 1 and ending with Saturday’s show.
Ahead of Saturday’s show, the singer’s promotional agent and concert producer Isaac Chen (陳鎮川) said the tour could come to Kaohsiung by the end of the year.
The mandopop queen also addressed Chen’s announcement in her speech, saying, “Wherever you (fans) are, that’s where my concerts will be held.”