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Dalian

Dalian, China - Sep. 11-17, 2002

Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Liquid Blue played in front of 65,000 and a TV audience of 50 million, in People's Stadium, Dalian, China Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Liquid Blue Represented the United States at the International Fashion Festival in Dalian, China Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The band played at sold-out People's Stadium for two night. The above shot is from the 1st night. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The round stage lifted up as the band performed their set. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The 2nd night, Sept 14th, was televised on CCTV both nationally and internationally. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The show was televised to over 50 million Chinese Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China It was re-broadcast later to over 1 billion Chinese and other markets, including the United States. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The Band played three songs at the event, Rhythm of Love, Be My Baby and Pong Yo, a Chinese song Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Dalian turned out to be possibly the nicest city we'd ever visited Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China At the time of this show the band only had a four song EP in China Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China We have video from this show available for viewing on this web site. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China To view the video of this show, go to the Video section of the site. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China We were lucky to keep our spot in the show as we had major problems at the sound check. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Michael rocked the crowd as his signature style Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Nikki and Dana during Rhythm of Love Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China There was many newspaper articles, TV coverage, etc. with features on the Fashion Festival and Liquid Blue. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China After the show we tried to watch the rest of the event from the stands, but even the aisles were overflowing. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China There was a spectacular laser light show as the band performed. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Scott sang "Be My Baby Tonight" from the bands 1st EP Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China A few days after the show the band members were hired as clothing model and take to Shanghai for photos. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Nikki got things started as the band opened with "Rhythm of Love". Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The Chinese name for Liquid Blue is pronounced Lan-Koo. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China After the show, the band posed for photos and signed autographs from hundreds of fans in the stadium. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China We stayed at the Zhongxia Hotel. We had private rooms with balconies that looked out to the ocean. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The Chinese song Pong Yo drove the crowd into a frenzy. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Even with in-ear monitors, the crowd's roar was deafening Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The full Stage was the size of a football field. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China A wide variety of act from all over the world performed at the Festival Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The event had to color and feel of a Super Bowl and was watched on TV by almost as many people. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The opening ceremony was a true spectacle. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The stadium has a capacity of 65,000, but the estimated crowd was more like 75,000 Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Dalian's population is over 6 million, which is quite large by our standards, but average in size for China. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Dalian sits on a beautiful coast line in the north-eastern part of the country, very close to Korea. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China We did not see many westerners in Dalian although it one of the nicest places we've ever visited. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The city of Dalian has weather similar to San Diego Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Scott with the MC of the event Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Being interviewed live on CCTV Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The band posing with the Governor of the region. Many officials were in attendance. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The promoter, band and staff of the Zhongxia Hotel, where we stayed. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Scott and Tim with a TV interviewer Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China During the tour, the band attended many press conferences, interviews, banquets, etc. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Traveling with the band to China was L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and his wife. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Every meal was a banquet. Chinese food that was nothing like you get here. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Diana Chen, the promoters assistant, with the girls Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Scott with some of the Russian dance troupe that also performed at the event. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The city of Dalian is one of the newest, most modern cities in China. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China There was at least one or two promotional banquets to attend everyday. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The day after the show the band went on a city tour and recognized many times and asked to sign autographs. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China We had been told that almost everyone in the country watches the Fashion Festival on TV Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Scott went for a ride in a prop glider Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Right after landing, some fans on the street asked Scott to sing Pong Yo Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Diana was so much help. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China On September 16th, the band performed a two hour show at the City Walk Theater in Dalian. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The theater had a near capacity crowd. The show was taped for a television special on Liquid Blue. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Scott interacting with the theater crowd Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Flowers were brought to the stage several times Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The Dalian theater was beautiful Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The entire concert was filmed for TV Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China Good night!
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This is the program for the theater show Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The Chinese food was traditional Northern Chinese cuisine, and very good. Liquid Blue (a San Diego dance band) in Dalian, China The Chinese eat lots of vegetables, many of which we had never seen.

Day by Day:

On Sept 12th the band did a press conference and went to the stadium for a sound check. That's when we were able to see just how large a venue we'd be performing in. Originally we had thought the venue was an indoor sports arena holding about 40,000. We were awestruck when we saw the actual stadium venue. We had equipment problems at the sound check which we couldn't resolve until the next day.

On the 13th we performed a five song set. We had no idea the stadium would be sold out, as the main event was not until the following night on the 14th. There may have been as many as 70,000 people on the 13th, as the stadium hold 60,000, but there were over 6000 performers and people the stadium was full beyond capacity as not only every seat was filled, but you could not walk in the isles as they were also full.

The 14th was the big day. This event was televised live to several cities in China for a total viewer ship of over 50 million people. It was also to be re-played to the entire country (1.3 billion) later in the month and also to western markets including the USA in early October. For this show, we were moved to the prime time, right in the middle of the show. Our start time was about 9:30, which was truly the best time slot given any performers. We performed from the center stage, which came up from the ground and was all lit up. It was a moment. Earlier in the day we met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who was attending the event that evening and in Dalian for business. At lunch we were invited to a banquet by the city of Dalian for the performers. The food was grand.

On Sunday the 15th we bathed in the glory of our newfound stardom as we took a tour of the city. We had a wonderful lunch banquet where we celebrated and gave many toasts and thanks. In the afternoon we drove along the beautiful coastline. The scenery is hard to imagine unless you were there, but suffice to say it was exotic and wonderful. Scott went up in a motorized hang glider over the city. We then shopped in a very nice, unique Chinese mall. In the evening we were taken to a night club where we drank and sang Karaoke.

On the 16th, some of the band set up for the evening show, while others rehearsed and went to the health club for sauna, massage and relaxation. Some of us slept in for the first time on the trip. In the evening we played our own two hour show at the City Walk Theater in Downtown. The capacity was 1200 and we nearly sold it out. The performance was taped for a later television special. We found a couple newspaper articles on the bands festival performance and had our traveling assistant Diana interpret them for us.

The 17th was a travel day, flying from Dalian to Beijing and then to Shanghai.

On the 18th we did a photo shoot with one of the top photographers in Shanghai. We desperately needed some updated photos, so this was great timing. The band was also modeled for a Chinese clothing company who will use the photos in their advertising. Each band member was given one or more pieces of clothing to model in and keep. Our drummer Tim got lots of attention from the photographer and did an extra modeling session the following day. We then did some shopping in the evening. Prices were great and the band bought lots of stuff. That evening we were invited to dinner by some prominent Shanghai businessmen who are working on bringing the band back to Shanghai very soon. This was truly the best meal of the tour and fit for a king (and queens). There was a traditional tea ceremony and each of the over 20 main courses had ingredients that included tea. (green tea or red tea). Each main course was a piece of art work. You didn't want to eat it for not to disturb the beauty, but it was irresistible once you took a taste. For many of us, this may have been the best meal in our lifetime. It was another occasion to celebrate the very best tour we've ever experienced.

On the 19th we reluctantly flew back to Los Angeles. Tim, Nikki, Michael, Scott, Ron, Dana and Mandy would never be the same. As with everything in China on this trip, the flight was on time and flawless. We said goodbye to our host Benjamin and his assistant Diana, as they stayed in Shanghai to prepare plans for our next visit. China Rocks!