Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
Taiwanese diva Jody Chiang concluded the last of her 25 farewell concerts around the
island at Kaohsiung Arena on Sunday by ceremonially locking away her microphone, signaling the end of a singing career spanning more than three decades.
Chiang slowly placed one of her most precious microphones into a jewelry box that was showered by some 10,000 keys from the rooftop. She then shut the box and locked it with a key before bowing to the audience.
Microphones have been the most precious tool in her singing career and she wanted to mark the end of her career accordingly, Chiang said.
Chiang performed the first of 25 farewell concerts on July 25. One of the biggest names on the Taiwanese-language music scene,
she unexpectedly announced on Jan. 2 that she would be putting down her microphone for good after a series of 16 goodbye concerts.
Her surprise announcement triggered a rush for tickets that overwhelmed the official ticketing site and ticketing machines at convenience stores around Taiwan during the three-day sale period. The website of Kham Ticket crashed as 180,000 users attempted to get tickets simultaneously. [FULL STORY]