Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Sonic Youth to play China

Sonic Youth to play China
Band play their first ever shows there
02.Mar.07 7:03pm

Sonic Youth are finally set to play their first shows in mainland China
during an upcoming tour of the Far East.

Aside from taking in Japan, the art-rock quartet also have dates
planned for Shanghai and Beijing subject to the Ministry Of Culture in
the People's Republic of China granting their approval.

Speaking to NME.COM, singer/guitarist Thurston Moore revealed his
excitement at this jaunt.

He said: "Usually these kind of things are pretty underground but it
seems like we're playing in real theatres so there must be enough
people out there who are into us to make it worthwhile. I'm planning to
wear my promotional T-shirt of the film 'Shanghai Surprise' with Sean
Penn and Madonna in it- it's one of the worst films ever made!"

Moore also admitted that that he wasn't entirely sure what the audience
reaction would be judging by previous experiences.

He added: "We played the USSR in the late 80s and everybody expected
this rock band from America but the way we were playing, I think a lot
of people thought we were getting it wrong! They were like, 'What's
that? That's not rock music. That's some other kind of fucked up shit'.
Maybe it'll be a similar thing."

The full far-east tour is:

Osaka, Japan, Namba Hatch (April 17)
Nagoya, Japan, Diamond Hall (18)
Tokyo, Japan, Studio Coast (20- all Japan dates with The Boredoms)
Beijing, China, The Star Live (23)
Shanghai, China, Shanghai Concert Hall (24)

The band then return to the US to play the first day of Coachella on
April 27.

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