It was a night to remember for fans of Taiwanese band Mayday over the weekend.
The five-man band held their world tour at the Beijing Arena recently, where the two-day concert attracted up to 200,000 fans. Mayday also specially built a 270m stage extension -- the longest in Asia -- for the show, which cost NT$260 million (approximately S$11 million).
To prepare for his run on the 270m stage extension, leader vocal Ashin had spent at least an hour on the treadmill; to which member Monster joked, "[If not,] he'd lose half of his life after running just one round!"
Opening their concert with the track '2012', the group used thick smoke to elude a Doomsday effect. When lead vocal Ashin began singing, emotions amongst the fans began to run high. The atmosphere in the stadium was overwhelming, after just three consecutive fast-tempo songs.
Mayday -- touted the finest Chinese rock band since their debut 13 years ago -- finally performed at the Beijing Arena for the first time, under the witness of fans from all over the world.
Ashin said, "We finally made it to the Beijing Arena on Apr 29, 2012. We'd like to thank everyone for being here to witness this special moment."
When the band performed 'Stubborn', the 100,000 fans in the audience waved a card, creating a "human rainbow" as guitarist Monster and Shi Tou played on a five-feet tall elevated stage.
Monster, who is afraid of heights, told himself, "[I] can't be scared!"
As Beijng had been experiencing heavy rain in the past few days, the group's manager even went to the temple to pray for good weather.
It is believed that both Mayday and Lee Hom had received a NT$7.5 million (S$310,000) subsidy from the Taiwanese News Department to film a 3D movie.
Mayday will release footages from their concert at the Beijing Arena as a 3D documentary. Twenty 3D cameras were used to capture videos of their performance, with hopes of getting the best visual effects.